So it’s a rainy and somewhat cold morning and I woke up way too early. I suspect it’s to do with the pain in my hip. That’s right, I had yet another fall. Somebody please childproof this apartment! Sleep deprived, and wanting something soft and creamy, I’ve come up with a “Rice Pudding” except with this we are using Quinoa instead of Rice. This is the first sweet dish I’ve ever made with Quinoa and I wonder why haven’t I done this sooner. You could find my other Quinoa recipes here. I don’t have to go through all the health benefits of Quinoa except to say that if you haven’t tried it before, get on it!
I’ve never actually had ‘fresh’ rice pudding before, come to think of it. My point of reference would be those prepacked ones from local supermarket and they are eaten cold. Not terribly exciting although for a student it could be a nice snack. Needless to say, this version beats the regular rice pudding by miles. The nutty taste of the Quinoa is enhanced by the combination of yummy flavours. The creaminess of the pudding and bananas are met with the interesting texture of Quinoa. Mmmm. This is a keeper!
Recipe: Serves 2
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 cup water
1 tablespoon Caster Sugar or to taste
1 cup milk plus a bit more if needed
1 Vanilla bean, scrapped for seeds
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Honey
1 Banana, sliced
Rinse the Quinoa well, then cook in a small pot with water until fluffy, roughly 15 minutes.
Add milk, sugar, Vanilla seeds, cinnamon. Cook in low heat and stir occasionally. For roughly 30 minutes or until mixture thickens significantly and all the liquid has almost been absorbed. Add a bit more milk if needed.
To serve, spoon the pudding into a small bowl, splash a couple of tablespoons of milk over. Add sliced banana and drizzle honey on top. You can now enjoy your healthy breakfast/brunch!
It’s a little time consuming and probably not something you’d make before you go to work. Make it for the weekend, or make it the night before to be heated up the next day. I’m going to experiment with different fruits and spices next time!