Quinoa is packed with protein and fiber so it's time to get creative! This Strawberries and Cream Quinoa is delicious enough to be your new, favorite dessert and healthy enough to be your new, favorite breakfast!
I love quinoa. I even dedicated a whole chapter to it in The Everything Wheat Free Diet Cookbook!
I love how healthy and versatile it is and this recipe is a perfect example. This can be easy made for breakfast too instead of your regular oatmeal (now don't worry, I would NEVER diss oatmeal!)
But sometimes you just need to mix it up a bit.
I love eating my Breakfast Quinoa to mix up my regular routine. I will honest, it sounded weird to me at first because I was used to be good old oatmeal.
I am so happy I decided to try it because it was incredible. I absolutely love the texture and it was so easy to customize any way I liked it.
Well, this gave me an idea...this Breakfast Quinoa had almost a pudding-like texture. Interesting, right?
Why not make a delicious, sweet pudding like dessert? It's always good to try new things.
And maybe add some plant-based protein and heart-healthy fiber while you're at it.
I feel like I am in a food rut these days which is why I need to switch up my boring routine. I don't have the time to get creative every night and make healthy snacks and treats to keep me on plan.
I am a huge believer in preparation and these can be made in advance. For me, if I don't prepare my foods in advance I get off track and frequently eat something that isn't that healthy if it is right in front of me.
I think we can all relate, especially my fellow, exhausted parents.
I made three of these at once and kept them in the refrigerator to have a healthy snack available. Curse those leftover kids' snacks, now I am prepared!
I'll eat my strawberry quinoa!
You can use a variety of berries or other fruits if you would like. I just made it with a combination of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries and it was divine.
I will have to share a picture of it because it was such a pretty color. Just as pretty as this one!
Whoa…I just realized that these would also be perfect for Valentine's Day! Ok, so I totally knew that this would be PERECT for Valentine's day, I am trying to avoid all of the excess candy and stuff that are around during this lovely holiday.
And side note: why do kids come home with just as much candy on Valentine's Day as Halloween?
That drives me CRAZY!
Leave all the candy for Halloween, please. You can have a couple of pieces of candy for Valentine's Day but why does everyone have to go over board?
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 cup Vanilla Almond milk
- 1 cup strawberries pureed
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
- Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Rinse and drain quinoa.
- Combine quinoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling.
- Cover and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cook 10 to 15 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
- Add pureed strawberries, chia seeds, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour, or even overnight. Makes about 2 cups cooked quinoa.
If you like a thicker pudding, you can use less almond milk. I would start at a ½ cup and add a little until you achieve the texture you like.
It's all a matter of taste and preference. this will definitely thicken while it sits in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight, so keep that in mind.
Enjoy this vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free treat/snack/breakfast. I wouldn't even blame you if you ate it three times in a day. It'll be our secret!
If you like pudding, then you will love these too!
If you made this Strawberries and Cream Quinoa Pudding or any of these other recipes I have shared with you, please come back and let me know. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
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