Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Maple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

I had better warn you from the start there is a bit of debate about the syns on these bakes!!

As any good consultant will tell you these are considered a tweak, which means as the main ingredient is being used for something other than a main meal, (the "supposedly" thing it is meant to be used for) you may eat more than you normally would, which can cause weight gain, so hence a tweak.

So it is totally up to you what you want to syn these at, if you find you do eat a lot and start gaining then it could well be down to these bakes, it is all about the individual.

To be honest, i don't think you could eat many of these at a time as i find them very filling and normal one is enough.

They are great with a dollop of yogurt and fruit, or as a grab and go breakfast bar, but just as nice eaten plain with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

I made 20 out of my batch, so mine worked out at 0.5 syns each, as the whole batch is 10 syns, but that is only if you don't syn the quinoa.

Preheat oven to 200c, 400f, gas mark 5.


2 cups of uncooked quinoa cooked as per packet instructions and cooled
4 eggs beaten
80ml skimmed milk 2 syns
60ml maple syrup 8 syns
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tbsp ground cinnamon


In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients, then pour into a baking tray lined with parchment paper and sprayed with frylight, smooth it out and bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until golden and set.
remove from the baking tray straight away so it doesn't steam. 
Cut the slab into portions and put onto a oven proof wire rack and put back in the oven for 10 minutes so the edges crisp.

You could always add nuts and raisins or cranberries to them, or maybe some chocolate chips, but these thing would have to be syned.


  1. I made these a couple of weeks ago, the same recipe on Nics Nutrition site. Delicious!

    1. This recipe is a bit different, as i read the recipe wrong and used too much quinoa, but something good came out of a mistake ;-)

  2. Replies
    1. Quinoa is a grain which can be used instead of rice or pasta, it is very good for you, it can be used as sweet or savoury.

  3. How many oz or grams of uncooked quinoa do I need as I dont use cups :) thankyou.

    1. I'm afraid i don't have any quinoa in the house to convert it, but may i suggest you use a tea cup and for every tea cup you use you use double the water.

  4. These look fab. Just wondering if you could substitute the maple syrup for a maple syrup essence (cupcake world do it and it is syn free) and sweetener and save 8syns? Also, could you use oats instead of quinoa and have as heb then defo not a tweak? X

  5. Hi Rachel, I love the sound of these. Would you mind me making a few suggestions? You could possibly swap out the maple syrup and use a .aple essence (cupcake world do a syn free one) and sweetener. Also, you could use oats in place of quinoa and use as a heb if you were sunning the tweak x