Quinoa pudding is a creamy and delicious dessert, similar to tapioca or rice pudding. It is a simple and healthy treat with a distinctly nutty quinoa flavor.
A healthy treat
I love healthy desserts. They are perfect for guilt-free indulgences. Here are a few ways that quinoa pudding packs in a whole lot of nutrition.
- Quinoa is healthy: It’s full of fiber, protein and vitamins, and minerals.
- Prebiotic: Grains that are cooked and cooled are a great source of resistant starch. Quinoa is a particularly helpful prebiotic grain.
- Probiotic: Start with fermented quinoa for a probiotic treat! It’s really easy.
- Refined sugar-free: Bananas are a great way to make a naturally sweet, sugar-free treat. Feel free to skip the added honey or maple syrup.
Quinoa pudding flavors:
There are lots of different ways to flavor this simple quinoa pudding. Here are 6 of our favorite flavors. The additions are scaled for 1 batch of quinoa pudding.
- Vanilla bean: Follow the recipe, replacing the vanilla extract with a vanilla bean pod. Slice the pod in half, then scrape the seeds right into the pudding.
- Chocolate: Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder in with the milk.
- Butterscotch: Replace all of the banana and honey with a 1/2 cup of chopped Medjool dates. Soak the dates in the milk for 30 minutes, then puree before stirring into the pudding.
- Coconut: Replace the milk with coconut milk. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.
- Chocolate almond: Add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder and replace the milk with almond milk or almond milk yogurt.
- Raisin spice: Replace the bananas with 1/2 cup of raisins. Stir in 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of ginger. Top with toasted pistachios or walnuts.
Healthy Quinoa Pudding
Quinoa pudding is a deliciously creamy dessert, similar to tapioca or rice pudding. This simple and healthy recipe can be flavored with chocolate, butterscotch, and more! See the section above for 6 flavor options.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup (optional)
- For a probiotic pudding, don’t add any milk and start with fermented quinoa instead. Otherwise, mix the milk into the cooked quinoa and allow it to soak while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. I have tried this recipe both ways, and it’s delicious.
- Puree the bananas until smooth.
- Mix the melted butter, vanilla, and salt into the pureed banana. Then add it to the soaking quinoa along with any additional flavors. See the section above for 6 flavor options.
- Taste, and add honey or maple syrup to sweeten if necessary.
- Allow the pudding to rest for at least 30 minutes so the quinoa can soak in the liquid. Serve either chilled or warm.
- To avoid any bitter residue, I recommend soaking quinoa prior to cooking.
- Red quinoa will hold its shape for a more rice-like texture. If you want a creamy pudding, use white quinoa.
- For a perfectly smooth pudding, use an immersion blender and blend everything together until the pudding is thick and smooth.
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