HOMEMADE QUINOA FLOUR
Some of us have learned how to navigate the health foods section in the grocery store.
Most of us haven’t. Most of us walk in, feel confused, turn around, and walk out.
Brands we don’t recognize. Weird product names. High prices.
How do you even pronounce quinoa? Wait, cacao and cocoa are different?
Luckily, we can always get creative in the comfort of our own home. And it usually saves money.
Quinoa flour is something that’s easy to make at home and can be pricey at the grocery store.
(If you do a lot of baking and you enjoy this recipe, I’d consider buying bulk quinoa because you will save lots of money.)
But first, what’s so great about using quinoa flour?
- It's made out of quinoa, and quinoa is a superfood.
- It adds fiber to your diet.
- It’s a great source of lots of vitamins and minerals.
- One cup has 16 grams of protein.
- It’s naturally gluten free.
- When mixed with guar gum, you can substitute it for any regular flour and it’ll act just the same. (Guar gum helps with binding. Use 1 teaspoon per cup of flour. You can also trade guar gum for xanthan gum [some people have tummy issues with xanthan gum so be careful!], psyllium husks, ground chia seeds, or ground flaxseeds.)
Here’s how to make it at home:
1. Optional: Soak 2 cups of quinoa in a bowl overnight. (I soak all of my grains, legumes, nuts and seeds because it releases phytic acid that can prevent us from absorbing nutrients, and helps with digestion.)
2. The next day, rinse quinoa through a mesh sieve. (Rinsing removes quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy.)
3. Shake off excess water and spread on an un-greased baking sheet.
4. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes until dry and golden. (Toasting the quinoa gets rid of any remaining bitterness and gives it a nutty flavor that is perfect for baked goods.)
5. Once cooled, place the cooked quinoa (as much as you can at a time without overloading your grinder) into your flour grinder of choice. I use a real flour grinder (totally worth the investment) but if you don’t own one, you can use a spice grinder, a high quality coffee grinder, or probably even a powered blender.
I always make extra and store it in the freezer :). Enjoy!