Chocolate Quinoa


Serves 4-6
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 quarts water
  • 5 tablespoons quinoa
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin
  • ½ cup water
  • Fresh berries, for garnish
  • Whipped cream, for garnish


  1. With a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks.  Place in refrigerator until needed
  2. Bring 2 quarts of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan.  Add quinoa and let simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the quinoa out of the simmering water and set aside.
  4. Combine milk and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Add quinoa, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the quinoa mixture from the heat, and slowly whisk in the cocoa powder.  Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in ½ cup water and let sit for 1-2 minutes, or until thick.
  7. Place gelatin in a small saucepan over medium heat, until it melts.  Add the gelatin to the quinoa mixture.
  8. Place the quinoa mixture in a bowl over a larger bowl of ice water, and stir for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly.
  9. Remove the whipped cream from the refrigerator and gently fold into quinoa mixture.
  10. Spoon into serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.
  11. Garnish with berries and whipped cream, and serve.


    • Quinoa is the healthiest of all the grains, and was once known as the “holy grain.”
    • You must stir the quinoa mixture over the ice bath to cool it.  If you just place it in the refrigerator, it will develop lumps.