Side Dish | May 28, 2021

Coconut Quinoa

Sweet fluffy coconut quinoa pairs perfect with fruit and even better top the quinoa with a coconut syrup and you and your family will be drooling for second and thirds. It’s fast and easy to make and I’m going show you how to make it step by step.

WHAT IS COCONUT QUINOA

Coconut quinoa is quinoa cooked in coconut milk. Quinoa is a small seed that when cooked turns into a fluffy little ball of goodness.  Quinoa is low-carb, high in protein, high in iron, potassium and calcium. It’s also gluten-free! It’s such a healthy alternative to a lot of starches. We love it at our house, even the kids!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT COCONUT QUINOA

I SWEAR by making quinoa in the pressure cooker. It is basically fail proof, whereas quinoa can be a struggle over the stovetop. It comes out perfect every time. For this recipe you will need:

  • quinoa
  • coconut milk
  • water
  • sweetener like sugar, maple syrup or  honey

RISE YOUR QUINOA

To start you will need to rinse the coating off your quinoa. The coating can give your quinoa a bitter taste with cooked, so take 30 seconds and rinse your quinoa until the water runs clear.

DO I USE WHITE OR TRI COLOR QUINOA?

You can use either type of quinoa. They will both cook well with this recipe.

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT COCONUT QUINOA

  1. Using a little coconut oil or non-stick cooking spray spray your pan to prevent the quinoa from sticking,
  2. add in your coconut milk and water
  3. add your rinsed quinoa and sugar
  4. stir together
  5. Cook for 4 minutes on high, and natural release for 10 minutes.

FLUFF AND LET COOL

As the coconut quinoa cools it will thicken slightly. Now you are ready to add it to your salad.

ADD TO A FRUIT SALAD

once your coconut quinoa cooled it going perfectly with a delicious chilled fruit salad! Try some fresh mango, blueberries or any seasonal fruit!

MAKE A COCONUT SYRUP!

Anyone else love mango sticky rice? Well this coconut quinoa paired with mango and berries is a delicious healthier version of mango sticky rice. The coconut syrup is made like a traditional Thai coconut syrup and is SO EASY.

  • combine coconut milk, sugar, salt and corn starch
  • Bring to a boil for one minute and then serve over coconut quinoa bowls

CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD?

This salad can be made a few hours before even the day before. However I highly recommend if you need to make the salad more than the day before to prep the ingredients and keep them separated in air tight containers. The day of toss together.

HOW LONG CAN I STORE?

This quinoa salad will keep for a few days in an air tight container in the fridge.

I Love Quinoa! Do you have other recipes?

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coconut syrup pouring over bowl of fruit and quinoa
Coconut Quinoa
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Light, Fresh and sweet coconut quinoa salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa with blueberry, quinoa with mango
Servings: 12
Calories: 203 kcal
Author: Aubrey
Ingredients
Coconut Quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 15 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar or your choice of sweetener like honey or maple syrup
  • non-stick spray or coconut oil
Coconut Syrup
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
fruit
  • mangoes
  • blueberries, raspberries
Instructions
Pressure Cooker Coconut Quinoa
  1. In pressure cooker spray pan with non-stick spray. Add in all ingredients and stir. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes. Quick release and let cool. Coconut Quinoa will continue to thicken as cools.

Coconut Syrup
  1. In pan add coconut milk and cool water. Whisk in sugar and corn starch. Bring to a boil for one minute. Drizzle over coconut quinoa and fresh fruit.

Recipe Notes

coconut quinoa Stove top: Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff with fork and let cool. 

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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