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.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (240 grams)
- 3 cups water (750 milliliters)
- 4 dates
- 1/4 tsp 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.