Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding with Toasted Almonds

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding with Toasted Almonds Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding {Lactose-Free and Gluten-Free}

I’ve been seeing a lot of clients, as of late, who want to try a low FODMAPs diet for their IBS {Irritable Bowel Syndrome} symptoms.  Thus far, I’d say, ~3/4 of my patients with IBS have experienced partial or almost complete resolution of their gas, bloating, and abdominal pain by eliminating or cutting back on foods high in FODMAPs {Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols}


That’s a mouthful!

One food that tends to be a nemesis for my clients with IBS, is cow’s milk, which contains the milk sugar lactose.  IBS or not, lactose intolerance is quite common in adults, especially in African American, Asian, American Indian, and Hispanic populatons, and lactose-free products can be a godsend for those lactose intolerant  folks who enjoy cow’s milk and don’t want to eliminate it from their diets.

This is where Lactose Free milk, such as the Organic Valley brand, comes in quite handy.

organic valley lactose free milk

If you’ve never tasted lactose-free milk before, you’re in for a big surprise.  It tastes like…


Albeit, a tad bit sweeter than lactose containing milk, since the lactose, aka milk sugar, has already been broken down in to it’s components, glucose and galactose.

This month, The Southwest Dairy Association is challenging Recipe ReDux members to create holiday recipes using lactose-free cow’s milk, so today’s Quinoa Pudding was made especially for those of you with lactose intolerance, anyone on a FODMAPs diet, and everyone else for that matter, since the pudding is equally delicious with regular cow’s milk, or any non-dairy alternatives.

Oh, and since cranberries are still deliciously in season, I’ve added them to this pudding to continue the November #cranberrylove celebration!

cranberriesHere’s the recipe…

Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding {Lactose Free}
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Serves: 7 servings
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1½ cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2½ cups lactose-free milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place cranberries and orange juice in a medium sauce pan, and heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until cranberries have "popped" and are cooked through.
  2. Add quinoa, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and orange zest to orange juice and cranberry mixture, and heat until boiling. Turn heat down to medium low and cover ~2/3 of the pan. Cook mixture for ~ 30 minutes, or until pudding consistency is achieved. Stir every 3-5 minutes to prevent sticking. While quinoa is cooking, place sliced almonds on a baking sheet, and bake in oven for 4-5 minutes, or until lightly brown and toasted.
  3. Divide quinoa pudding equally in to 7 serving dishes, and top with toasted almonds. Serve warm, or you may chill pudding in fridge, and serve cold.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 225 calories

Cranberry Orange Quinoa PuddingThis Cranberry Orange Quinoa Pudding not only makes for a healthy and delicious dessert, but makes for a fabulous breakfast as well.  Pinky swear, I promise not to tell your mom you’re having pudding for breakfast!

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Disclosure: “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Southeast Dairy Association.  I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.”

Have you ever tried lactose-free milk before?  Do you have problems digesting lactose?  What’s your favorite holiday dessert???

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  1. Ahh, just delightful!! Love different whole grains as puddings and I’m on a cranberry kick right now – look forward to trying this one out.

  2. What a great idea… festive, creamy, comforting & healthy 🙂 Just the combo I like for recipes!!

  3. Oh my goodness … I have to pin this one to try 🙂

  4. Ooh, this pudding sounds wonderful! And I love that it’s lactose-free — my lactose-sensitive dad (who also loves cranberry + orange) would looove this. =)

  5. I’ve never heard of lactose free milk, usually people I know will use non-dairy milk like soy milk/coconut milk which is very much part of our daily life in South East Asia. Love quinoa pudding, but never thought to make it with juice.. great idea!

    • Absolutely you could make this with soy or coconut milk and it would be delicious too. Lactose-free milk is great for those who are lactose intolerant, but still want to enjoy cow’s milk. Enjoy!

  6. Oh wow! This looks just amazing!
    Such a unique recipe and I love the ingredient list. Thanks for posting info on FODMAPS. I need to learn more!

  7. wonderful recipe and your the best RD bet your patients love you for creating cool recipes for them hugs

  8. Yeah for FODMAPs!! It’s saved my life 🙂 I’ll be pinning this recipe to my fodmaps board!
    So this lactose-free milk is actually broken down already, to galactose and glucose? It’s not just the enzyme like with lactaid? That’s interesting.

    Question, how do I get on that Low FODMAPs RD list??

    • I know you have done great with FODMAPs, and love your recipes too! Re: Organic ValleyLactose-free milk-it has the Lactaid added to it too, but the lactose is broken down by the time you drink it, so it tastes a little sweet~Same concept as other brands of lactose-free milk. I will send you the ink to sign up for the FODMAPs RD list!

  9. This looks incredible!!!

  10. I love quinoa, but never thought of using them in pudding. Looks absolutely tempting!

  11. Cranberries are the berry of the season and this pudding is perfect for everyone.

  12. this looks devine! cranberries are so lovely and quinoa is so versatile. perfect recipe x

  13. Love this pudding-as-breakfast idea. I am just starting to experiment with chia (I know, where have I been) and this is a great one to try. I tend to just pop it into porridge and bakes but this sounds lovely, EA. Great FODMAPS links too.

  14. I didn’t know organic valley made lactose free (blech lactaid) good to know. This is a keeper, I eat chia pudding for breakfast quite often love that it feels rebellious.

  15. I love and envy your creativity with food and recipes… you rock! I am always intrigued by all the substitutes that you use, and you make the food look so damn good! 🙂

  16. Sounds really good! Would love eating this for breakfast, would be such a treat to start the day right. Can’t wait to make it!

  17. Wow, I am in love! I have to have dairy-free diet….well I should, but sometimes I have it and regret it. I usually drink almond or soy milk, but will have to try the lactose free milk. I love this recipe, hubby and I love quinoa:-) I am totally pinning this in favorite recipes! Hugs, Terra

  18. This looks so good, such a perfect combination of ingredients! Like you said, you really can’t go wrong with this for either breakfast or dessert!

  19. This is such a gorgeous recipe. Beautiful photo. I need a new breakfast go-to!

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