Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

This recipe is kind of crazy.

Kind of like things in my life right now. Haha.

Chocolate Quinoa Pudding @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthyfood

One time, when I was faced with just a few tablespoons of leftover quinoa, I added it to my smoothie. And it worked out well. So a few weeks ago when I had some more leftover quinoa without a purpose I thought, “Why don’t I blend it up and use it in something again?”

I immediately decided upon chocolate pudding. I’ve made chocolate pudding before with avocados (which is AMAZING if you haven’t tried it yet…) and even though quinoa isn’t quite like avocados in texture, I guessed it might work. And it DID!

Semi-surprising…

But hey! Who am I to argue with a win like this?

Chocolate Quinoa Pudding @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthyfood

A deliciously smooth and creamy pudding, that is also packed with all the superfood power of quinoa? Protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals??? Heck yeah! That’s awesome.

Plus it is sweetened 100% naturally. YAY!

Maybe I can even get my kids to eat this, hehe. There is no overpowering ‘quinoa-taste’ to it either so I might be able to get away with it. The taste is even more subtle than the avocado taste in avocado-chocolate pudding for sure.

4.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Quinoa Pudding
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa
  • ¾ to 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ⅓ cup packed dates (about 8)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (starting with just ¾ cup almond milk) in a blender and purée until completely smooth. Add additional almond milk as needed to reach desired consistency (it will firm up a bit in the fridge though!)
  2. Pour into a bowl or container and cover; set in refrigerator until chilled. Serve.
Notes
How moist/dry your quinoa will dictate how much almond milk you need for this recipe. Mine was leftover in the fridge so it was pretty dry- I used 1 full cup.
You can also use a ripe banana instead of dates to sweeten and flavor the pudding.

 

 

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  • Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living May 14, 2014, 8:43 pm

    This chocolate quinoa pudding looks delicious! What would you recommend substituting for almond milk?

  • lmachell May 25, 2014, 12:11 pm

    You can use coconut milk, soy milk, or cows milk.

  • mari-posa June 11, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Greetings from high up in the Andes Mountains of South America, where quinoa originated. I saw your chocolate pudding recipe and had to try it right away. It came out rather liquid-y, so I added half of a ripe avocado. Perfect pudding texture! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Too bad people here in the Andes don’t generally appreciate the versatility of this wonderful grain.

  • lmachell June 19, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Glad you could make it work for you!

  • cleo July 3, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Love it…..used full cup of almond milk and added a small banana and 2 TBSP of chia seeds…..Will make this again…