Quinoa Milk

Quinoa milk is a healthy plant milk you can easily prepare in just 5 minutes using cooked quinoa. It's creamy, deliciously nutty, and low in calories, too!


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs11.1 g4%
of which Sugars3.3 g3.7%
Fibers1.2 g4.3%
Fats0.8 g1.2%
of which Saturates0.1 g0.4%
of which Omega 30 g3.9%
Proteins1.9 g4.1%
Calcium12 mg1.2%
Vitamin A1 mcg0.1%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Iron0.6 mg4.3%
Potassium83 mg2.4%
Sodium77 mg3.4%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal59 3%
Macro split
  • net carbs 74%
  • sugars 22%
  • fats 5%
  • saturates 1%
  • proteins 12%
  • fibers 8%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
59 per serving

Quinoa milk is a healthy, delicious dairy milk alternative perfect on its own or in sweet and savoury dishes. Let us show you how to make quinoa milk in just 5 minutes!

This quinoa milk recipe starts from cooked quinoa grains, which are blended with water, a little salt and sweetener until smooth and then strained.

The result is a creamy, silky quinoa drink that tastes nutty, earthy, and slightly bittersweet. Really unique!

Preparing plant milk with quinoa also makes a great way to finish up leftover quinoa you may have from a quinoa bowl or quinoa salad.

As the recipe uses only cooked quinoa and water, this homemade quinoa milk is lactose-free, soy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free. Good for everyone!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to cook quinoa for quinoa milk?

Yes, use cooked and cooled quinoa for homemade quinoa milk.

Using cooked quinoa gives you tastier quinoa milk with a smoother, creamier mouthfeel thanks to the cooked starches in the grains.

Also, cooked quinoa contains fewer saponins, an anti-nutrient that tastes very bitter. So, quinoa drink made from cooked quinoa will be less bitter and more flavourful.

Can you drink quinoa milk without straining?

We recommend straining quinoa milk for a better mouthfeel, but you don't have to do it.

As it's made from cooked quinoa, unfiltered quinoa milk is quite smooth and doesn't feel too grainy. It looks cloudier and has a stronger taste.

On the other hand, strained quinoa milk is silkier, lighter, and less slimy, and we feel that overall, it is more pleasant to drink.

Is quinoa milk thick and creamy?

As quinoa milk is made from cooked quinoa, the cooked starches give it thickness. So, quinoa milk feels creamier than other homemade plant-based drinks like almond milk.

However, compared to commercial quinoa drinks, homemade quinoa milk can feel a little watery, as no thickeners are added.

To make the quinoa milk thicker, you could try one of these healthy, natural options:

  • Blend in a banana (though it will affect the colour)

  • Stir in a tablespoon of flaxseeds

  • Add a one/half scoop of protein powder

Is quinoa milk healthy?

Homemade quinoa drink is a healthy plant milk that's low in fats and calories — perfect if you're trying to lose weight or reduce fat intake.

A 250 ml (1 cup) serving of unfiltered quinoa seed milk has about 60 kcal, which goes down to about 40 kcal if strained.

Compared to oat or almond milk, quinoa milk also has more proteins.

Also, our quinoa milk recipe has no added oils, emulsifiers, or thickeners, making it a good alternative for those who wish to avoid these ingredients.

However, homemade quinoa milk is not fortified with vitamin D, vitamin B12, and calcium like commercial ones, so consider supplementing with other foods.


Measuring System
Cooked Quinoa170 g
Filtered Water900 mL
Honey / Maple Syrup1 tbsp
Salt1/8 tsp

Step 1

To make quinoa milk, use cooked quinoa that's completely cooled down.

If you have to prepare quinoa from scratch for this recipe, the ratio of uncooked to cooked quinoa is approximately 1:3.

So, 60 g (2 oz) of dry quinoa will yield about 170 g (6 oz) of cooked quinoa.

You can find instructions and tips on how to cook quinoa perfectly here.

cooked quinoa in a pot

Step 2

Add the cooked quinoa to a food processor with half of the filtered water, honey/maple syrup and salt (1).

Blitz all for a minute until the quinoa milk is smooth and creamy, then pour in the remaining water and blend again (2).

quinoa in a blender with water for quinoa milk
quinoa blended with water for quinoa milk

Step 3

Now, strain the quinoa milk for a smoother mouthfeel and lighter flavour.

You can use a fine-mesh sieve or skimmer to filter out the quinoa pulp, collecting the quinoa milk into a bowl or jug (1).

Alternatively, line a jug or bowl with a nut milk bag (aka cheesecloth) or a thin, clean dish towel and pour the quinoa milk.

Then, close the bag (or fold the towel) and squeeze it very hard to collect as much quinoa milk as possible into the pitcher.

You should have very little quinoa pulp left in the bag (2).

quinoa pulp strained from quinoa milk
quinoa pulp strained from quinoa milk with a cheesecloth

Step 4

Your healthy quinoa milk is ready!

Transfer it to a clean, airtight bottle and refrigerate; it will stay fresh for 3-5 days.

This homemade quinoa milk has no added emulsifiers, so it tends to separate; give it a good shake or stir before using.

homemade quinoa milk in a glass


Alternative sweeteners

Instead of honey or maple syrup, you can use other ingredients to sweeten the quinoa milk:

  • Dried fruit — dates, sultanas, dried figs or prunes

  • No-sugar sweeteners like monk fruit, stevia, or erythritol

Optional add-ons

To make flavoured quinoa seed milk, try tip in one of the following ingredients:

  • Apple pie/pumpkin spice mix or chai spice mix

  • Superfoods matcha powder, spirulina, or acai berry powder

  • Cocoa powder or raw cacao

  • Frozen berries

Quinoa pulp recipe idea

You can use the quinoa pulp leftover from the strained quinoa milk to make gluten-free quinoa flatbreads. They're super easy, add a little oil and cook in a pan!

Quinoa milk calories

The nutritional data is for unstrained quinoa milk; filtered quinoa milk has about one-third fewer calories, so about 40 calories in 1 cup (250 ml).

How to store for longer

To store the quinoa milk for up to 7 days, transfer it into jars or bottles that have been properly sterilised — boiled in water for 3 minutes and left to dry out completely in a low oven.

Like this recipe?

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