Quinoa Brittle

You know peanut brittle? This is its unrefined, peanut free, high protein version… and it’s easy! 2 ingredients give you the base (quinoa and agave) and there limitless possibilities from there! I added pistachios and cinnamon for this version. It is great on its own as a little candy (imagine the sweet sesame candies….but quinoa instead) or as a crunchy topping for a salad. Try different flavorings like quinoa and sesame seeds with chinese five spice or garam masala, cumin, and black pepper for some indian flair!

Quinoa Pistachio Brittle

1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup agave
couple of tablespoons of crushed pistachios
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 35o degrees. In a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat the agave on high for 25 seconds (that’s for my microwave, carefully watch yours. You just want it to be runny-not boiling). Stir in the quinoa, pistachios, and cinnamon. 
Spray a little oil on a silicone mat then pour on the quinoa and agave mixture. Put in oven. Carefully watch (yes, this does require some attention) for about 10 minutes. It may need more or less time. Just make sure you see the agave bubble up for 2 minutes andthe quinoa start to turn brown, NOT BLACK. I don’t think anyone ever enjoyed a burned piece of brittle.
Quinoa Pistachio Brittle
Take out of the oven and allow to cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

2 comments on “Quinoa Brittle

  1. I tried this recipe but my brittle did not harden up, it’s soft and does not break like you said. Did I do something wrong ?

    • Hi Sue! There could have been a few problems, your agave could have gotten overheated or underheated in the microwave or you may have taken your brittle out of the oven a little two soon. Everyone’s microwaves and ovens are different-and that usually shows when you are candy making.

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