Sweet Gluten-Free Quinoa Pilaf

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 persons

Quinoa is a fantastic food. It looks like a grain, cooks like a grain, and tastes like a grain, but it’s actually a seed. It’s loaded with nutrients like fiber and protein and, according to the World Health Organization, it’s even a superfood.

When most people think of quinoa, they think of it as a savory side dish to use in place of rice. There is nothing wrong with using quinoa like that but it’s so much more versatile.

This gluten-free recipe is great for dessert because it’s sweet and light and tasty. But, it can also double as a lovely breakfast too.

If you make this for your friends, don’t tell them until afterward that it’s made from quinoa. It’s so tasty and sweet that they won’t believe you anyway!


  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 cup sweet apple, diced
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup pitted dates, chopped


Cook the quinoa as normal i.e. 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. If you want a creamier pilaf, feel free to use milk, half-and-half, or even coconut milk. Once the quinoa is cooked, drain away any excess liquid and then put it in a bowl. Add the other ingredients and mix. Eat warm or allow to cool as preferred.

Gluten-Free Recipes

Get more ideas for your kids meals, for dinners, desserts or any other meal. All my favorite gluten-free ideas organised here.

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More gluten-free recipes here


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