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May 3, 2019

by Alyssa

How to Use Quinoa Flour for Baking and Cooking

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Learn how to use quinoa flour for baking and cooking. We talk about why quinoa flour is good for baking, how to make quinoa flour not taste bitter and more!

Learn how to use QUINOA FLOUR for baking and cooking

One of the things that really started my love of cooking was actually baking. I've always enjoyed it – as frustrating as it can be sometimes – and it's one of the things that relaxes me. When I first went gluten-free, I struggled to find my groove, but after lots of tests I think I've nailed it.

Today we're talking about one of my all-time favorite gluten-free flours: quinoa flour!

I use quinoa in my baking all the time – not just because of my brand name, but also because I genuinely love it. But since it's a little on the pricey side, I think a lot of people avoid it. So my goal with this post? To help you see a) how to use quinoa flour in your baking (and cooking) is and b) why it needs to be a staple flour in your pantry.

I also get a lot of questions about quinoa flour, so we're going to tackle all of those and then dive into some recipes!

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Blueberry Icing

Where Can You Buy Quinoa Flour?

This is the question I get most often. Quinoa flour can be hard to find, especially if you live in a place that doesn't have a lot of grocery stores or natural health markets. My favorite brand is Bob's Red Mill. I've been using their quinoa flour – and tons of other gluten-free flours – for over a decade and it's just the best.

Luckily, many stores in the US carry Bob's Red Mill products, but not all of them carry quinoa flour. So let's talk about the two best places to find quinoa flour!

Bob's Red Mill White Quinoa Flour1. At the supermarket.

When you're looking for quinoa flour in the supermarket, head to either the baking aisle or the Bob's Red Mill display area. The quinoa flour will be in a red bag with the words “quinoa flour” on the front!

2. Online.

If you can't find quinoa flour at your local grocery or health food store, as with most things you can always find it online. Depending on where you live, I recommend either shopping directly through the Bob's Red Mill site or looking on Amazon. The only problem with Amazon is that they don't always have the cheapest price. If you want consistent, standard pricing, definitely go through Bob's directly.

Bob's Red Mill is also sold on other online retailers like Thrive Market and Lucky Vitamin!

gluten-free baking with almond flour and quinoa flour

Is Quinoa Flour Good for Baking?

Short answer: yes! Quinoa flour is awesome for baking! The reason why I love using quinoa flour in my baking is two-fold: it's high in protein and high in fiber.

That means quinoa flour is especially great for gluten-free baking. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye and helps to provide structure. You know that stretchy pizza dough? That's the gluten doing its thing.

Because we don't have that protein in our gluten-free baking, we need other forms of protein or gums to achieve similar results. I don't love using gums, so I rely on high protein flours like quinoa flour. It helps to provide structure and rise to baked goods, while also adding protein and fiber on the nutrition side of things.

Quinoa Tortilla Recipe

Is Quinoa Flour Bitter?

For me, that depends on your taste buds. Quinoa flour can be quite bitter for some people. But for others – like myself – can't taste it at all. So my recommendation would be to make a small batch of something (like half a batch of these coconut oil chocolate chip cookies) and see how they taste to you.

If you do find that quinoa flour is bitter, there's an easy solution. Toast it!

Toasting quinoa is really easy and completely removes the bitter aftertaste. There are a few methods for toasting quinoa flour so make sure to check out the guide I've already created for you on the blog!

Is Quinoa Flour Healthy?

I would definitely categorize quinoa flour as healthy! Since I believe quinoa itself to be super healthy (here's more about the quinoa nutrition facts), it only makes sense the flour is health. Tho make it, they are essentially just milling whole quinoa and turning it into flour!

Not only is quinoa flour high in protein in comparison to other flours, but it's also got fiber, iron, and other trace minerals. Here's a quick comparison of quinoa flour vs. all-purpose flour:

Learn how to use QUINOA FLOUR for baking and cooking

Overall, quinoa flour is absolutely a great choice when it comes to baking!

How to Use Quinoa Flour

And now to the fun part: RECIPES! Just to show you how versatile of an ingredient quinoa flour is and the bajillion different ways you can use it, I've pulled together a bunch of my favorites.

We've got 11 different “categories” that show you exactly how to use quinoa flour in your baking and cooking. If you're new to quinoa flour, I can't wait to hear which way you try first!

1. Simple Pancakes & Waffles

savory zucchini breakfast waffles with hummus and poached eggs

Quinoa flour pancake & waffle recipes:


2. Easy Quinoa Cookies

Vegan and Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Quinoa flour cookie recipes to try:

3. Healthy Brownie Recipes

Vegan Quinoa Flour Brownies

Healthy brownie recipes with quinoa flour:

4. Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Best Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pizza Crust

Gluten-free pizza crust recipes to try:

5. Gluten-Free Bread

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Healthy quinoa flour bread recipes:


6. High Protein Breakfast Bars

Raspberry Protein Bar with Chocolate Chips

Easy high-protein breakfast bar recipes to try:

7. Healthy Savory Snacks & Sides

vegan quinoa broccoli tots dipped in ketchup

Healthy savory snacks & sides with quinoa flour:


8. Quinoa Crackers

Quinoa Flour Crackers

Easy quinoa crackers to try:


9. Healthy Muffins

Chai Spiced Quinoa Flour Muffins

Healthy quinoa flour muffin recipes to try:


10. Gluten-Free Crumble Toppings

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Recipes that use a gluten-free crumble topping:


11. To Thicken Soups & Sauces

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Healthy dinner recipes that use quinoa flour:


Do you use quinoa flour?

We'd love to know what kinds of recipes you like to make using quinoa flour! Feel free to drop them down in the comments below!

Learn how to use QUINOA FLOUR for baking and cooking

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  1. I was excited to find your blog. I am new to this. I have a lot of gut issues. I have tried to find some recipes, but quickly became overwhelmed. Can you recommend which recipes are your absolute favorites, so I can start there.

  2. Quinoa flour is available in many different varieties, from light to dark brown. The health benefits of quinoa flour are extremely promising. Quinoa flour can significantly reduce the risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

  3. Hello Alyssa,
    I baked a simple vanilla eggless cake couple of days ago using Quinoa flour, it tasted bitter and was pungent so while searching how to get that fixed I found your blog. I will try toasting it to get rid of the bitter taste, however will it also take away the pungent smell?
    Do we have to always toast this flour when we bake anything (sweet or savory)?
    Thank you.
    – Amrutha

    • I don’t always toast mine, but if you find it really bitter it might be a good idea. You can also toast a larger batch and keep it on hand. I find that stronger flavors — like chocolate— don’t need toasting but again, we all have different pallets!

  4. I had a recipe using quinoa flour and quinoa flakes for some muffins, and it was horrible. Then I discovered that one should toast the flour to make it less bitter. However, how about the flakes? I see that flakes are sometimes sold already toasted, but mine are not (mine are Natural Grocer brand), and smell just as bitter as the flour. And unlike flour, I haven’t been able to find any posts talking about how to toast them. Does one toast them in the same way as the flour? (I’m using your instructions above on a small amount needed for the same recipe.) Or does their different form require a different way or amount of time for toasting? This time I will probably just toast them in the same way but watch more carefully than the flour. But it would be great if someone could address this.
    Thanks for any advice on this!


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