How to make the Perfect Quinoa Milk

Growing up, I never imagined I would become lactose intolerant. As an avid cheese and ice cream lover, the day I realized dairy was causing my stomach issues was heartbreaking. Though I experimented with various dairy-free milks like almond and soy, I struggled to find one that truly satisfied my cravings for a creamy, nutritious drink to accompany my morning bowl of granola.

That’s why I was so excited to discover this simple yet delicious recipe for homemade quinoa milk. Made from just quinoa and water, this versatile plant-based milk has become my new go-to. Not only is it easy to make with common ingredients, but quinoa milk offers a powerhouse of nutritional benefits – it’s high in protein, packed with vitamins and minerals, and has a low glycemic index.

After testing out this recipe, I was amazed by the light, mildly sweet flavor and velvety texture of the quinoa milk. It blends up creamy and smooth, perfect for pouring over cereal or using in baked goods and smoothies. And unlike store-bought varieties, you can control the thickness and sweetness by adjusting the amount of quinoa and mix-in ingredients like dates or cinnamon.

I’m thrilled to have finally found my perfect dairy-free milk. This quinoa milk tastes fresher and more wholesome than anything I could buy. I hope this easy homemade recipe brings the same joy and comfort to fellow lactose-intolerant foodies as it has for me!

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A bowl of raw quinoa, waiting to transform into creamy milk.

Quinoa Milk Recipe

How To Make The Perfect Quinoa Milk 1

Quinoa Milk

Dive into the world of quinoa milk, a delightful, nutty alternative to traditional milk options. From its simple preparation to its versatility in recipes, quinoa milk is a revelation. Loved our guide? Share it with fellow food enthusiasts and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more culinary wonders!
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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Quinoa Milk
CookingStyle: Braising
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 13 hours
Servings: 2 people
Author: Nazia Cooks
Cost: $10
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1 nut milk maker
1 fine-mesh
1 glass container
1 boil
1 quart-size jar


  • 1/2 cup white quinoa
  • water, as needed
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Place the uncooked quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and wash it
    thoroughly to wash off the bitter coating.
  • Put the washed quinoa into a glass container with a lid.
  • Cover the seeds with water, put the lid on it and place it in the
    fridge overnight.
  • Next day, pour the soaked quinoa into a sieve and wash it again.
  • Put the quinoa into a pot with 2 cups fresh water and a pinch of
  • Bring it to a boil, covered.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer the quinoa (covered) until all the
    water is absorbed, (about 20 minutes).
  • Place the cooked quinoa in a blender with 2 more cups of water
  • Blend on high for 1 minute, then add water until the milk reaches
    the desired consistency.
  • Strain the quinoa milk through cheesecloth into a bowl.
  • Sometimes there will still be flecks of quinoa in the milk. But they
    will settle out later.
  • Pour the quinoa milk into a quart-size jar, and stick it in the fridge
    to cool.
  • The milk may separate a little and then stir just a little.
  • The milk will keep about a week.



Tip: Add any desired sweeteners and flavorings at your choice.
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Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 0.01mg | Calcium: 0.01mg
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Making Quinoa Milk Using a Pressure Cooker

To prepare homemade quinoa milk, start by rinsing quinoa to remove the bitter-tasting saponin coating. Pressure cook the quinoa with water for 15 minutes and allow a natural release. Blend the cooked quinoa until smooth, adding sweeteners or flavorings if desired. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or sieve. Store the strained quinoa milk in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, shaking well before each use to maintain consistency. This process results in a flavorful and bitterness-free quinoa milk.

Cooking Tips for Perfect Quinoa Milk

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The magic begins – blending quinoa and water.

Ever since I first whipped up a batch of this protein-rich, plant-based milk, I’ve been hooked on finding new ways to incorporate it into my cooking and baking.

Though store-bought varieties abound, I’ve found the flavor and texture of homemade quinoa milk vastly superior. Made by simply blending quinoa and water, it has a pleasantly nutty sweetness and lusciously smooth mouthfeel. The mild flavor plays well in both savory and sweet applications.

