November 2, 2013

Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

It may sound weird or gross, and it may look weird or gross (my husband turned up his nose at it when he saw it sitting in the pot on the stove), but trust me and try it. It's really good! It's kind of like rice pudding or a sticky tapioca pudding, with a real kick of chocolate flavor. The same husband who wrinkled his face up at the sight of the pudding ate an entire cup of it and admitted that it was good. My daughter enjoyed it too!

I just happened to get lucky yesterday and find cheap, organic quinoa at the salvage store. $1.59 for a 12-ounce bag! Can you believe it?? Needless to say, I bought more than one bag. Now I have quinoa coming out of my wazoo, but - hey - I sure don't mind!

2 cups almond milk
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/4 cup sugar (optional, if you don't mind it not-so-sweet)
1/2 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Unsweetened, shredded coconut (for garnish)

  • Heat almond milk, quinoa, and sugar in a medium saucepan until boiling, stirring often. 
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer until quinoa is soft and much of the liquid is cooked off. 
  • Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla. Once chips are melted and well-incorporated, give the mixture one more stir then place a lid on the pot. Allow it to rest for five to ten minutes before spooning into bowls and topping with a sprinkle of coconut.
  • Enjoy!


rika@vm said...

Love the idea of using quinoa in a porridge ;)

Anonymous said...

So creative! Sometimes I feel like quinoa has a distinct savory taste - do the dessert-y ingredients cover that up?

Jennifer M. said...

Definitely, as long as you rinse the quinoa before cooking it. That's very important! Use a fine mesh strainer and rinse the quinoa under running water for a minute or so, working it around with your fingers. This will get rid of the bitter taste that lingers on un-rinsed quinoa. Trust me, it makes a huge difference! Hope this helps. =)

zimt said...

Going to make this one =) Thanks for the very yummy sounding recipe =)