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Ginger Pear Quinoa Pudding

Serves: 8

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! The weather here in RI was absolutely gorgeous! Two perfect fall days! It was so nice to be able to open the windows and enjoy the nice breeze and amazing fall smell! :)

As my long time readers know, the 21st of the month is one of my favorite days because it is the submission day for the monthly Recipe Redux challenge. So I am very excited today! :) For those of you who aren’t familiar with Recipe Redux it is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. It was founded by 3 amazing dietitians with a belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. And let me tell you, I totally agree! The amazing bloggers who participate in this have come up with so many delicious, yet healthy recipes! If you haven’t been to the Recipe ReDux site yet, definitely pop over and check it out! Plus you can check out the other recipes from this month below!

This months challenge was to create a recipe using a slow cooker. I will be honest, when I read the challenge I thought to myself, “Oh geez, what the heck am I going to make? I have only ever used my slow cooker one time!” Last Christmas, my mom actually bought me a slow cooker and the only thing I made in it was some pulled pork back at the beginning of the year. It is a pretty big slow cooker and I am only one person, so it doesn’t make sense for me to use it too often. However, then I got thinking about a warm, comforting, sweet recipe that I could make a big batch of and would last me the week! I always love to have something warm, sweet and homey when the days get a bit cooler. This recipe definitely hits all of those! I hope you enjoy!

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Fit Ingredients

  • 1 c (168g) quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 c baking stevia (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tbs ground ginger (fresh would be nice too, but I didn’t have any)
  • 12 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 – 13.5oz can light coconut milk (or more almond milk)
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 medium pears, diced

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  • slow cooker

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Directions

1. Combine your quinoa, almond milk, coconut milk, lemon juice and stevia in your slow cooker.

2. Set to low heat and cook for 1.5 hours, whisking every 30 minutes or so.

3. Add in your cinnamon, ginger and diced pear.

4. Cook an additional 30-45 minutes or until desired thickness.*

5. Top with greek yogurt, if desired.

*If you like your pudding a bit looser you can cook 30 minutes, if you like it thicker, like I do, then 45 minutes would be best!

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It’s as easy as that!! This made a big batch and was perfect for breakfast AND dessert!! I topped it with some greek yogurt and some walnuts and it was amazingly delicious! Warm, hearty, filling and perfect for the cool fall days and nights! I even had it as a side dish with some oven roasted chicken one night! Delicious!

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Nutrition: (for 1 out of 8 servings)

Calories: 138, Protein: 3.4g, Carbs: 22.3g, Fat: 4.5g (2.1g Saturated), Sodium: 51mg, Fiber: 3.4g, Sugar: 3.8g, Net Carbs: 18.9g)

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*What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

*Have you made a sweet dish in a slow cooker?

*What is your favorite recipe to make in big batches?

 

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