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Recipe for Quinoa Banana Pudding With Dried Mango

Submitted by: Jane

Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups  uncooked quinoa
1(13-1/2 oz can  coconut milk
1/4 cup  sugar (plus more to taste)
pinch  salt
1/2 cup  dried mango slices, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 tsp.(packed)  grated peeled ginger root, plus more to taste
large ripe bananas peeled
1 tbs.  lemon juice
1/2 cup  chopped toasted walnuts*

Cooking Directions:
1.  In a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high, combine the quinoa and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer 12 to 15 minutes until the water is absorbed. Uncover the pan and add the coconut milk, sugar and salt. Simmer gently, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2.  Add the mango and ginger. Continue cooking about 3 minutes until the mixture thickens to a pudding consistency and the mango is soft but still chewy. Remove from the heat.

3.  Slice half a banana into thin rounds, toss with lemon juice and set aside. Mash the remaining 1 1/2 bananas and stir into the pudding. Add more sugar, if needed, then stir in the walnuts. Serve in individual ramekins. Garnish with the reserved banana slices. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

4.  Per serving: 330 calories, 46 percent calories from fat, 17 grams total fat, 10 grams saturated fat, no cholesterol, 42 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams total fiber, 7 grams protein, 166 milligrams sodium. Adapted from Whole Grains for Busy People (Clarkson Potter, 2009) by Lorna Sass.

5.  *To toast and chop nuts: Place whole nuts on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven and toast about 15 minutes until golden, turning nuts periodically. Let cool then chop.

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