Sunday, February 12, 2012

Coconut Quinoa Pudding

As you know, I've been experimenting with quinoa for some time now and have thought of converting rice pudding into one using quinoa.  Using coconut milk in place of regular adds a new dimension.  This pudding has a nice backdrop of orange and the cinnamon flavored coconut topping makes for a nice little crunch on top. Makes about 6 servings.

For the quinoa and topping:
1 cup rinsed and drained quinoa
2 cups coconut milk (I used Silk original from the dairy case)
1/2 cup grated sweetened coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In a medium size sauce pan combine the quinoa and coconut milk.  Bring to a boil and then cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed into the grain.  Set aside
Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and place in a 350F oven for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until the coconut starts to slightly brown.  Place in a small bowl and stir in the cinnamon.  Set that bowl aside.

Putting it all together:
2 cups coconut milk
1/3 cup semolina flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
A pinch of salt
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2 large eggs
1 cup grated sweetened coconut
1 tablespoon grated fresh orange zest
Juice of one orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The cooked quinoa
The coconut cinnamon topping

Whisk the semolina, cornstarch, 1/3 cup of the sugar and the pinch of salt in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan begin slowly heating the coconut milk to boiling.  While watching the milk, beat the eggs with an electric mixer, add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and continue beating until thick and a little fluffy.
Once the milk comes up to a boil, whisk in the semolina mixture and continue stirring until the mixture thickens and just starts to boil again.  Take off the heat and let rest for about 2 minutes.
Stir in the egg mixture, cooked quinoa, orange zest,orange juice, coconut and vanilla.  Pour into a greased 8x11 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes.
Serve warm in small dessert dishes topped with a teaspoon or two of the cinnamon-coconut topping.


  1. Sunday may be "Pudding Sunday" next week.
    It's beautiful and sounds tasty!!

  2. If you like rice pudding you'll like this one!!

  3. Oh my gosh!!! It is REALLY good. The girls loved it (and neither of them care for "soupy" rice pudding. Darby really liked it too. At first he wasn't sure about the texture of the Quinoa. But, I just caught him eating more out of the baking dish. I would say "Pudding Sunday" went over extremely well.

    1. I'm so glad...I have it entered in the Whole Foods Boulder Contest and now since you liked it I'll post it on Food52

    2. I wondered why you hadn't posted it there!! Good luck with the Whole Foods contest. I ended up using canned coconut milk after going 3 places to try to find the Coconut Silk; just incase that question comes up.

    3. I knew the canned would be fine...I just wanted to try the Silk...It's good!