A flavorful vanilla quinoa pudding, reminiscent of tapioca pudding with a nutty twist!
4-5 cups of pudding
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained*
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon corn starch**
3 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place quinoa and water in a small sauce pan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil, covered, over medium heat. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa is clear rather than white in the middle, and little "tails" appear.
2. In a large sauce pan, whisk together the sugar, salt and corn starch. Add the egg and whisk well. Whisk in the milk. Add the cooked quinoa.
3. Heat milk mixture over medium-medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until boiling. Let bubble for 30 seconds and then remove from heat.
4. stir in butter and vanilla extract. Allow pudding to cool, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Stir and serve warm! Leftovers can be refrigerated and served cold.
*A few brands of quinoa come pre-rinsed, but most do well with a good washing/rinsing before cooking, which minimizes any bitter flavor. If you have a fine mesh strainer, that works well to drain off the water. However, since the quinoa will sink, you can put quinoa and water into a bowl, swish around, and pour off water as best you can. :)
**This pudding is slightly thick, but not a true thick-set pudding. It has a light, creamy texture (aside from the quinoa!) and will thicken somewhat as it cools. If you prefer thicker pudding, increase the corn starch to 2 tablespoons rather than 1.
In the process of creating this recipe, I experimented with cooking the quinoa in the milk rather than pre-cooking it in water beforehand. It never got fully cooked in the milk, even though I cooked it for about an hour (and had to add more milk!).
This is a delicious, healthy "mock tapioca pudding" recipe! Quinoa is a nutty, flavorful grain and this is a great, easy dessert to make with it! :)
I love this pudding warm or cold... but I think warm is my favorite! :)
We have made this banana quinoa pudding recipe from Allrecipes.com, and while we enjoyed it, the leftovers turned an unappealing shade of grey.
I like my own version a lot better, and of course you can add some chopped fruit (like bananas, strawberries, or blueberries!) when serving if you wish. :)