Are you tired of processed puddings from the grocery store that are packed full of sugar and saturated fat? Well, here’s a solution to your unhealthy pudding problem! The secret – a protein-packed grain called quinoa! Quinoa pronounced “KEEN-wah” is a grain, but technically belongs in the same family as spinach! Unlike other grains, quinoa is considered a complete protein because it provides our bodies with all the amino acids (the building blocks of our cells) that the body can’t make on its own. This yummy grain is also tops when it comes to heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. As an added benefit, quinoa is a much healthier choice over white rice (typically found in pudding) when it comes to controlling type 2 diabetes thanks to its high fiber and protein content.
Makes 6 Servings – Serving Size: ½ cup
1 cup organic quinoa
1 cup boiling water
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
½ cup dried raspberries
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup unsweetened apple juice
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Rinse quinoa in cold water if saponin has been removed; if no, rinse in hot water. Add rinsed quinoa to boiling water and reduce heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes. Add dried raspberries, cranberries and simmer until liquid is absorbed about an additional 5 – 7 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, combine remaining ingredients in food processor and purée until smooth. Remove quinoa from heat and combine puréed mixture with quinoa and mix well. Place in serving bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutritional Information per Serving
Saturated Fat: 0g
Natalie Rohr contributed to this blog