How To Make Quinoa Milk…Packed With Protein & Allergen-Free!

If you don’t consume dairy foods, are looking to reduce your dairy intake or are lactose intolerant like me, you’ve probably already explored the world of dairy-free milks.

The most common healthy alternatives are almond milk, coconut milk and hemp milk. Unfortunately, when they are commercially produced, these milks include health-sabotaging ingredients like syrups for sweetening and carrageenan for thickening. That’s why I highly recommend making your own.

I know, I know. There aren’t enough hours in the day as it is. But making non-dairy milks yourself is actually quite simple, since they only require a couple ingredients and a blender.

Let’s take a look at one of the simplest DIY options of all…


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Quinoa milk needs to get more attention as an ideal non-dairy option. Here’s why:

  • It is a nutrition powerhouse that’s LOADED with plant-based protein, fiber, antioxidants and important minerals like magnesium and iron.
  • It is UNBELIEVABLY easy and inexpensive to make using just 2 ingredients: quinoa and water.
  • It is TOTALLY void of common allergens like nuts, lactose and gluten.

And yes, it tastes delicious! If I had to compare it to the flavor of another milk, I’d say it tastes the most like almond milk.


Before I get into the super simple recipe for DIY quinoa milk, let’s cover some quick facts about quinoa:

  1. It is pronounced “KEEN-wah.”
  2. Though it’s commonly referred to as a grain, it’s actually a seed.
  3. It is totally gluten free.
  4. There are 3 main types of quinoa: white, red and black. (We’ll be using white for this milk recipe.)
  5. It is non-GMO and almost always grown organically. (Wouldn’t it be great if this was the case for all harvested foods?!)
  6. It is super easy to prepare. Just bring 1 cup of dry quinoa to 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan, cover it, turn off the heat and let it sit until all the water is totally absorbed and the quinoa is full and fluffy.
  7. One cup of dry quinoa quadruples when it’s cooked, making about 4 cups of cooked goodness.


~ Yields 1 liter (just over 33 ounces) of milk ~

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  • 1 Cup of Cooked Quinoa
  • 2 Cups of Filtered Water for the Base
  • Up to 6 Additional Cups of Filtered Water to Achieve the Desired Consistency
  • Optional Flavoring: 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon, 1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract or 1 Teaspoon of Raw Honey 


  1. Add the cooked quinoa and 2 cups of water to your blender. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined. (I highly recommend investing in a high-powered blender like a Blendtec for optimal blending performance, which will make recipes like this a snap!)
  2. Add an additional cup of water at a time and blend until you’re happy with the consistency. If you want the milk to be thin like store-bought milk, you’ll add up to 6 additional cups of water.
  3. If you’re using a high-powered blender like a Blendtec, you can skip this step. If not: Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth like this to strain the milk into a glass bowl.
  4. If desired, add the cinnamon, vanilla extract or raw honey for flavoring and stir.
  5. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container. (I love this glass pitcher with a hermetically sealed lid!) The milk should keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.

As with any other milk, you can drink quinoa milk on its own or add it to smoothies, oatmeal, baking recipes, etc.


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Cheers to enjoying this super simple and healthy milk made with your own two hands!

With love and gratitude,


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