How to Make Quinoa Flour

Gluten-free baking requires a little bit of creativity, and a lot of substitutions. Sometimes, those can be pretty pricey! A better option is to buy dry ingredients in bulk and then use them to make your own flours and flour mixtures. Simply take your grain (quinoa, oats, brown rice, etc.) and blend for 2 minutes or so in a high-speed food processor. This should give you a nice, granular flour. For even better quinoa flour, try these simple instructions.

1. Measure out 2 cups of quinoa.


2. Toast the quinoa in a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


3. Quinoa will make a light popping sound when the toasting begins. You want this sound for about a minute or two.


4. Let quinoa cool.

5. Add to a food processor and blend on high until you get a fine flour.


6. This can’t be used as a 1:1 flour substitute, but makes a great addition to flour mixes or in addition to other flour substitutes.

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  • 1. Gluten-free Baking « homemadeadventure  |  June 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

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  • 3. Vanessa  |  March 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Do you need to toast the quinoa or can you just blend it to make the flour skipping that part?

    • 4. homemadeadventure  |  March 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Toasting it gives it a richer flavor and also helps make it dry enough to process well. You can try it without roasting it though, I just haven’t!

      • 5. Carrie Gibson  |  August 28, 2016 at 1:37 am

        I blend it without rinsing or toasting it. My daughter has a g-tube (feeding tube) and I make her smoothies daily.

    • 6. hMh  |  February 21, 2017 at 1:10 am

      Supposed to remove the bitterness as well… my muffins were inedible when I didn’t know the whole grain has a bitter taste… it definitely helped

  • 7. Lydia Absar  |  April 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    how would you use this in addition to rice flour or the like? Half and Half?

    • 8. homemadeadventure  |  May 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I think half and half should work. You can play around with the substitutions, which I have not done much of, too be honest. Let me know what you learn!

  • 9. Momie  |  May 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I have a Cuisinart 12 cup food processor. Would it work or do I need something else?

    • 10. homemadeadventure  |  May 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

      That will work! Just make sure the quinoa is dry and you keep an eye on it!

  • 11. Crystal  |  May 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    2 cups dry quinoa makes how much flour?

    • 12. homemadeadventure  |  May 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

      If I recall, it made between 2 – 2 1/2 cups. I don’t recall measuring exactly though!

  • 13. Allergy Friendly Family  |  May 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    This worked great. Hope its ok to share your link on my blog

  • 15. Sammie Hunter  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Most raw quinoa says to rinse before using. What about the need to rinse quinoa before making flour? Just curious. I really want to try this, because quinoa flour is expensive, I use a lot of quinoa flour.

    • 16. homemadeadventure  |  August 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      You can rinse, and the toasting step should take out all of the extra moisture, just make sure to drain it really well!

    • 17. Lee  |  September 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Sammie Hunter,

      Tapioca flour is a cheaper wheat- & gluten-free option.

      Also, try buckwheat flakes for porridge.

      • 18. Sheri  |  February 27, 2015 at 11:38 pm

        Tapioca doesn’t have as much protein. It’s more starchy and clogs me up.

  • 19. Susan  |  September 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Do you rinse the quinoa first?

    • 20. Susan  |  September 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Sorry, just saw you answered that. Can you get away without rinsing it or does it need to be rinsed if the package says so?

      • 21. Elena  |  October 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

        Susan, the rinsing and toasting do the same thing: removing the outer saponins on the shell of the seed. The saponins are what give quinoa the bitter taste, when they aren’t removed. So the rinsing is an unnesscessary step, and might cause you to actually “cook” your quinoa, which I imagine would make it harder to process into a flour.

        When making quinoa for any recipe, you can toast it dry or with a little oil for a minute or so first; with oil makes it cook up clump-free, more like a rice pilaf.

        • 22. Shane  |  September 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

          That is exactly what I needed to hear!.
          Great question. I’m trying half red quinoa half bread flour for some ramen noodles and pot stickers;)
          Thanks Ladies!

  • 23. Garrett I. Barlow  |  October 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    hmm, very cool

  • 24. Ann  |  November 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Love this idea..does quinoa flour need to be refrigerated? You know how some flours will go rancid if not refrigerated.

