Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa Cream

This quinoa cream is a great alternative to heavy cream, half and half and whole milk. It is naturally gluten free and easily made vegan!

One day, when Skye was in a Miss-Independent mood, and I found myself in a rare moment of catching up on magazines.

I was flipping through an older copy of Cooking Light on my iPad, and I saw an article on using rice in place of heavy cream in recipes.

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It got me thinking – could quinoa also be used as a heavy cream substitute?

I was excited and ran to the kitchen to give it a try…and I wasn’t disappointed.

Quinoa Cream
In fact, I was thrilled with the results.

I may have even chased my husband down with a spoon in hand insisting that he try it. It was 6:30 am – he wasn’t amused. Just because Skye and I had been raring to go since 5:00 am, doesn’t mean he was. 🙂

This quinoa cream is fantastic in soups and pasta dishes. It is an excellent way to keep your calories in check, and also perfect for vegans or those who don’t have access to organic dairy. (Unsweetened Almond and Cashew Milk both work here!)

One of these days, I’m going to try this with apple just for use in sweet dishes. Until then, let me know what you think of this savory quinoa cream.

Adapted from Cooking Light


  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk of choice (unsweetened – I used almond)


  1. Bring quinoa and broth to a boil. Cover and cook for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add milk to blender and then carefully transfer quinoa mixture. Puree for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth. Use in place of heavy cream, half and half and/or whole milk in savory recipes.


Servings 6, Calories 85, Fat 2.1g, Carbohydrates 11.4g, Protein 5.0g, Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 274mg, Potassium 172mg, Fiber 1.0g, Sugars 2.1g



Quinoa Cream was originally published in 2015, updated 2017.


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