BRYANNA’S AGUITA DE MANZANA (PERUVIAN QUINOA AND APPLE BEVERAGE)
NEWS FLASH: I've decided that this makes a MUCH better hot drink than a cold one!
Aguitas are Peruvian fruit drinks, but this one is also made with quinoa. This silky-smooth fruit and grain beverage can be served hot or cold. I thought it was too bland when made only with apples, but I had noticed a recipe using quince as well as apple. I don't have any quinces around, but I know that they are sour and thought that might add some kick to the drink. So, I added some orange and lemon, and that was perfect. Once you make this, it can be refrigerated and enjoyed cold, or heat up for a "hot toddy". It contains more than twice as much protein as commercial rice, almond or oat milk, along with a respectable amount of fiber.
1/2 lb. apples, cored, peeled and chunked
1/2 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 medium organic orange, grated zest and juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Place the prepared apple, quinoa, 2 1/2 cups water and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to Low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour the cooked mixture into a large blender.
Add the remaining ingredients. Put the lid firmly in place on the blender, removing the center plug in the lid (to let steam escape) and cover the hole with a folded tea towel (held in place with your hand), so that you don't get an explosion of hot liquid.
Blend continuously until a smooth mixture results and you can't see the little quinoa "tails" in it. Serve immediately for a hot drink, or refrigerate and serve cold. It can be reheated.
Nutrition (per serving): 149.5 calories; 6% calories from fat; 1.2g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 106.1mg sodium; 276.3mg potassium; 33.9g carbohydrates; 3.2g fiber; 15.2g sugar; 30.6g net carbs; 2.8g protein; 2.4 points.