It’s those cold winter nights that get me in trouble when it comes to delicious, warm comfort food. I have tried and tested many recipes to hit that sweet craving, and I think this is the one that I love the most! It’s a delicious custard/pudding made with quinoa (the most diverse ingredient ever!) and coconut milk. I also made some stewed apples with sultanas to go alongside the custard, and it’s definitely a recipe I’ll be making again and again. The best part about this recipe is it takes just 4 minutes to cook in the microwave, so no waiting around for baking time, and the fact that it’s nutritious, healthy, protein-packed and vegan doesn’t hurt either! The custard is super creamy with a coconut undertone, but not too sweet. The apples and sultanas just give it an extra yum factor…it really is spectacular for something good for you!
1 cup organic quinoa flakes
1 tin coconut milk (you could use the light version, but I didn’t bother)
1/2 tin water (I use the water to wash out any leftover coconut milk stuck in the can)
1 tbsp brown sugar, plus an extra 1 tsp
1 apple (I used a Granny Smith)
2 tbsp sultanas
2 tbsp water
In a heat proof bowl mix the quinoa, milk, water and 1 tbsp brown sugar. Peel and finely slice the apple. Place into a zip-lock bag along with the sultanas, extra 1 tsp of brown sugar and water. Place bowl of quinoa in microwave along with the sealed zip-lock bag. Cook for 2 minutes on high, then stir the quinoa and shake the apple bag a bit. Put back in the microwave for another 2 minutes on high. If the quinoa gets too thick just add some water, soy milk or almond milk and cook for another minute. Serve the quinoa in a bowl and top with the stewed apples (make sure you spoon some of that caramel sauce over the apples – it’s delicious!) Enjoy!