Chocolate-Banana Quinoa Pudding

Here’s a recipe to quench your sweet tooth, because I sense it has been feeling ignored over the past few posts. Bones, avocados and fish are all good, but desserts, for some reason, are always the superstar.

Pudding is a great type of dessert, as it is very versatile. It can be raw or cooked like a custard, it can be smooth or textured (like our local rezz b7aleeb / رزّ بحليب , or rice milk pudding), it can be light and fluffy (on the mousse side), runny, jelly like, or firm as a soft cake.  Ultimately, it can be mixed or topped with a choice of fruits, nuts, cookies,… You can really unleash your creativity in puddings.

I invented this (very) simple pudding one day, improvising a snack for Karma with some leftover quinoa I had cooked for a tabboule. It was an instant hit, and it brought me to make it every now and then, as a wholesome dessert (that happens to be gluten and dairy free, in addition to using whole grains and not plain starch like most puddings).



  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (⅔ cup uncooked)
  • 2 large bananas (preferably ripe)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Up to ½ tbsp grape molasses (less if  bananas are very ripe)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Wash the quinoa thoroughly 2 to 3 times (to remove saponins that make them bitter).
  2. Transfer to small pot and cover generously with water.
  3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 min.
  4. Drain quinoa and put in a powered blender.
  5. Add bananas in large pieces, cocoa, molasses and cinnamon.
  6. Blend to reach desired consistency (I like it a tidbit textured).
  7. Pour in individual bowls and serve, or chill.

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4 thoughts on “Chocolate-Banana Quinoa Pudding

    • Well, I can still say I don’t like the actual bananas, but just give me a couple of months, you’ll see…

      Anyway, always remember that YOU were the one who initiated peace between the banana and I, when you made that delicious banana-chocolate-chip cake for Karma’s birthday. That’s how it all started!

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