Quinoa Flour -A Cut Above the Rest

Quinoa flour has been a delightful addition to my personal flour collection. It has become an experimental flour with a lot of my dishes! The Result: I LOVE IT!

Lately, because of my new favorite cookbook-365 Quinoa by Patricia Green- I have had the opportunity to create some fabulous dishes. Dishes that I have tried out on my friends and family with much success, I might add. Family and friends who don’t eat gluten free and have emptied their bowls and asked for seconds, to say the least. Now that is what I call flattery! 

What does it look like?

It has the consistency of brown rice flour. It actually reminds me of a toss between brown rice flour and very fine corn flour.

What does it taste like?

The taste is earthy just like the grain but it is surprisingly gentle in taste. As a matter of fact, when mixed with other ingredients, it blends in so well you don’t even realize that your not using your favorite all-purpose flour. Then again, I quite enjoy the taste of quinoa anything.

In several recipes, I have used quinoa flour as a main ingredient, as a thickener and as a substitute to other flours. And it worked well in all.

This is what I love about gluten free cooking. We have the opportunity to cook with ingredients that not only have the ability to taste fabulous, they are healthy for us as well.

Little nutritious tidbits:

This flour has much more protein than other flours which makes it great for using to make vegetarian meals. It is also full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which makes it that much more of a better choice above other flours. Quinoa nutrition is top of the line. That is what makes it a great choice.

Where can you buy it?

It is available at most supermarkets today. In the gluten free section is your best bet in finding it. If you live in the US and in some parts of Canada, Whole foods is a staple for hosting high quality gluten free items such as this wonderful treat.

In Canada, a great place to search for it is Bulk Barn. If you are concerned about cross contamination, please use your sound judgement before taking my advice and shopping there. I have not had a problem shopping for most of my gluten free items there, however, that may prove different for you.

Another fine option, which I like to take advantage of, is purchasing online. 

Buying bulk online will usually give you the most bang for your buck. Especially if you do a lot of cooking/baking.

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I hope that your experience with quinoa flour proves to be just as successful as mine. Feel free to share some of your favorite Quinoa recipes on my recipe contribution page.  

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