This spin on rice pudding makes a healthy dessert or breakfast. It is high in fibre, low in fat and is gluten, egg, and dairy-free (if a dairy substitute, such as soy milk is used).


1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups milk (dairy, almond, soy etc.)

1 cup apple juice

1 apple, cored and diced

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 tsp brown sugar or honey (or to taste)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of salt


Place all ingredients in a saucepan and stir, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The quinoa will be translucent when fully cooked. Remove from heat and let stand about 10 minutes. Serve warm or chilled. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving, made with 2% milk):

  • Calories: 195
  • Carbs: 35 g
  • Protein: 6.8 g
  • Fat: 3.4 g
  • Fibre: 2.9 g
  • Calcium: 112 mg (11% DV)
  • Iron: 1.4 mg (10% DV)
  • Zinc: 1.3 mg (9% DV)