Quinoa Flour

Let’s talk about quinoa flour. It’s an amazing gluten-free flour that packs all the nutrients of regular quinoa seed -- high protein content, low fat, and low carbs.

You have a few options for getting your hands on this stuff -- you can buy it or make it yourself. We talk about this below.

We even have a few recipes you can try.

And if you have some left over we can even help you figure out how to store your flour so you can use it again.

So keep reading for all the flour-y details!

Making quinoa flour

So, let’s talk about how to make this wonderful gluten-free flour.

It’s really easy. Our family just puts as much into a coffee grinder as can fit. Then we grind it up. See? I told you it was easy!

Other sites say that you have to rinse the quinoa before grinding it. Why? Because of the bitter saponins.

Now, it’s a good idea to rinse the quinoa for sure -- but not because of the saponins. Most -- if not all of it -- has been rinsed off before it makes it’s way to your kitchen table. If you want details, check out our quinoa saponins page.

So, feel free to rinse your quinoa before making it flour. But it’s not mandatory.

I’ve seen other folks recommend toasting your quinoa before grinding it. I think that’s a really interesting idea. But -- just like rinsing -- it’s not necessary.

If you want to keep things simple just follow our advice here -- take some quinoa seed and grind it in a coffee grinder. That’s all.

And even though this is easy, maybe you’re wondering why you’d even want to do it. Let’s talk about that...

Why would you want to make quinoa flour?

Quinoa flour is getting more and more popular. You’re sure to find it in any major grocery store these days. Why go through the hassle of making it yourself?

The last time we bought flour made of quinoa it weighed 1.81 pounds and cost $3.09. This was at a backroads Amish country store in Wisconsin. And it was an exceptional deal -- about $1.70 per pound of flour.

However this was a rare find. A typical Bob’s Red Mill bag of flour weighs about 22 ounces and sells for almost $10.00. That’s over $7.00 per pound! For most people that’s way too much to spend on flour.

But here’s the secret! You can make this flour yourself for almost half the price. You could buy a bag of bulk quinoa -- if you’re a hard-core quinoa lover like us -- for about $100.00 for a 25-pound bag. (Click to find out how to get a good deal on bulk quinoa.) That’s a mere $4.00 per pound. Much better than $7.00!

So -- let me ask again -- why would you make it instead of buying it? Answer? To save money -- that’s why!

On the other hand… Why would you buy it instead of making it yourself? Convenience, basically.

The choice is yours. But at least now you know how to make the flour yourself. That’s right -- you have flour power, my friend!

So use that power for good and not evil. Make some recipes with quinoa-derived flour...

Quinoa flour recipes

We have two recipes we’d like to share with you that use flour made exclusively from quinoa.

The first is our ever-popular quinoa cookies recipe (click for the recipe). It’s gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. But I tell you -- it’s delicious! And many would agree. It’s one of our most-visited recipes on this site. So check it out!

Here’s the second recipe we think you’ll enjoy. It’s our quinoa pancakes recipe (click for the recipe). I admit -- the picture on that page looks pretty gross. I’m sorry, Jim -- I’m a quinoa connoisseur, not a photographer (excuse the cleaned-up Star Trek reference)! At any rate, ignore the picture and focus on the recipe. It too is very delicious and has won a following with our kids.

Now you’re wondering… what do I do with the leftover flour after I make these recipes? Good question. Let’s talk about how to store this flour...

Quinoa flour storage

Storing quinoa flour is just as easy as making or buying it. You simply need to seal it up and store it in a cool dry place.

Our family stores our bags of flour in our chest freezer down in the basement. This keeps it cool and fresh while also allowing us to use our normal freezer for all the frozen veggies we buy every week.

Alright, maybe you read our section above about making your own quinoa flour. But maybe it frightens you. You’re all for saving money, but you err on the side of convenience.

No problem -- that’s why we’re now going to talk about buying flour made of quinoa...

Buying quinoa flour

In this modern digital world you always have two options for buying stuff...

First, you can go to a physical store. Like we said already -- we found a really good deal on quinoa flour at a backwoods Amish country store. But if you’re a city-slicker -- like we actually are, despite going to the Amish store -- you’re probably going to have to pay higher prices.

Your second and most convenient option is to buy your flour online. We’ve set up a little virtual store below. You should be able to find some good deals on buying flour made from quinoa.

Isn’t convenience a beautiful thing?

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