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Recipe: Fruit and Nut Quinoa

Gourmet breakfast served in your sleeping bag
BP0911SKILLS_jbailie_Quinoa_445x260Fruit and Nut Quinoa (Justin Bailie)

1⁄4 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon dried milk
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
1⁄4 cup chopped pecans
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cashew butter

Rinse quinoa well and air dry thoroughly. Reserve a few cranberries and place remaining dried ingredients (quinoa, milk, flax meal, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, and sugar) in a zip-top bag. Put cashew butter into a squeeze tube or spillproof container.

Combine dry ingredients with one cup water and mix together in a cooking pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the water is absorbed. The center of the quinoa should still be somewhat white. Take off heat and stir in cashew butter. Let sit for five minutes. Sprinkle with extra cranberries.

Prep time
10 min
Cook time 25 min
Price $1.66 per serving
Weight 4 oz. per serving
Serves 1
Calories 681*
Fat 35 g
Carbs 81.5 g
Protein 13 g

1 Comment

  1. ellebea

    So the only thing I omitted from this recipe was the nuts, but otherwise followed it to the letter.

    Unfortunately, we found it to be rather bland in flavor, but ultimately the flax meal gave this recipe a completely inedible raw egg-like texture that we just couldn’t stomach and ended up packing out most of this meal in a garbage bag – unfortunate because Quinoa isn’t particularly cheap, and neither were some of the other ingredients we added (organic cranberries, dehydrated peaches from our backyard, etc).

    My recommendation for this recipe on a personal level would be to omit the flax meal either altogether or pack it separately so that you can add it at the end of cooking where it’s (hopefully) less likely to give that gelatinous and egg-like texture. And I would also pack in some honey or other spices to round out some of the blandness (especially in absence of nuts and nut butter). We were going to add the nut butter at the end but when we started to recognize that this was becoming inedible we simply chose to salvage the butter for something else.

    This might be a recipe that you want to toy with at home before committing to bringing out into the bush. It has great potential because the quinoa is exceptionally good for you and the concept is amazing – it just needs tweaking.

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