Homemade quinoa milk is a delicious alternative to dairy that is also great for nursing mothers boost milk supply.
Have you ever tried quinoa milk? Despite the growing variety of alternative milks available, it is not something I’ve ever seen at the store (though I have seen one brand of it online).
As I mentioned in my oat milk post I’m not a huge fan of nut milks. Especially for young kids and nursing moms.
My first choice is always fresh, raw milk from cows or goats. Unfortunately a dairy intolerance is very common for small babies. Which means mom needs an alternative.
Coconut milk is a great choice for cooking, baking and adding a splash to tea. But it’s not something most people will drink plain in large quantities. Plus it can also be hard on babies since it can be gassy and even cause reflux.
Enter quinoa milk! It has a very mild flavor – similar to rice milk. It is also very easy to make and very cost effective. One quarter cup of quinoa can make up to six cups of milk!
The best thing about quinoa milk is that it is great for boosting milk supply. If you tolerate quinoa and are a nursing mother I encourage you to include quinoa in your diet. Even if you can have dairy this is a great alternative milk to have in your diet for variety and nutrition.
Unlike other alternative milks quinoa milk has quite a bit of protein. You can add both calcium and vitamin D when you make it to boost nutrition even more.
Quinoa milk is not heavy like nut milks. It has a very neutral flavor. It works well for cooking and baking. Plus it is great for boosting milk supply!
Need some variety in your diet? Or are you just looking for an alternative to dairy? Give quinoa milk a try.
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- warm water
- 5 cups water
- 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar, cane sugar, honey or maple syrup OR 3 dates (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt (optional)
- Vitamin D drops (optional)
- calcium powder (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. whey (optional)
- Place the quinoa and lemon juice in a bowl. Cover with warm water (quantity does not matter, as long as it's covered)
- Let soak for 24 hours.
- Drain and rinse the quinoa.
- Combine the quinoa and 5 cups water in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
- If using dates as a sweetener add them to the pan during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- Pour the quinoa and water into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add sweetener (if desired/if not using dates) and sea salt. Blend.
- Pour into a serving container.
- Add vitamin D and calcium if desired.
- Shake before serving.
- Pour the blended mixture into a container.
- Add salt and whey.
- Cover and let sit at room temperature for 3 days.
- Add sweetener and vitamin D/calcium and refrigerate.
- Shake before serving.
- You can add 1 tsp. of pure vanilla to the pureed mixture for vanilla quinoa milk.
- If the milk is too thick for your taste it can be diluted with extra water or it can be strained.
- This should not be used for children under one year of age.
- This makes a great dairy alternative for both kids and adults.
- This recipe can easily be doubled.
- This recipe makes about 5 cups of milk. It can be increased by adding extra water.
What a lovely idea for nursing mamas. Thanks for sharing this with us at Savoring Saturdays linky party! Hope you’ll join us again.
Thank you for the recipe. I am wondering what the purpose of adding the lemon and rinsing the quinoa is.
The lemon juice is an acid that helps reduce the phytic acid. The rinsing gets any bitter outer coating off the quinoa. I hope you enjoy it!
That’s great that the flavors are neutral! I wouldn’t have thought that! I’m glad you found something you can use!