Coconut Quinoa Pudding

February 24, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Makes about 6 servings
Author Notes

I've been experimenting with quinoa for some time now and have thought of using it in rice pudding. Using coconut milk in place of regular milk adds a new dimension. This pudding has a nice backdrop of orange and vanilla and the cinnamon-flavored coconut topping makes for a nice little crunch. —inpatskitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

After my first trip to Hawaii earlier this summer, I've been jonesing for all things coconut and this recipe caught my eye. Quinoa was an unexpected, but tasty, pairing. I liked the multiple layers of coconut flavor from the milk, the shredded coconut, and the crunchy toasted topping. The quinoa gave it an interesting texture -- more substantial than tapioca. After baking, the quinoa had soaked up all the available liquid and the result was more dense than fluffy, so I added an extra splash of coconut milk to each serving. The recipe was easy to follow, and I loved trying something new! —tanager

What You'll Need
  • For the quinoa and topping
  • 1 cup rinsed and drained quinoa
  • 2 cups coconut milk (I used Silk original from the dairy case)
  • 1/2 cup grated sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Putting it all together
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup semolina
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated sweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange zest
  • Juice of one orange
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Coconut-cinnamon topping
  1. For the quinoa and topping
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the quinoa and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and then cover and lower the heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed into the grain. Set aside.
  3. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and place in a 350° F oven for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the coconut starts to slightly brown. Place in a small bowl and stir in the cinnamon. Set that bowl aside.
  1. Putting it all together
  2. Whisk the semolina, cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar and the pinch of salt in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, begin slowly heating the coconut milk to boiling. While watching the milk, beat the eggs with an electric mixer, add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and continue beating until thick and a little fluffy.
  4. Once the milk comes up to a boil, whisk in the semolina mixture and continue stirring until the mixture thickens and just starts to boil again. Take off the heat and let rest for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the egg mixture, cooked quinoa, orange zest, orange juice, coconut, and vanilla. Pour into a greased 8 x 11-inch baking pan. Bake at 350° F for 35 to 40 minutes.
  6. Serve warm in small dessert dishes topped with a teaspoon or two of the cinnamon-coconut topping.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

6 Reviews

GiGi26 August 30, 2013
I made this for my family when Pat first posted it and several times since. My family absolutely loves it. I don't even feel a twinge when our teenage granddaughters eat it for breakfast. Which always happens when I make!
inpatskitchen August 30, 2013
So happy everyone has enjoyed! Thanks!
aargersi August 20, 2013
This sounds really wonderful, and about as guilt-free as a dessert can get!
inpatskitchen August 20, 2013
Thanks Abbie!!
susan G. February 24, 2012
IPK, I like all the parts, and this sounds like a 'more than the sum of'' conclusion. Have to do this soon!
(What would you think of Cream of Rice in place of semolina for gluten free?)
inpatskitchen February 24, 2012
Thanks so much susan g!I I think cream of rice, white rice flour or even finely ground white corn meal would work here.