This easy baked breakfast quinoa is naturally sweetened with bananas and dates, and topped off with an crunchy almond streusel!
This is the story of the time that I went to Bulk Nation with Mr.FFF for the first time.
If you don’t know what BN is, it’s probably the greatest store to ever exist on the face of the planet.
That’s right, Trader Joe’s, you’ve been replaced.
Seriously though, it’s a massive store that has bulk. Everything bulk. All the bulk. Bulk nuts? You’ve got them… in 4000 different flavors. Bulk Lentils? Sure! Do you want green, yellow or pink?
I’ve gone to BN at least once a week since I got here. It’s probably the highlight of my week and, yes, I probably do need to get out more. How-ev-er, this was the first time that I brought Mr.FFF inside with me. That man was in snack-a-palooza happy land guys.
Let’s just say we walked out of there 1) about 20 lbs of Chex mix and wasabi peas heavier than when we walked in.
And 2) armed with various bags that contained 2 singular items “just so we could try them.” Do we really need to buy 2 chocolate covered espresso beans for $.10 and two chocolate covered cashews for $.15?
Apparently, the correct answer is yes we do.
This story, like all good stories, ends with drama. Drama in the form of potentially-illegal-but-not-really-at-all activity. As we were leaving the store, the manager approached us and super duper stealthily slipped us a bunch of gift cards. Hello food blogger version of a drug deal.
Alright, so now that you have my account of that time that we went to Bulk Nation, I also bought a lifetime supply of quinoa there. Now you understand how that all relates to this. Bulk nation = quinoa = casserole.
Part 2 of the story is how I was craving coffee cake with crumbly, buttery , I-just-want-to-face-plant-into-this -everyday-forever streusel on top. But then I remembered two things: 1) Christmas cookies and 2) more Christmas cookies. Sad day.
I saw this bag of quinoa sitting on the counter just judging my want of rich and not-so-nutritious coffee cake. It was actually a bit annoying, so I did what any person who has authority over quinoa would do, and threw it in a pot with boiling hot almond milk. Take that quinoa. That’s what you get for being so judgmental.
I don’t even know.
Seriously though, I had no idea what I was doing when I made this. It was early in the morning, I hadn’t had any coffee yet so I wasn’t even a human being. I just took all these random ingredients that I had purchased during my trip to bulk nation and threw them together and hoped for best. It’s a good thing I didn’t buy any of those crazy pink lentils. Who knows what would have happened then.
You. Guys. This baked breakfast quinoa. You are going to like this. A lot. I have eaten it every day for breakfast because 1) It makes A LOT and we are only 2 peeps 2) I just love it so much that I would chose it over my usual (and used to be favorite) bowl o’ oats. It’s soft and sweet….totally naturally. The date swirl in the middle is just so pretty that it is borderline ridiculous and the crunchy, streusel topping? Ya, I totally could face plant into that everyday forever. Plus, It’s got these secret ninja layer of banana that you don’t even see until, WHAM, surprise party for yo’ taste buds.
Nutrition to make yo’ body smile? Check. Naturally sweetened and healthy times 4 thousand? Check and check. Ninja Bananas? Triple Check.
Breakfast quinoa. You’re gonna like it.
**UPDATE: I originally listed this is a “Paleo” recipe, not realizing that quinoa is, in fact, not paleo! Just wanted to apologize for this and clear up any confusion! It is, in fact, very healthy though! 🙂 **
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