A fun flavor combination for a quick & easy healthy breakfast recipe! Coconut Peanut Quinoa Flakes are gluten-free, vegan, and done in the microwave. A bowl of pure plant-based protein and healthy fats to fuel you all day long!
***This post has been updated in May 2016. Original writing stands***
Have you ever wondered why peanuts are called peanuts? Peanuts aren’t even nuts! They are legumes (thus, not acceptable on the Paleo diet, haha!). They are in the class of lentils and peas and grow underground as opposed to say the almond or cashew which grow on tress, hence the category of tree nuts. That is why you can be deathly allergic to peanuts and no other nut…because peanuts are not actually nuts. They are edible seeds that grow in an enclosed pod. Legumes are the most concentrated source of protein in the plant-based world. They are great for heart health due to their monounsaturated fats and contain tons of antioxidants that are said to even rival those of fruit.
Plus, peanuts are the most popular nut in the U.S., making up 67% of our nut consumption. Really, who doesn’t love the classic PBJ? I am pretty sure you haven’t had a childhood if you have never eaten a mom-made PBJ for lunch. It just has to happen. But PBJ isn’t the only wonderful peanut creation. How about just snacking on them whole by cracking open the shell? Or simply taking a spoon and digging into a jar of cinnamon raisin peanut butter? Or pairing it with chocolate? Yea, you know you love it, don’t deny it! But the fun doesn’t stop there! How about peanut flour? I love peanut flour and use it all the time in smoothies, pancakes, sauces, cookies, bread, as a natural protein powder, and this recipe I’m sharing today.
1/4 Cup has 16g of protein! That is crazy awesome! And all it is is ground roasted peanuts. It is so versatile and so delicious in baking and can be replaced for a grain flour pretty easily. They even say it can help ease peanut allergies when used in tiny doses each day to build up a tolerance. Peanut Power! It gives you the staying power you need for a great start to the day so of course I had to use it in Quinoa Flakes. And I made it even more fun by adding coconut, another awkward nut/not-really-nut. They complement each other perfectly, almost as good as chocolate and peanuts…almost 😉
Coconut Peanut Quinoa Flakes
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the quinoa flakes, peanut flour, coconut butter, shredded coconut, stir to combine. Add the water, coconut stevia, and extract. Stir again until everything has mingled together.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes. Safely remove, stir, and top with peanuts, peanut butter, and additional shredded coconut.
There you have it. A protein packed breakfast. Quinoa + Peanuts + Coconut = Protein Satisfying Heaven! So why do we call peanuts, peanuts? Well, I really have no idea but we also call them goobers, goober peas, groundnuts, earthnuts, monkey-nuts, and pinders. Where did all those names come from? I have no idea either. But here is a fun fact: Many years ago I used to have a beautifully blue- violet Beta Fish. I fell in love with him at the store one day and had to get him. And what did I name this beautiful fishy? Goober. Yes, I named my fish Goober <3
So tell me:
+ Why are Peanuts called peanuts? Do you call them peanuts or use one of their other names?
+ Do you name you pets weird names? Yes, I do. My first hermit crab’s name was Haty and my current hermit crab’s name is Spongebob (I was a young child when I got these so don’t judge 😉 Well, you can, because I love them!)
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