Quinoa Dessert Pudding

Quinoa Dessert Pudding
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Source: The Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Mittera.
This dessert has the same comfort and flavor of rice pudding, but it's made with quinoa which is a high-protein whole grain and diabetes superfood. Be sure to rinse the quinoa before cooking—this helps avoid any bitter taste.
  • Prep time
    5 min
  • Cook time
    45 min
  • Servings
    9 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/3 cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

9 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/3 cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 150

  • Total Fat 5g
    • Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 60mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 7g
  • Protein 7g
  • Potassium 300mg
  • Phosphorus 265mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Fat-free milk, 1/2 Fat



  • quinoa
    1 cup
  • skim milk
    1 1/2 cup
  • fat-free half-and-half
    1 1/2 cup
  • low-calorie brown sugar blend, such as Truvia or Splenda
    1/4 cup
  • vanilla extract
    1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp
  • ground nutmeg
    1/4 tsp
  • pumpkin seeds (toasted)
    1/2 cup


  1. Rinse quinoa under cold water for 2 minutes.

  2. Whisk together milk, fat-free half-and-half, brown sugar blend, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.

  3. Once the milk mixture is simmering, stir in quinoa and reduce heat to a low simmer. Partially cover the pan and cook 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

  4. When quinoa is done cooking, stir in toasted pumpkin seeds and serve.