Quinoa is a complete protein that's also high in fiber. Banana 'rice' pudding makes an excellent snack or meal for a toddler, and a delicious dessert for an adult.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse quinoa in a paper towel-lined colander until water is no longer milky. Transfer quinoa to a saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups water and soak for 30 minutes.

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  • Bring quinoa and water to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

  • Blend bananas, whole milk, coconut milk, 3 tablespoons honey, butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt together in a blender until smooth.

  • Stir milk mixture into quinoa, raise heat to medium; cook and stir constantly until pudding becomes thick, about 10 minutes.

  • Transfer pudding to serving dish and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over pudding; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Cook's Notes:

Soaking the quinoa for 30 minutes will help soften the outer shell.

Caution: as with all puddings, if it is not stirred consistently as it cooks, the pudding will spill out of the saucepan.

I have also made this recipe substituting 1 cup sweet potato puree and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in place of two bananas and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Absolutely delicious!

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; protein 5.6g; carbohydrates 38.7g; fat 12.7g; cholesterol 9.2mg; sodium 135.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2015
Oh my this is crazy good! Don't care that it's quinoa it tastes just like delicious rice pudding. I didn't have whole milk on hand so I used a combination of skim milk and some FF half-and-half. Also used Trader Joe's light coconut milk in place of the full fat version. IMO the banana flavor is the superstar in this recipe and one that I've never seen before in rice pudding. You can taste all the different layers of flavor working with each other harmoniously. Theresa787 I haven't eaten a whole lot of quinoa but your pudding has persuaded me to try to incorporate more of it into my diet. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2016
the whole family didn't care for this one. It wasn't sweet enough to be a dessert and it had the consistency of baby food. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2015
Oh my this is crazy good! Don't care that it's quinoa it tastes just like delicious rice pudding. I didn't have whole milk on hand so I used a combination of skim milk and some FF half-and-half. Also used Trader Joe's light coconut milk in place of the full fat version. IMO the banana flavor is the superstar in this recipe and one that I've never seen before in rice pudding. You can taste all the different layers of flavor working with each other harmoniously. Theresa787 I haven't eaten a whole lot of quinoa but your pudding has persuaded me to try to incorporate more of it into my diet. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2017
Like other cooks who have commented here, I used ingredients I had on hand and this quinoa pudding was OUTSTANDING! I used 1c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1c. whole goat milk, 1 large ripe plantain, 1 T. of maple syrup (instead of so much honey), and added more salt (2 pinches more). This has a salted caramel flavor now. I am used to quinoa so the flavor is just delicious, I my opinion. Thank you for a wonderful, rainy-day dessert! I am sharing this with all my cooking buddies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2015
I didn't use the butter and it still turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2016
Can't wait to try this! Can you sub soy or almond milk for the coconut milk? I don't like coconut flavor. Does the original recipe taste coconut-y? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2016
I only used 1 banana because that's all I had - added 1/3 cup of coconut sugar - omitted the whole milk and honey and used 1 13.66 oz can lite coconut milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla which made up the 2 cups. Yum Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2016
Loved it! Great flavor. I added raisins and cinnamon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2016
I prefer it warmed up a little bit with some chopped pecans. Makes a good breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2018
I love this pudding! It makes a great breakfast. I usually sub the whole milk with skim just because it’s what I always have available. I also use reduced fat coconut milk and light butter. I can’t tell you whether the outcome is the same as the original recipe (because i’ve never made the original), but the taste is wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2016
This banana quinoa pudding is amazing! The texture and flavor are delectable. It has the perfect blend of banana and cinnamon & it isn't overly sweet. The coconut flavor isn't noticeable. I used 1% milk in mine & it worked well. I cooked it a little longer than 10 minutes to thicken it more & it seems fine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2016
the whole family didn't care for this one. It wasn't sweet enough to be a dessert and it had the consistency of baby food. Read More
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