Quinoa Cheesy Garlic Bread

Here is a really delicious and healthy gluten free version of an old favorite – garlic cheese bread. Nutritionally – it contains both protein and fiber from the quinoa. The original recipe, by Amanda Finks, also makes a good gluten free pizza crust.  I have adjusted her recipe slightly so that it contains less salt.

Quinoa Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Prep and cooking time: 60 minutes

Cooling time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp coconut oil

½ cup white quinoa

1 cup water

2 large eggs

1 tsp olive oil

½ tsp garlic salt

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried basil

½ tsp baking powder

¼ cup shredded Italian blend cheese (pizza blend or mozzarella will also work well)

cheese topping: ½ cup shredded Italian blend cheese and 1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese

optional for dipping: pizza sauce or salsa

 

Directions:

  • Rinse the quinoa well under cool water through a fine mesh strainer.  Shake off as much excess water as possible.
  • In a medium saucepan melt the coconut oil.  Add the quinoa. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes on medium high heat, stirring often, to toast the quinoa (the excess water from rinsing will evaporate).
  • Carefully add the water to the toasted quinoa, stirring well.  Cover, bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes – stirring occasionally.  Remove the lid, turn the heat to low and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, so the excess water evaporates.  Transfer the cooked quinoa to a medium sized bowl, set aside and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl beat the eggs.  Add the olive oil, garlic salt, garlic powder, oregano, basil and baking powder.  Mix well.
  • To the cooked quinoa:  add the cheese, mixing well.  Add the egg mixture, mixing well.
  • Spread the quinoa ‘dough’ into a ¼ inch layer on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Making it into a 10” X 7” rectangle works well.
  • Bake for 15 minutes – edges should be starting to turn brown.
  • Top with the cheese topping. Return to the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes longer to melt the cheese, and ensure the bread is baked enough.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing into bread sticks.