Vanilla Quinoa “Rice” Pudding

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!

Vanilla Quinoa Pudding with Banana

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!

Here’s my attempt to pretty it up.

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!

23 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m really getting into quinoa these days. A warm bowl of this would be so good in the mornings!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yes!! It’s a joy to have this for a good start to the day!

  2. that’s an interesting use of quinoa! i keep having it in savory dishes in KL, but it seems relatively unusual to see them in dessert-ish recipes 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      It is indeed less common but a lot of Melbourne cafes do serve sweet Quinoa dishes (usually breakfast). Quilt free treats!

  3. iamthewitch says:

    Interesting recipe! Can you believe it, I have never had quinoa before even though I heard plenty of benefits about it! This seems to be a good recipe for me to start! 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yes this would definitely be a pleasant introduction! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  4. I adore quinoa pudding! It’s so much lighter than the rice version and it’s great that it has protein in it too 🙂 Yours looks lovely!

  5. What an excellent idea! I was getting bored of how I was preparing Quinoa so I thank you for this!!!

    I hope you had a fabulous 4th!
    Twitter @aSquishyMonster

    1. kellysiew says:

      Happy 4th of July to you too! 😀

  6. liannelow says:

    I’ve never used quinoa in a sweet dish before! Gonna try and make this soon! Sounds delicious! (:

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yes do give it a go, I’m sure you’ll love it!

  7. Libby says:

    Oh yummo!

    I’m going to give this a go next week. It sounds like the perfect winter breakfast, especially since bananas are in abundance down here and all.

    Only problem is that I will need to get up early in the morning (as in, earlier than my usual rising time) to get the stove going. That way, I can let it all cook while I frantically get ready (keeping an eye on the stove, of course).

    1. kellysiew says:

      If you start with already cooked quinoa it’ll save you a bit of time too.

  8. Ames says:

    So innovative, Kelly! So glad that you shared another recipe that uses quinoa as I still have half a packet left hehe it looks very pretty and yummy too ^^ cheers 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you! I will not be the first person who’s made this though so I’m not taking any credit. Hehe. You should try it though, it’s surprisingly sinful tasting. 😀

  9. Kwengwong1013 says:

    Your blog is awesome 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  10. leahastore says:

    Mmmm, that looks delicious! I’m going to have to try this recipe sometime — Thanks :]

    1. kellysiew says:

      You are welcome! Please do let me know how you go. 🙂

  11. Buy Vanilla says:

    Hi Kelly,

    This is a fantastic recipe, and great fun to make with the kids. Thanks so much for posting it.

    All the best, Alex

    1. kellysiew says:

      Glad you like it! Thanks for dropping by!

  12. bluredfrank says:

    A total winner to follow dinner.

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