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Carrot Raisin Quinoa Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

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  • Author: Vicky and Ruth
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This carrot raisin quinoa recipe comes together quickly with only 5 ingredients if you don't count salt and oil. But don't be fooled by its simplicity it packs comforting flavor and it's a favorite among adults and kids.  Give it a try and please let us know what you think.



2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 large sweet onion, sliced

5 medium carrots freshly shredded, or 4 cups store-bought shredded carrots

1 3/4 cups water

3/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

3/4 cup raisins

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

Optional Topping: any nuts of your choice, chopped


  1. In a 3 qt sauté pan with a lid,  heat oil and cook onions at medium-high heat until translucent, about 5 minutes
  2. Add shredded carrots and continue cooking at for an additional 5 minutes
  3. Add water, salt, pepper, raisins and rinsed quinoa and stir well.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes
  5. Uncover the pan and gently fluff the quinoa up with a fork. If water remains, cover and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes or until all the water has cooked out.
  6. Top with nuts, right before serving, if using.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature


  1. This quinoa recipe comes out better and tastier with freshly shredded carrots
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan and gluten-free


  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 15.8
  • Sodium: 316
  • Fat: 5.8
  • Saturated Fat: .8
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 40.5
  • Fiber: 5.3
  • Protein: 5.1
  • Cholesterol: 0