Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

by Marla on November 2, 2012 · 75 comments

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Yay! We all made it through Halloween…are you ready to start thinking about Thanksgiving? I sure hope so because I have been recipe testing lots of great new recipes that I can’t wait to share with you.

Raise your hand if you love stuffing. OK. Great! How about a new twist on this classic holiday side dish.

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I love quinoa.

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Pair it with crispy sweet/tangy apples, a pinch of cinnamon, roasted sweet potato wedges…

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…and crunchy hazelnuts. Are you happy now? I thought so.

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This is a great alternative for people on gluten free and grain free diets.

It is also great for people like me who just happen to love quinoa.

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To make things even more pretty add some apple slices and fresh or dried cranberries.

I actually prefer the fresh cranberries even though they are crazy tart. Most folks prefer the sweet dried ones though.

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Plan accordingly & expect people other than me to pull off the tart ones.

I also have a fun breakfast/brunch quinoa bake you should try ~ it too has sweet potatoes in it Quinoa Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake.

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Have you been on the hunt for your Thanksgiving recipes yet? What unique recipes have caught your eye?

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Do you tend to stick with the traditional or play around with modern twists?

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts


  • 1 cup (212 g) dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 2 (265 g) Sweet Potatoes, cut into small wedges
  • 2 large Apples, cut into 1/2" pieces (I like Granny Smith)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup (100 ml) pure Maple Syrup, divided portion in 1/2
  • fine Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  • a few pinches ground Cinnamon
  • a few pinches ground Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme leaves
  • 1 cup Hazelnuts, chopped
  • Fresh or Dried Cranberries for garnish


  • Rinse quinoa. Combine with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and remove from the heat.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F with the rack in the middle. Be sure to coat apples with lemon juice so they don't turn brown. Toss sweet potatoes & apples with 1/4 cup of the Maple Syrup, coconut oil and a few pinches cinnamon, ginger and salt. Roast for about 35-40 minutes until tender and fragrant.
  • Combine the quinoa with the roasted mixture and the remainder of the maple syrup (1/4 cup) in a large bowl. Fold in thyme and hazelnuts. Season to taste with more salt and spices.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa November 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

Marvelous! What colors. A real piece of art.




2 Marla November 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

Thanks Rosa, I love the colors this time of year!


3 Rachel Cooks November 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

Love this healthy twist on stuffing! Yum!


4 Marla November 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

Thanks Rachel!


5 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

i am really loving all of the great texture components in this – sounds so good!


6 Bev @ Bev Cooks November 2, 2012 at 7:35 am



7 HeatherChristo November 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

Wow- what a beautiful and unique twist on stuffing Marla!


8 Lucy November 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

Do you love the tart cranberries more because of what they bring to your glorious pics ; ) I do! This is such a healthy take on a classic – and so adaptable. Thanks for sharing.


9 Marla November 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

Lucy….mayber. Just maybe 😉 Glad you like the reinvention of a classic.


10 Deliciously Organic November 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

What a great combination of flavors!


11 Bonnie K November 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

Beautiful dish! I, too, love quinoa.

In your recipe, the pinch of cinnamon was put down twice. I see in the instruction that the other ingredient should be ginger.


12 Marla November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi Bonnie, thanks for pointing that out. I made the change to the ginger :)


13 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

This is just gorgeous, Marla! I can see it now, on the Thanksgiving dinner table. It would be just a perfect dish!


14 Marla November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thanks so much Averie! Do you think by the time Thanksgiving rolls around we will all be over it?! Hope not!


15 Elizabeth @Food Ramblings November 2, 2012 at 11:33 am

I’m recommending making this for my family this year!


16 Marla November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Awesome Elizabeth! Hope you all get to enjoy this recipe :)


17 Michelle @ DailyWaffle November 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

I love the idea of the apple and hazelnuts here! And thanks for the link love, Marla!


18 Marla November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

You are so welcome Michelle! I always love to link back to great recipes like yours :)


19 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

This sounds so lovely!! What an awesome idea! (as always).


20 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 3, 2012 at 6:15 am

What beautiful, colorful photos – they just pop right off the page! :) Thank you for including my recipe in your roundup. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving!


21 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

looks great girl! Miss you xoxoxo


22 carolinaheartstrings November 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

This looks so delicious. Cannot wait to make this one for the family.


23 The Healthy Apple November 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Wowzers! This is my kinda dessert. Hope you are well; finally got power back after the hurricane and I am SO making this tomorrow!


24 Marla November 4, 2012 at 5:15 am

Yay!! So happy to hear you have your power back. We must chat this week ~ I have a project in mind for us :)


25 susan November 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

All of my favorite ingredients in one nice little dish! Yum, Marla.


26 Jessie November 7, 2012 at 5:15 am

What a delicious sounding recipe for a healthy Thanksgiving stuffing. Pinning now! Thanks!


27 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

This stuffing is too gorgeous to eat!! Love how colorful it is — so festive!! Pinned for sure :)


28 Kevin (Closet Cooking) November 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I really like the sound of a quinoa stuffing!


29 Brianna November 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

This stuffing turned out so delicious! I made it for my friends and they all loved the twist. I also roasted some fresh cranberries along with the sweet potatoes and apples. That added a hint of tart sweetness to the mix. Thank you for the recipe!


30 Kaitlyn November 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I just made this for Thanksgiving tomorrow. It is SO good!!!


31 Marla November 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

That is great! Thanks for sharing & Happy Thanksgiving!


32 lisa November 13, 2014 at 5:53 am

Does this dish do well made the day before than reheated?


33 Renee H. November 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

I know this recipe was from a couple years ago but I dug it up to share on my Thanksgiving inspiration post. It is perfect!


34 John bosche November 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

Sounds great! Can this be made a day or two ahead and then reheated on Thanksgiving?


35 Marla November 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

The day before should be fine! Enjoy :)


36 Regan November 26, 2014 at 3:30 am

Can this dish be served warm or cold?


37 Marla November 26, 2014 at 6:40 am

I like it warmed :)


38 Paul November 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

absolutely beautiful! I’m at sister’s house for Thanksgiving. I inspired to make this today as a surprise. By any chance do you have a calorie count or nutritional breakdown? Happy Thanksgiving!


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