my alarm was set to 5 pm not am, and i overslept.
i woke up 18 minutes after the minute i was supposed to be at work, on my feet, lookin alive, making dough.
the feeling of being late to work gives me crazy anxiety. i hate being late.
my family was always late to everything. i was always uptight about it.
i was the kid in the backseat of the car, frustrated and ready to go, honking the horn obnoxiously. then i'd get yelled at.
i got to work in record time, from the minute i jolted awake to walking in the restaurant doors..12 minutes.
i probably could have taken an extra minute to grab an apple or my ever important sharpie.
but the thought of being any later was too much to bear for my late-phobic brain.
so no coffee, no breakfast, no morning zone out time.
the day was clearly thrown off. and the energy was at a 2 for the rest of the morning.
the day perked up with a fat tall venti whatever latte, and then i got back to turning pretty apples into hundreds of sweet, paper thin apple chips.
and then scooping biscuits, obviously.
i made this apple quinoa bread because i had slightly overcooked some quinoa and felt guilty throwing it away.
so, very lightly sweet breakfast bread. it would be completely vegan if i didn't smash a tablespoon of butter into the oat topping.
and quinoa is protein (aww yeah). so protein bread. i'd rather grab protein bread than a protein bar. if i'm not running too late to think about food.
it's dense and super moist.
my sincerest apologies for throwing around the word moist so much.
i'm just trying to describe things accurately.
Apple Quinoa Bread
adapted from anja's food for thought
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 large apple, peeled and grated
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
small handful toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)
small handful of golden raisins (optional)
1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (or olive oil to keep it dairy-free)
preheat oven to 350 degreesF. grease or line an 8inch loaf pan with parchment paper. in a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. in another bowl, mix the grated apple, oil, quinoa, and vanilla. in a third small bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping - the oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter or oil and set aside. add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir til just combined. fold in the nuts and/or raisins if using. scrape into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the oat topping to cover the batter. bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.