    • 25. homemadeadventure  |  November 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I am not actually sure. I didn’t refrigerate mine and it was fine, but I also made a small-ish batch that was used up relatively quickly!

  • 26. Ann  |  November 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks I’ll just make small amounts too.

    • 27. happydemic  |  November 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Quinoa flour keeps for about 3 months if it is carefully sealed and kept in a cool dry place, or it can be stored for 6 months in the freezer. The relatively high fat content of quinoa flour means it will go rancid quickly if exposed to the air.

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  • 29. CowboyMan  |  March 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for all the posts here. Just needed to know if my Cuisinart was up to the job of flouring my bag of Quinoa. Off to the kitchen.

  • 30. Carolina  |  March 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! My husband has just been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and I’m excited to try the Quinoa flour. (=

    • 31. homemadeadventure  |  April 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      hope it works well for you! in order to get a smooth flour, you will need to have very dry quinoa and process it for a long time. enjoy exploring gluten free baking!

  • 32. Carolina  |  April 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you! I have a Vitamix and I already tried it and it worked like a champ!! :)

  • 33. Sara  |  April 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I really want to have GF flour on hand for those special occasions but don’t want to shell out a hefty price for it. I have quinoa and oats and rice. If I wanted to make a sweet bread with this flour, how much quinoa flour do I need to make a 1:1 substitution? Do I need to mix it with other grains to make the 1:1? Sorry, a total newbie and I just got my vitamix and LOVE it!

    • 34. homemadeadventure  |  April 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Volume wise, you can substitute 1:1, but this doesn’t work with all recipes since the gluten is not there to absorb water and form a network. In many pre-mixed gluten free baking flours, there is added xantham gum. I am not sure exactly how to do this for breads, but I am sure there a Google search would help to answer this!

  • 35. cancergal  |  April 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Do I need to rinse the quinoa before toasting it?

    • 36. homemadeadventure  |  April 27, 2013 at 8:00 am

      The toasting does the same thing as rinsing as far as I understand!

  • 37. Sharman  |  May 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I plan to rinse it, so do I need to dry it in the oven before grinding it into flour?

    • 38. homemadeadventure  |  May 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

      I found that toasting it allows it to better grind into a flour. If it is wet, it will clump as you grind it.

  • 39. Arlene  |  May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Will a blender suffice? I don’t own a food processor.

    • 40. homemadeadventure  |  May 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I have never tried it in a blender. It might take longer, but is worth a try!

    • 41. Siena Alexander  |  November 9, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      I grind the quinoa in a coffee grinder, half a cup at a time.

  • 42. Nicole  |  July 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I am making a gluten free shake and bake. It calls for one cup rice flour. I don’t have rice flour so would one cup of this work without mixing it with other flours? the mixture is just flour and spices.

    • 43. Sandra  |  August 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      You may make your own rice flour in your food prosser just like the ouinoa

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  • 45. Jeff  |  September 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Anybody know if it’s harmful to add quinoa flour to my whey protein and just drink it?

    • 46. homemadeadventure  |  November 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      If you get high quality, organic quinoa and toast it well first before making it into flour, I think it should be OK.

  • 47. Nancy  |  October 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Suppose I want to sub quinoa flakes, could I just whirl it a couple times in the processor then use it in my recipe?

    • 48. homemadeadventure  |  November 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I have never personally worked with quinoa flakes, but its always worth an experiment!

  • 49. Debbie  |  January 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    if i wanted to put the quinoa in the oven instead of stovetop would that work too?

    • 50. homemadeadventure  |  April 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I think it should!

    • 51. hMh  |  February 21, 2017 at 1:15 am

      That’s how I do it! 2 1/2 to 3 hours at 215°F only a quarter inch deep on parchment lined cookie sheet and give it a stir halfway through ….check at the 1 1/2hr. Mark because of oven differences, very low heat.

  • 52. Lea  |  January 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    How do you go about making qunioa flour with the quinoa that DOES NOT state if it is pre-washed. I called Natural Grocers and asked if it is pre-washed and he told me i need to wash it. This quinoa is from there bulk department. Please help me.

    • 53. homemadeadventure  |  April 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I am not certain, but I believe the toasting will help to dry the flour out after toasting.

