Quinoa Flour Recipes

Beth Asaff
Quinoa pancakes
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Quinoa flour is a high-protein, gluten-free replacement for traditional flours in things like breads, cakes and pancakes. It lends a light, nutty flavor to the things you cook, while adding high nutritional content. Print out these three recipes and give quinoa flour a try. If you need help downloading the printable recipes, check out these helpful tips.

Quinoa Pancakes

These light, fluffy pancakes cook up quickly and are a great substitute for wheat pancakes. The recipe makes nine, five-inch pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter (plus more for cooking)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups milk

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the quinoa flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Separate the egg, mixing the yolk with the butter, milk and honey. Set the yolk mixture aside.
  3. Beat the egg white with a mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
  4. Combine the yolk mixture and the flour mixture in a large bowl.
  5. Gently fold in the egg white; do not overmix.
  6. Heat some butter in a skillet and drop the pancake batter 1/4 cup at a time.
  7. Wait until air bubbles begin to form on the pancake, flip and cook for two more minutes.
  8. Keep stacked on a plate in a warm oven until ready to eat.
  9. Serve with butter and syrup.

Quinoa Cinnamon Bread

This bread can be sliced for French toast, used in bread pudding or eaten plain. The recipe makes one loaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup, plus six teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg, plus one egg white
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Combine the chia seeds with six teaspoons of water. Set aside.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter and mix with the eggs, milk, most of the water and wet chia seeds.
  4. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, while mixing on low. The dough should be the consistency of cake batter; keep adding water until you achieve this state.
  5. Beat on high for three and one half minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture into a bread pan.
  7. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  9. Cover the top with aluminum foil and bake for 10 more minutes.
  10. Let cool completely.

Quinoa Sponge Cake

This basic cake recipe can be the base of numerous desserts including Princess Cake, Strawberry Shortcake and more. The recipe makes one 8-1/2-inch cake.

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8-1/2-inch spring form pan and dust with quinoa flour.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar together until fluffy.
  4. Fold in both types of flour until well combined. Do this gently so the foam of the eggs does not get flattened.
  5. Pour the batter into the spring form pan and bake for one to one and a half hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool before removing the spring form sides.

Using Quinoa Flour

Quinoa has a naturally bitter saponin that surrounds each seed to help prevent prey from eating it. This must be removed before the flour is created to prevent a bitter tasting dish. Therefore, always purchase, rather than make the flour at home by grinding the quinoa seeds. If you are using quinoa flour due to a gluten allergy or intolerance, always make sure that the flour you purchase was made in a dedicated gluten-free factory or specifically says "Gluten-Free" on the label to prevent potential cross contamination.

Baking With Quinoa Flour

Quinoa flour can be used in the place of other, non-gluten flours in any recipe to increase its nutritional content or add extra flavor. Because it is gluten-free, it requires a "binder" of some kind to help the baked goods stick together. This may include the following:

  • Eggs
  • Chia seeds
  • Xanthan gum
  • Gum Arabic
  • Guar gum

If you are replacing wheat flour with quinoa flour cup for cup, make sure to add at least 1/4 teaspoon of one or more of these binders to help your baked goods turn out.

Give Quinoa Flour a Try

Quinoa has been used for its nutritional content and taste for centuries in many cultures. Today, many people are finding it a delicious alternative to wheat flours in many dishes. Give these recipes containing quinoa flour a try and see what you may have been missing.

Quinoa Flour Recipes