Tropical Coconut Quinoa Pudding


This dairy-free dessert is creamy and indulgent but balanced by using whole grain quinoa instead of traditional white rice. The bright coconut and mango accents will have you thinking of a sunny island beach even on the coldest day of winter!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 to 8 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup uncooked whole grain quinoa, well rinsed

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream

  • Chopped fresh mango

  • Toasted coconut


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid set over medium heat. Add quinoa; cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until fluid is absorbed.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk coconut milk with sugar, eggs, and lime juice. Stir into quinoa. Return pan to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in lime zest and vanilla.

  3. Cool to room temperature; transfer to the refrigerator and chill completely. (Pudding can be reserved in a covered container for up to 3 days.)

  4. Spoon into bowls and garnish with a generous amount of coconut whipped cream, mango, and toasted coconut.


For a mousse-like consistency, fold the coconut whipped cream into the cooled quinoa pudding before serving.

For a lower fat dessert, use light coconut milk.

Add 2 tsp (10 mL) minced fresh ginger along with the lime zest and vanilla for extra zip.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
20g Fat
49g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 18mg 92%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 442mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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