i adore spring, a time of new beginnings and fresh starts.
every year i look forward to the freshness & renewed energy spring brings to the garden, neighbors and table. the first beautiful day of spring everyone walks about town with huge smiles on their faces. spring is a happy time - who doesn't like happiness?
this sweet treat reminds me of spring- full of goodness & happiness.
to simply put it, coconut quinoa pudding topped with sliced almonds, chia & wild blueberries puts a smile on my face much like the first day of spring does.
truth is i have never had or made any type of rice pudding. after seeing a few different posts & pins on rice pudding i thought I'd give it a try- i became even more intrigued when i saw a few version's made with quinoa. it was officially placed on my must make list. i was inspired by a version from Ashlae over at Oh Lady Cakes, however i can't seem to find the link to her version, regardless you should head over and check out her blog, she is pretty amazing.
the simple ingredients in this quinoa pudding are quinoa (of course), coconut milk, coconut almond milk, vanilla, salt & Vietnamese cinnamon (amazing cinnamon!)
frozen wild blueberries from last summer, chia seeds and almonds top the finished pudding
i love the contrast of the toppings with the pudding - silky, sweet & crunch all in one bite
the coconut milk adds a creaminess to the overall pudding - and i absolutely love anything to do with coconut. actually, you should definitely top a few puddings with toasted coconut flakes
blueberries for antioxidants, chia seeds for omega 3, fiber & proteins, almonds for vitamin e
almonds have long been revered as symbol of wellness and health
a perfect bit of sweetness
this recipe can easily be halved - the full recipe does make a fair amount, which could always be enjoyed throughout the morning at breakfast or as an afternoon snack
Coconut Quinoa Pudding
you will need:
1 cup quinoa rinsed
1/2 cup agave
pinch of salt
2 cups coconut milk (i used light)
1 cup coconut almond milk
1/2 tsp Vietnamese cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scrapped
1/2 cup wild blueberries
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1 tsp chia seeds
in a medium sauce pan add quinoa through vanilla - gently whisk until cinnamon is evenly distributed. bring to a bowl, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 35-40 minutes until mixture thickens. remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
ladle out 6 portions and top each serving with blueberries & almonds; sprinkle with chia seeds. if saving a portion of the pudding for later store in a container without the toppings and top just before enjoying.
...wait there's more!
Gabby from the veggie nook made my day last week- i cannot believe how many amazing people are out in the "blogging" community,it seems each week i have the pleasure of meeting another creative and sweet person through blogging. I was presented the very inspiring blogger award by Gabby @ the veggie nook , i feel very lucky to have received this award and can't wait to share with you a few of my favorite people that inspire me on a daily basis
(truth is every single blog i read and relationship i have formed inspires me on a daily basis)
- Choose 5 blogs you find inspiring to award this to.
- Show your thanks to the blogger that nominated you by linking back to them.
- Post the award on your blog and list the bloggers you are awarding it to.
- Share 5 facts about yourself!
Willow @ Will Cook for Friends - Willow has an absolutely beautiful blog - you get the whole package with Willow; gorgeous photos, inventive recipes, entertaining posts and just an all around wonderful person and friend
Courtney @ Fig Tree: I love Courtney's Blog- her photos & recipes are clean and beautiful. every time i make one of her recipes it never disappoints. Not only is her blog super sweet, but she is one of the sweetest & thoughtful girls i know
Alison @ this homemade life - Everything Alison creates is beautiful. her photos are stunning and her blog is all about real life. i never leave her space uninspired, i love how her pictures always tell a story. one day i hope to build & create as great a family as she has.
Ella @ Lifeologia: Oh Ella, I can't get enough of this girl and her blog. She is truly inspiring, you need to go see for yourself.
Ashlae @ Oh Lady Cakes: Ashlae's blog is so much fun - her humor and outlook on life inspires me. I never fail to laugh at least once while reading her posts. if i had a multiple personalities disorder i would want at least one of them to be just like ashlae.
okay - 5 facts about me
1. i never like to write fun facts about me...but i LOVE reading fun facts about others
2. i am a perfectionist and can be too hard on myself a lot of the time
3. if i could fly down to DC every weekend to be with my sister and eat all weekend at the fabulous vegan restaurants they have i would
4. i want to live on the west coast at some point in my life
5. my dream home has a big barn that i would renovate to include a loft studio where i would blog, create recipes, practice my photography. the lower half of the barn would be my guest house, this said guest house and loft studio is already designed in my head.