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Avoid packing on holiday pounds with this sweet Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding

Posted at 1:42 PM, Dec 07, 2015

RICHMOND, Va - Lisa Raum, MS, RD of the Southeast Dairy Association passed along helpful tips to help you navigate through the holidays without gaining weight. She walked us through the steps to put together her sweet and wholesome Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding. For more healthy eating tips and other information visit online at www.southeastdairy.org and www.rdtogo.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups lactose-free milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Instead of rice, this pudding is made with the high-protein grain quinoa and flavored with fresh cranberries and orange juice.

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400˚.

Place cranberries and orange juice in a medium sauce pan, and heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until cranberries have "popped" and are cooked through.

Add quinoa, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and orange zest to orange juice and cranberry mixture, and heat until boiling. Turn heat down to medium low and cover 2/3 of the saucepan with lid.

Cook mixture for 30 minutes, or until pudding is thickened. Stir every 3-5 minutes to prevent sticking.

While quinoa is cooking, place sliced almonds on a baking sheet, and bake in oven for 4-5 minutes or until lightly brown and toasted.

Divide quinoa pudding equally in to 7 serving dishes, and top with toasted almonds. Serve warm, or cover and chill.