I’m pretty sure that you have noticed my affinity with cashews and this Quinoa Cashew Pudding is yet another recipe to strengthen that bond. Cashews have become my new best food friend lately. I can’t imagine life without them anymore, it’s so beautifully diverse. I always have a jar of soaked cashew nuts in my fridge. It’s almost like a daily ritual – I usually soak one cup of cashews every night before I go to bed. This morning I used up half a cup for the über-yummy Quinoa Cashew Pudding. And while I’m writing this the other half of my soaked cashews is waiting to be made into a vegan pesto with purple basil and nutritional yeast. But I’ll tell you about the recipe for best pesto in the world another time.
The Quinoa Cashew Pudding was initially intended to become a porridge. But the thickness, creaminess and consistency reminded me of one of my favorite childhood dishes – rice pudding (the other ones were semolina pudding and custard aka vanilla pudding). Who knew that you could recreate the perfect (and healthy) rice pudding of your childhood but without rice…and milk…and sugar. I used to eat my rice pudding with apple sauce or hot cherries. On good days, they would even serve it at school. I can still remember the lady behind the cafeteria counter at my High School. On ‘Rice Pudding’ days she would stand there with this huge ladle and serve impatient children. Next to her you would find a large bowl filled with a sugar and cinnamon mixture and another bowl either overflown with cherry compote or apple sauce. Even today, lots of school, university and company canteens offer rice pudding once a week, usually on Fridays. That’s how crazy Germans are about rice pudding. You see grown up men in proper business suits eating rice pudding. I don’t blame them. Rice Pudding might not be my favorite favorite food anymore but I still love it…a lot.
So this Quinoa Cashew Pudding is thick, creamy and rich thanks to the cashews. The quinoa lends it a slightly crispy and nutty flavors, the vanilla and cinnamon adds enjoyable sweetness. Fresh fruits like strawberries or hot fruit sauces like cherry or blueberry sauce are a must to make this the best reason to wake up to.
Have a wonderful week! And remember, Friday is
Rice Pudding Quinoa Cashew Pudding Day 🙂