Quinoa Pudding with Maple and Cinnamon


Quinoa Pudding makes the BEST comfort food for tough days

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Do you ever hear about or see something, and then it is ALL you think about?

Joy the Baker made the most insane  rice pudding

and it is ALL I want to eat.

Rice pudding is something you either love or hate, and I am firmly in the LOVE group. It also is probably the most perfect of comfort foods, and I could really use that today.


Maple and Cinnamon Quinoa Pudding - heathersfrenchpress.com


I had an early morning meeting at Charlie’s school today. He has been trying SO very hard, but the work is simply not easy for him. In fact, it seems almost impossible at times.  It is painful for me to watch him struggle, so today’s meeting was a VERY emotional one.

In the end, we all agreed he needs extra support, and  now I need to bury myself in some pudding.


Quinoa Pudding - heathersfrenchpress.com


Quinoa Pudding with Maple and Cinnamon


  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • maple syrup for topping {optional}


  • in a medium saucepan {over medium heat} combine the milk, sugar,vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg
  • bring to a boil and stir in the quinoa
  • return to a boil, and reduce the heat to low
  • simmer {stirring occasionally} until the milk has been absorbed and the pudding is thick {20 - 25 minutes}
  • ** it may look like it is not thickeing up, but after about 10 minutes it should start getting thicker and more pudding like
  • serve warm with maple syrup


I only had brown rice in the pantry, and I was NOT waiting that long for pudding, so I decided to try quinoa.

LOVED it, and will quite possibly finish the pot for dinner.


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  1. says

    HUGS!! I’m sorry today was a rough day!
    But on to more serious things (i kid), that drippy maple syrup photo is to.die.for! Makes me want to just dive right in. I’ve never thought to use quinoa for pudding, and now I must try it asap!

  2. says

    This looks so warm and yummy. I’ve just started eating quinoa and am looking for new recipes.


  3. says

    Did you have to precook the quinoa, or was it cooked in the milk vs cooking in water (as you would in a more savory preparation)? My hubby loves rice pudding, can’t wait to try this!

        • says

          I just made Heather’s AMAZING recipe and wanted to share the dairy-free alternatives I used as I saw a couple of you talking about this very thing.
          A friend and I were talking about some alternatives for this recipe as I was complaining because I’ve tried rice, soy, almond and coconut milk to make quinoa puddings before and the consistency is never right. So, she suggested I try coconut cream. So, I bought a can from Trader Joes and used 1& 1/2 cups of coconut cream and 1/2 cup of almond milk to make up the 2 cups of whole milk. It worked really well today and it’s very tasty. I didn’t even need to add any maple syrup because it’s sweet enough. I hope this helps any other dairy-free or vegan folks.

  4. says

    I’m sorry you had a rough day at Charlie’s school. This would have brightened up my day too! It looks delicious and healthy so I’ll be pinning it. I’m hopping over from Whimsy Wednesday (my posts are linkups # 61 Orange & Chocolate Halloween Cookes and 66 Tips for Baby’s First Haircut)

  5. Libby Lane says

    Hi! This looks amazing! I’m trying to cut back on sugar and I’m wondering if I cut the sugar in half if it will make much of a difference? Thanks!

  6. Wendi says

    This looks and sounds great. I’ve never cooked quinoa but I want to try this. I’ve heard you have to rinse the quinoa or it will be bitter. Did you rinse it or is it not actually a problem?

  7. Jackie says

    I’m making this now!
    Just FYI, there is no directions for when to out vanilla in. (I’m guessing when u add the cinnamon,nutmeg,sugar,and salt?)
    It smell delicious


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