Strawberry Protein Pudding with Quinoa and Cashews


I hate the smell of cooking strawberries. I don’t know why. It always stinks of rotting fruit even if the berries are fresh and firm. However, I know a lot of folks who love the aroma. Apparently its my nose that’s the problem. Since I can’t cut it off, I’ll just deal with it. The results are more than worth it.

Cashews give the final result a yogurt taste which when combined with the strawberries and the vanilla protein powder, makes a yummy pudding! I have made this several times with a vanilla slant, this time I went for chocolate. If you want the vanilla version, just leave out the chocolate powder and the espresso.

Nutrition facts at a glance: 417 calories, 51 grams of carbs, 29 grams of protein

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 29 oz or 2 pints raw strawberries sliced
  • 4 oz  roasted unsalted cashews (use a food scale to measure this)
  • 3 Scoops Super Advanced Whey Isolate – Vanilla Creme
  • Dash of cinnamon and cloves if you like them (I do)
  • To make it chocolate: 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/4  teaspoon espresso
  1. Boil the quinoa for about ten minutes or until the pearls engorge themselves and become mushy.
  2. Wash and slice the strawberries. It doesn’t matter how small you chop them. The strawberries disintegrate while cooking anyway.
  3. Chop the cashews in a food processor until they are a fine powder.
  4.  Once the quinoa is cooked, add the strawberries and all other ingredients to the pot. Add water as needed until the dry ingredients are mixed in.
  5. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until the strawberries are cooked.

This recipe makes 5 servings of about 2 cups each as written. If your confection is thinner than mine (contains more water), your serving size may be larger.

I didn’t add any additional sweeteners other than the one tablespoon of sugar because the protein powder I use is already sweetened. However, if your protein powder is unsweetened, do add some of the sweetener of your choice.

If you’re not counting calories or have chosen to skip the protein powder, go ahead and add your favorite milk or yogurt to the recipe. 1-2 cups ought to do it but you could add more if you like. I would if I could but lactose intolerance prevents it.

Nutrition Facts (from
Servings 5.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13 g 20 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 10 %
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 9 mg 3 %
Sodium 63 mg 3 %
Potassium 728 mg 21 %
Total Carbohydrate 51 g 17 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 29 %
Sugars 14 g
Protein 29 g 59 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 164 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 22 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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