Quinoa Vanilla Pudding with Cocoa

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Quinoa is a complete protein which makes it an excellent meatless source of protein for vegans/vegetarians (or anyone!). This recipe takes a magnificent grain and turns it into a dessert!  You can check out the original recipe here.  I did change a few things though. First, I halved it because it was just me eating it! When I first tried it I found it to be a little bland, so I added some liquid stevia and cocoa to sweeten it up. You may also notice that I added a bit of brown rice. It seems I underestimated the amount of quinoa I had in the cupboard and had to supplement with some rice!  Ah well, you’d never notice the difference.

I found the texture to be more like oatmeal than pudding, but it still tasted really good and felt like a guiltless treat. This is the first time I ever made a dessert with quinoa; I know I’ll be playing with this recipe to try different variations. Maybe banana and PB2?! quinoaMakes 6 servings

2 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup goji berries or raisins
1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
8 drops of liquid stevia
1 Tbsp cocoa

Place your water, hemp seeds, cinnamon and vanilla into a blender and mix. Add this to a medium saucepan, and add in the quinoa, goji berries, maple syrup, cocoa, liquid stevia and salt and bring to a quick boil. Turn the temperature low and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and your quinoa is soft, about 15 minutes. Be sure to stir often to avoid burning the bottom.quinoa2Serve warm and top with berries, or your favourite fruit, chopped nuts and a splash of almond milk!

Have you ever made a dessert from quinoa?

Nutritional info for one serving (no toppings)
187 Calories, 27g Carbs, 6g Fat, 6g Protein, 18mg Sodium, 5g Sugar


  • celysestroh July 30, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This sounds awesome!! I made quinoa for a while for breakfast – just made it plain an added some cinnamon and nuts to it, but the texture of yours sounds much better! I look forward to trying it! I may add some peanut butter to mine…yum! 🙂

    • thehappyhealthfreak July 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Oh nice!! Yes this recipe is more breakfast-y than dessert-y but you can definitely use it as a base and add whatever you like to it!

  • ericabella1545 August 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Reblogged this on sweettreatsyum.


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