Eight Sweet Quinoa Recipes

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I came late to the Quinoa party. As an American and Taiwanese hybrid, the starches of my childhood were potatoes and rice, with the occasional appearance of oats if we were really getting crazy. And don’t get me started on Texas; good for beans and tortillas, not so much for variety when it comes to grains.

So my first experiences with Quinoa were basic. Cooked in a pot, mixed with pesto if I was feeling fancy. But there is so much more that can be done with this humble cousin of spinach, the least of which are fresh, lovely salads. So just to broaden everyone’s horizons (and for treats that are gluten free and considerably healthier than their wheat counterparts), here are eight sweet Quinoa confections, courtesy of some truly inventive bloggers!

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1. I’ve always had a soft spot for a sweetly tart bowl of oatmeal, but this Apple Pie Quinoa Bowl takes it one step further with almond milk, apple pie spices, and maple syrup. It also switches out mushy for a texture with a bit more bite! {from Love and Zest}

2. These Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins are the perfect way to kick off a busy day. Quinoa, whole wheat flour, coconut flour, and pumpkin puree are the stars of a toothsome and surprisingly vegan treat! {from Fit Sugar}

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3. If pumpkin pie isn’t quite your cup of tea, maybe Blueberry Quinoa Bran Muffins are! This recipe is gluten free but absolutely bursting juicy berry goodness. Hmmm, now how to buy quinoa flour in bulk….{from Keepin’ It Kind}

4. This simple but homey recipe is a play on rice pudding. Chock full of all the favorites – milk, maple syrup, and vanilla, Quinoa Pudding with Maple and Cinnamon says curl up and EAT ME. {from Heather’s French Press}

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5. And now for a slightly more jazzed up Pudding, complete with strawberries and pistachios, for a nutty, slightly tart spin that freshens this classic Quinoa Pudding up. {from Honest Fare}

6. Now, take that breakfast bowl and turn in into dessert, and you’ve got this mouthwatering, gorgeous Quinoa Strawberry Pistachio Cake. {from Sunday Morning Pancakes}

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7. Whether you call it cobbler, crumble, or sweet casserole, a mess of sweet warm fruit topped with a crispy, crusty topping is always a winner. This Gluten Free Blueberry Crumble Crisp hits the spot. {from Gluten Free Goddess}

8. Decadent Chocolate Cake….made of quinoa? Absolutely! Deep cocoa flavor and some ingenious recipe tinkering means decadence and healthy can exist in one chocolate dream. {from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe}

Photos courtesy of  Kristina, Leta, Kristy, Heather, Gabrielle, Heather, Karina, and Mel.

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  • Dawn

    These are some great recipes and ideas Amy. Thanks for sharing!!