How to Make Puffed Quinoa
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Simple homemade puffed quinoa, perfect to use as a crunchy topping for savory dishes or in your sweet treats.
Cuisine: Gluten Free
  • Organic white quinoa
  1. Rince thoroughly the uncooked quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer. This step removes its natural coating called saponin, which can make it taste bitter.
  2. Spread the quinoa evenly on a baking sheet – I use two of them in order to get a thin layer of quinoa, which will dry faster.
  3. Leave to dry overnight or place in the oven on the lowest temperature (convection mode). It takes about 2 hours to dry.
  4. Heat a pan on medium heat (or medium-high heat depending on your stove) and transfer part of the dried quinoa. Make sure it creates a single layer on the bottom no more. Close the lid and shake the pot while quinoa starts popping.
  5. After one or two minutes, once the popping sound slows down, remove the quinoa to avoid it to burn. Quinoa puffs are just a tiny larger once popped.
  6. Repeat until all your quinoa is puffed. Once puffed quinoa has cooled, keep it in an airtight container.
Recipe by Chocolate & Quinoa at