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Quinoa for Beauty Beet Cups

by: Maria Koutsogiannis

This SuperBeets recipe from FoodByMaria is a bit more complex, but it is definitely worth it. Her quinoa for beauty and beet cups have layers of berries, cacao, and peanut butter which is then frozen till smooth and creamy. Pinch us, we must be dreaming.

PREP TIME: 40 mins
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 40 mins
SERVES: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • Base Layer:
    • 1½ cups of cooked quinoa
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • Chia eggs:
    • 3 tbs chia seeds
    • 9 tbsp warm water
  • Cacao Layer:
    • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
    • 1 banana
    • ¼ cup soaked almonds
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • dash of coconut milk
  • Berry Layer:
    • 1 cup frozen raspberries
    • 1 tbsp SuperBeets
    • ¼ cup soaked macadamia nuts
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • drop of vanilla
    • dash of coconut milk
  • Peanut Butter Layer:
    • 1 heaped tbsp PB
    • 1 banana
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Grease your muffin tin with coconut oil (I used the spray, and didn’t include that in the ingredients)
  2. Step 1. combine your base layer ingredients in a bowl, stir well and set aside.
  3. Step 2. prepare your chia egg, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.
    • You’re letting your flavours marry right now so get all your other ingredients ready for layer 1, 2, 3 (but choose how you want to layer yourself)
  4. Step 3. Add your chia eggs to your base mixture, and stir well.
    • Using your hands begin to divide the mixture evenly amongst the muffin tray, there might be some left over.
    • You can put coconut oil on your hands to avoid sticking, but make sure you press the mixture down so you create a really good base, and mould for the next layers!
  5. Step 4. Pop the tin in the freezer for around 10 minutes just to let it set nicely!
  6. Step 5: Get Blending! And be quick.
    • Blend all three mixtures, and rinse your blender after each layer (to avoid cleaning you can just make one layer and triple that recipe…. they would taste just as good!) I highly suggest the raspberry layer though for a pop of colour and energy!
    • Begin Layering only one layer onto the base layers, and pop them into the freezer for around 10 minutes.
  7. Step 6. Add another layer… I alternated between colours so not one looked alike but thats up to you!!
    • So once you complete all the layers (I got 3 total) you need to freeze them for at least 2 hours, but over night is best).
  8. Removing these bad boys can be tricky so just be gentle, and make sure that you use a hot knife to create a ring around the muffin trays! I have now bought silicon moulds so this will be much easier for those of you who have them!
  9. You can top these bad boys with fruit and nuts!
  10. So delicious! Enjoy!
Author

Maria Koutsogiannis, Food Stylist, Recipe Creator, & Writer.

Maria Koutsogiannis is the food stylist, recipe creator, photographer and writer for FoodByMaria. Through food education and love, she has become an all-round fitness/food enthusiast, and completed a Certified Nutritionist course. She also has a a major in Accounting with a minor in Economics. Her dreams were bigger than any office could offer her, so she left it all behind and currently works two jobs while juggling FoodByMaria to help make her dreams come true. You will find many healthy, nutritious and easy recipes on FoodByMaria; so-good-you-think-there-is-sugar desserts, colourful breakfasts, simplistic snacks and nutrient-rich dinners.

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