Healthy Quinoa Pumpkin Bars & Spiced Latte2013-10-31
- Servings : 12
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 4:0 h
- Ready In : 4:5 h
There are somethings that America just does better .. and Halloween is one of them! Because of this, I decided to turn to them for my Halloween Pumpkin Recipe and I was so inspired by the Tone It Up girl’s ‘Crockpot Pumpkin Pudding’ that I’ve decided to share my version with you .. along with a truly delicious pumpkin spiced latte too (made with coffee or chai tea!).
So, if you’ve got a slow cooker, and a pumpkin (yes I cheated and used canned pumpkin!), you’re set! This recipe is super simple to make and if you like pumpkin then you will LOVE it!
P.S I’m sure you could make these bars/cake in the oven on a low heat – do let me know if you try it!
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked (180g)
- 2 cups milk (500ml)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (235g)
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 tbsp xylitol* or 2 tbsp stevia
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1.5 tsp salt
- optional - 1 tsp pumpkin spice**
*Xylitol is a healthier alternative to sugar and is perfect for baking – I get mine from Holland and Barrett!
**You can make your own pumpkin spice at home!
Set your slow-cooker on low before mashing the banana and mixing in the coconut oil
Add all of the ingredients to the warm slow-cooker and mix well
Allow to cook for at least 4 hours before allowing to cool slightly and slicing into 12 pieces (I cooked mine over night for around 8-10 hours which was slightly too long.. the cake/bars should be firm but not over-done!)
Serve on its own or with Greek yoghurt (or Nutella!!), fruit and a drizzle of honey (store in an air tight container in the fridge for 3 days).. Enjoy!!
P.S And for your pumpkin latte you will need… (serves 1)
1 cup (250ml) milk for a chai tea latte OR 1/2 cup (125ml) milk for a coffee latte
2 tsp pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon & optional dash of vanilla
1 chia tea bag OR 1 tsp coffee dissolved in 1/2 (125ml) cup hot water
Optional – a sprinkle of cinnamon/chocolate & 1 tsp of honey/xylitol
Simply heat the milk, pumpkin and spice (and optional vanilla) in a pan over a medium heat (or you could use your microwave for around 2 minutes.. it’s what I did!)..
For a Chai Tea Latte: Pour the hot milk into a large cup and allow the tea bag to steep for 5-7 minutes. Discard the tea bag and add the drink to a blender and blend until frothy.. then serve (adding the optional sweetener/sprinkle of cinnamon)!
For a Coffee Latte: Pour the hot milk into a blender & blend until frothy before pouring over your coffee, stir and enjoy! Sweeten if needed 🙂
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