Through lots of kitchen experimentation, I’ve discovered some handy tips for cooking and baking with quinoa milk. When making pancakes or waffles, I’ve learned to slightly reduce the liquid called for in recipes to account for quinoa milk’s thicker consistency. For cream soups and chowders, I add some cornstarch or arrowroot powder to prevent curdling. And because it has less fat than dairy milk, I often increase oil or butter a bit to keep baked goods moist.

Serving Suggestions for Quinoa Milk

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Quinoa milk ice-cubes: a cool trick for your summer drinks!

Begin your day with a comforting bowl of oatmeal infused with the creamy goodness of Quinoa Milk. Feel the warmth of a miso hug in a bowl of Miso Soup, enhanced by the subtle nuttiness of this plant-based milk.

Take a culinary journey with Quinoa Milk as your companion, transforming your favorite noodle dishes like Yaki Udon or Shoyu Ramen into creamy and satisfying delights. Indulge your sweet tooth with creations like Sweet Mochi or a heavenly Pumpkin Pie, where Quinoa Milk lends its unique flavor to each delectable bite.

Quinoa Milk isn’t just an ingredient; it’s an invitation to explore a world of flavors. Let it elevate your dining experience with its creamy texture and subtle nuttiness, making every dish a nutritious and delightful creation.

FAQs about Quinoa Milk

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Toast to health: glasses of quinoa milk raised in a cheer!
  • Is quinoa milk good for you? Certainly! Quinoa milk is a nutritious option, rich in protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. It’s a beneficial choice for those seeking a plant-based milk alternative.
  • What is quinoa milk made of? Quinoa milk is made by blending soaked and cooked quinoa with water. The mixture is then strained to extract a smooth and creamy liquid.
  • How much protein is in quinoa milk? Quinoa milk typically contains around 1-2 grams of protein per cup. While not as protein-rich as cow’s milk, it still contributes to your daily protein intake.
  • What is the cheapest plant milk to make? Oat milk is often considered one of the cheapest plant milks to make at home. Oats are widely available and cost-effective, making oat milk an economical choice for homemade plant-based milk.
  • How long can I store quinoa milk?
    Quinoa milk remains fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Always store it in a sealed container, and remember to give it a good shake before using.
  • Can I freeze quinoa milk?
    While you can freeze quinoa milk, it might change the texture slightly upon thawing. It’s best consumed fresh.
  • Why is my quinoa milk bitter?
    The bitterness often comes from the saponin coating on quinoa. Ensure you rinse your quinoa thoroughly to avoid this taste.
  • Can I sweeten my quinoa milk?
    Absolutely! You can sweeten it with natural sweeteners like dates, maple syrup, or honey. Adjust to taste.
  • What do I do with the leftover quinoa pulp?
    Zero waste is the mantra! Use the pulp in smoothies, baking, or even stir it into your oatmeal for added texture and nutrition.
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Quinoa milk is a nutritious and versatile plant-based milk that offers many health benefits. It is made from quinoa, a protein-rich seed that is naturally gluten-free. Quinoa milk contains protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats like omega-3s. It has a creamy, mild flavor that works well in both savory and sweet applications.

Some key benefits of quinoa milk include improved gut health thanks to its high fiber content, balanced blood sugar levels due to its low glycemic index, and lower cholesterol. It is also a good source of essential nutrients like manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

The high protein and fiber keeps you feeling full and satisfied, while the vitamins and minerals provide sustained energy. Quinoa milk is also vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free, making it a great option for those with allergies or dietary restrictions. It can be used as a milk substitute in cereal, smoothies, baked goods, etc. For optimal nutrition and flavor, it’s best to make your own homemade quinoa milk using soaked quinoa, water, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.

Hi! I'm Nazia of ‘Nazia Cooks’, a self-taught baker and cook residing in Chennai. Rooted in the rich South Indian culinary landscape, my palate has expanded to embrace global flavors. I revel in crafting fusion dishes, melding traditions to birth unique tastes.
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