Nut milks are my favorite plant milks, but this homemade quinoa milk has an amazing taste and also has less amount of fat. It's similar to oat milk, although you can make it with raw oats and in this case you need to cook the quinoa first.
The only two necessary ingredients here are these: water and quinoa. I've also added ground cinnamon and dates because this way the milk tastes better, but it's optional and you can add other ingredients like cocoa powder or any sweetener you want. I usually use dates to make plant milks because is not as expensive as other sweeteners and it's really healthy.
This quinoa milk is a great cow's milk alternative and kids love it, especially with cocoa powder, but avoid store bought cocoa drinks, they are full of sugar an another unhealthy ingredients. Carob powder is a better choice, but if you can't find it use unsweetened cocoa powder.
Some people make this milk using raw quinoa, but quinoa has a coating of saponins, so you need to wash it very well before using it and it's better to cook it instead of using it raw.
To make the quinoa milk I've used a plant milk maker called Chufamix, it's super easy to use and so useful. Anyways, you don't need it to make this recipe, you can use a blender and a strainer to remove the pulp, but if your blender is very powerful, you don’t need to strain the milk. To strain it, you can use a strainer, a napkin or a cheesecloth, you choose.
Quinoa is an excellent source of protein and contains the eight essential amino acids, so it’s a perfect food for vegans and vegetarians. It’s gluten-free, has a low glycemic index, it’s also high in fiber, it regulates cholesterol levels, prevent constipation and it’s rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6), potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamins B and E. Awesome!
If you prefer a thicker, tastier homemade quinoa milk you can add more quinoa, if you prefer a quinoa milk lower in calories you can add less. Make your own plant milks at home, it's super easy and they taste much better.
Homemade Quinoa Milk
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 3 cups water
- 4 dates
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
- Blend the quinoa with the water until well blended and almost smooth.
- Strain the blended quinoa mixture using a cheesecloth or a strainer.
- Pour the quinoa milk in a blender and blend with the dates and cinnamon.
- Store the quinoa milk in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.
- Nutrition information has been calculated before straining the milk.
I want to make this to use as my milk for vegan yogurt but do you know if that means the vegan yogurt will also only be edible for 3-4 days or will it last longer?
Iosune Robles says
Hi! I'm not sure if it will last longer, sorry!
Brittney Gearheard says
Yogurt is in a fermented state, essentially, which lengthens the preservation time. Typical yogurts, vegan or not, are generally good for up to two weeks in the fridge. More or less with yogurt... if it doesn't have mold... or smell putrid... it's still "edible"
As far as the general blog... how are you calculating the nutrition facts? I'm interested in trying this for my son but the fat content might be too low. The carbohydrates are right on par with cow's milk.. and the protein is acceptable per serving for a toddler who requires 12 g of protein a day.... but the fat is very low.
Hi Brittney! I made the recipe several years ago and honestly I don't remember how I calculated it, so I've updated the nutritional info and now it's before straining the milk. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Did you use the quinoa milk to make latte or can it be frothed? Thanks
Iosune Robles says
Hi! Feel free to use quinoa milk to make latte 🙂
Tealinh Home says
I just receive my Pot Ace yesterday.
And today I try the first batch of Quinoa milk.
I add a little ground cinammon 1 tsp and 1 tsp honey.
And I choose Nut/Oat Milk program.
But seemly there is something wrong.
Result is :
Appearance is so good
But smelt is strange and taste bitter. Why?
Need advice please.
PS: I used pre-washed quinoa Kirkland without pre-cooking
Hi Tealinh! I'm so sorry, but I've never used a Pot Ace. Just try to follow the recipe to a T. Have a nice day!
Did you mean to take 1 cup Uncooked quinoa, cook it according to package directions; then blend all the cooked quinoa with 3 cups water?
Hi Harper! Just blend 1 cup of cooked quinoa and blend it with all the remaining ingredients 🙂
Tammy Travis says
Have you tried making yogurt with this? I know soy doesnt usually require thickeners since its higher protein than almond, But i prefer not to use soy.
I have tried making yogurt with quinoa milk and it didn't thicken.
Hi Kate! Soy milk is the best for making yogurt, but coconut milk is also great 🙂
Hi Tammy! No, I haven't, sorry!
Dean Panicker says
Hey Iosune, this idea is massive , I’m going to try this right away. Very well explained and thank you so much for sharing..
Hi Dean! You're so welcome 🙂 Hope you like it!
Cynthia G. says
I got somewhere and didn’t have milk, but had quinoa. I looked up quinoa milk and found this recipe. It worked great! Thank you. You saved me. I must confess, I added a smidge of nutmeg with the cinnamon; it was a nice addition, but I love the taste of nutmeg. I have a ginger spice blend I may try next time. Thanks again. Your recipe is a definite keeper!
Hi Cynthia! Sounds greast 🙂 SO glad you liked it!
hey iosune! wanted to know after straining this, is it the same nutritional values meaning how many calories carbs, fat and protein its left after straining! it sucks that every where i look for recipes no one really puts the info that way i know how many calories my child is getting since i don't want to give her any store bought cows milk or nut milk, id been trying to perfect hemp milk since it has all the nutrients and i started mixing the hemp with quinoa. like does the quinoa milk when blending keeps all the nutrients in the liquid? in the back of my quinoa milk it says 1/2 cup dried 7 grams of protein, 35 carbs 4 in fiber and 160 calories. what you think?
Hi Sanny! It's really difficult to know the nutritional information of this recipe because you discard the pulp. I think it's not important, as long as you're eating healthy food until you're satisfied, the calories are not important 🙂