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  • 57. Pamela S  |  March 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering how to make quinoa flour.

  • 58. Barbara  |  March 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Double Toasting? As Opt. 1 linked to this page, the instxns above mention to toast quinoa before blending into flour. The link that came to this page, then shows below opt. 1&2, to toast flour before using. So are we supposed to toast grain before blending, and then toast flour as well??

    • 59. homemadeadventure  |  April 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      I only toasted the quinoa before making it into flour. Sorry for any confusion!

  • 60. nat  |  March 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Can i use quinoa flour instead of bread crumbs in a quiche?

  • 61. nat  |  March 21, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Can i use quinoa flour in a quiche in place of regular flour?

    • 62. homemadeadventure  |  April 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Sorry for my slow response! I have not tried this specific substitution but do know that when using a gluten free flour the result is much more crumbly.

  • 63. Tammy  |  June 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Can your recipe for quinoa flour be used to make Nestle toll house chocolate chip cookies? Is the ratio 1:1 for all-purpose flour in a cookie recipe? Do I need to add any ingredients?

    • 64. homemadeadventure  |  June 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I have not tried this but I do not think this can replace regular flour 1:1 in baking. You often need to add xantham gum and other replacements in gluten free flours.

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  • 70. Ericka  |  August 9, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Why when quinoa is not toasted (which I just learned) tastes bitter? Would it be because it has that dusty soapy layer that it can be destroyed when toasted? Thank you

    • 71. Bets  |  July 7, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Rinsing & Toasting to the same thing: removes the outer saponins on the shell of the seed. The saponins are what give quinoa the bitter taste, when they aren’t removed.

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    Thanks for this! Using it to make a cookie recipe for a friend and have several friends who are gluten intolerant so it will come in handy.

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    Question…….usually you soak quinoa before cooking to get rid of the bitter…will this flour taste strong and bitter like it does if you don’t soak it? Thanks.

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    Tried this in my new cuisinart and it would NOT grind it to flour no matter how long I blended it? Luckily I have a coffee grinder I use for flax so I transferred it in tiny batches to that and now have my flour. Not sure why it worked in your cuisinart and not mine….

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    BEWARE: Just tried this using a NutriBullet. I didn’t allow the quinoa to cool. When I opened the flask after blending it created a good sized explosion, enough to cover my entire kitchen (and self) in quinoa flour!
    Seems to have done the trick though!

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    I used untoasted quinoa and ground it in my nutribullet using the grinder attachment. I then added milk and an egg to make great thin crepes, which I filled with a savoury filling. A little thicker batter would produce a great wrap as they hold their shape for any manner of filling

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    I’ve been doing this today, and would just like to encourage other people that you need to leave the food processor running for a long time. I was slightly losing the will to live over it, and then checked the mixer one more time and saw that the grains were just finally beginning to turn into a sort of dust. It’s still coming on, and the toasting process smelt amazing!

    • 87. Maggie  |  January 1, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Try using a Blendtec blender it turns everything to flour in seconds – sunflower seeds, rice, etc

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    Thanks for this. I made a gluten free bread using quinoa, sunflower, rice & buckwheat flours all ground in my Blendtec blender – Yummy

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    hi.i want to make quinoa u think ts necessary to soak it and then dry it to make it fluffier or it doesnt matter?i read that white rice needs soaking to make it lighter and fluffy so i thought maybe quinoa needs too?and also if i rinse and dry it without toasting will taste be bad?

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  • 95. Danielle Thornington  |  June 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Toasting quinoa, will it remove the saponin? Or do you need to first wash it to remove the saponin then dry it before toasting it.

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      okay after researching this a bit more, I found that you wash the quinoa first then put into the oven on a cookie sheet n bake at 350F for 12 to 15 minutes until dry, slightly golden and fragrant. Then throw into the food processor to make flour.

    • 97. Bets  |  July 7, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Rinsing & Toasting to the same thing: removes the outer saponins on the shell of the seed. The saponins are what give quinoa the bitter taste, when they aren’t removed. So the rinsing is an unnesscessary step, and might cause you to actually “cook” your quinoa, which I imagine would make it harder to process into a flour.
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