Quinoa: ”a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds.” (-wikipedia)
 
Belonging to a class all of its own this imposter of a grain has the highest protein content of all whole grains, providing all 9 essential amino acids, this “pseudocereal /grain”  is a actually a complete protein. Vegan or gluten intolerant… gluten and cholesterol free, quinoa is not only high in protein but fiber and iron as well, quinoa is a great substitute for those who choose to eliminate any sources of animal based products such as meat and dairy from their diet.
 
Now we all know quinoa can be substituted in a plethora of traditional and non-traditional dinner recipes but have you ever thought about desserts? Well if the answer is no, below are some of my favorite dessert recipes from the Queen of Quinoa, who shows us a new way to think about this super power “grain”.
 

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Dark Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

 

Spicy Chocolate Popcorn with Quinoa

 Spicy Chocolate Popcorn Quinoa Clusters

 

Peanut Butter Oat Quinoa Cookies

Peanut Butter Oat Quinoa Cookies

 

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie

 

Reeses Quinoa Crispy Treats

Healthy “Reese’s” Quinoa Crispy Treats

 

Oatmeal Cookies

 Oatmeal Cookies

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 

Quinoa Coconut Macaroons

 Quinoa Coconut Macaroons

 

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles

 

Chocolate Raspberry Waffles with Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle

Chocolate Raspberry Waffles with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Drizzle