I don't normally make a big fuss for breakfast on Valentine's Day (other than maybe a few jelly topped slices of heart-shaped toast). However, this year the holiday falls on a Saturday and I'm looking forward to getting up and preparing a family favorite for my husband and kiddos.
Did I mention I won't be getting up early to do it?
These quinoa breakfast cakes are cinnamon-y and are only lightly sweetened, making them the perfect base for a topping of fresh fruit and honey (or pure maple syrup if that's what you prefer). Best part is they come together so quickly AND can be frozen for a make-ahead breakfast that makes even a weekday feel like a special occasion.
These little cakes are packed with fiber and protein, with a touch of heart-healthy fat from a couple of flax eggs (I'll teach you how to make them in the recipe notes below). That means this is a healthy but not-too-heavy breakfast that provides all the nutrients necessary to keep those tummies full for a good part of the morning.
The kids love 'em too ;)
So love the ones you love this Valentine's Day- don't forget that means you too!
"Good Morning" Quinoa Breakfast Cakes
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 4 1/2 tbsp water
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (prepared in vanilla plant-based milk if preferred)
- 2/3 cup of uncooked instant oats
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 dash cloves
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- Toppings of choice (honey or maple syrup to drizzle, and fresh fruit such as chopped strawberries and bananas).
To create "flax eggs," combine ground flaxseeds and water in a small dish. Place dish in the refrigerator and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all remaining items in a medium mixing bowl and thoroughly combine. Form approximately 8 patties from the mixture and place on the baking sheet. Make sure patties are well-packed and not crumbling at the edges.
Place in the oven and bake for approximately 9 minutes, or until patties are cooked through (should feel dense, not squishy when pressed).
To serve, drizzle with honey or maple syrup and top with fresh fruit (such as strawberries and bananas).