Make your own quinoa milk?? You’re probably thinking I’ve lost it, but hold on, it’s really good!
A few weeks ago I was lamenting to one of my health foodie friends about how ever since I found out I was pregnant I haven’t been the best about sticking with a healthy diet. It’s a shame really. You’d think that during pregnancy I’d have more motivation that ever to be healthy but unfortunately, I’ve been slacking big time!
She recommended that I give quinoa milk a try, since regular milk had been less than agreeable with my tummy. My favorite non dairy milk has always been coconut milk but since quinoa is high in protein and has other great nutrients perfect for baby, I decided to give it a try.
One of the great things about quinoa milk is that you don’t have to go through the trouble of straining it, like you would with coconut or almond milk especially. The cooked quinoa is soft and fluffy and blends up nicely. Then you’re also not straining out any nutrition.
I used the quinoa milk in a delicious breakfast shake and it kept my blood sugar balanced and my stomach full until lunchtime, which, for a pregnant woman, is wonderful!
To make the quinoa milk you just cook a small amount of quinoa according to package directions. I recommend rinsing it first because it removes a bitter coating from the grain-like seed.
Once rinsed, cook, generally it’s about 1/2 c. quinoa to 1 1/2 cups water, but check the package just to make sure!
Once it’s cooked let it cool in the fridge. You could even make this the night before. Once cooled place 1 c. of cooked quinoa into a blender, I use a Vitamix. Add 2 cups cold water and blend on high. Continue to add water to desired consistency. I added a total of 4 cups of water. Once blended pour into a mason jar to store for 7-10 days.
I didn’t strain any of the blended quinoa. It blends quite nicely. If you’d like a thinner, more smooth texture you certainly could use a nut milk bag to strain but I like knowing I’m getting the added nutrition and that I way I also don’t have to clean the nut milk bag!
- 1 c. cooked quinoa
- 2-4 c. cold water
- 1 t. vanilla (optional)
- Place cooked quinoa and water and vanilla into a blender and blend on high until smooth. It only takes about 1 minute.
- Pour into a mason jar and store in fridge up to 10 days.
- Use in smoothies!
There you go! Now you can make your own quinoa milk! I’ve made cashew, coconut, almond and now quinoa. What is your favorite type of non dairy milk to make at home? Let us know in the comments below!