Creamy Coconut Milk Quinoa Pudding

I hope your week is off to a good start.  We started with a bit of rain this morning but the sun is shining which means I will take my furry friend Lucy for a walk shortly.  I love taking Lucy for a stroll during the day–she’s a good friend and walking buddy! Here’s she is enjoying some lake time this summer!IMG_8797

Summertime takes me out of my kitchen a bit….I am too busy outside enjoying the weather but…

I have been experimented with quinoa in a variety of different recipes.  Last week, I made a creamy quinoa pudding out of light coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla bean paste.

I added a dollop of whipped cream (the real stuff) and a few fresh local organic blueberries.

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I started with a tri-color quinoa that I soaked and drained to remove the bitter saponins on the outside of the quinoa grain.

I boiled the the coconut milk and added the quinoa and then simmered for about 30 minutes.  Stirring occasionally until a creamy pudding consistency.  Don’t overcook or it will be too dry and not very ‘pudding-like”.

I popped the mixture in the refrigerator and when it was cooled, enjoyed this yumminess as an afternoon snack. Quinoa (pronounced: keen-wah) is a great gluten free, magnesium and fiber rich grain.

YUM!

 

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