This protein-rich natural energy drink may soon make its way into the stores...be prepared almond and soy and coconut milks...it's the next big health thing! Quinoa (pronounced keen-WAH), is a gluten-free, alkaline-forming, high-protein grain that has tremendous health benefits.
To sweeten or flavor, you can add agave nectar, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, or dark chocolate powder... feel free to get creative!
- 1 Cup uncooked quinoa
- Pinch of salt if desired
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Soak quinoa overnight in two cups of water. Before cooking, drain with a sieve and rinse until water is clear. Bring another two cups of water to a boil and cook the soaked quinoa until it boils. Cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Pour milk into nut milk bag or through cheesecloth while holding over a bowl or large jug. The milk will slowly strain through on its own but you can squeeze it to help it along. Put strained milk back into the blender and add water (about one cup at a time) to your desired consistency, blending the mixture after each addition. Depending on what consistency you prefer, that will determine how much water you add. Flavor it however you want. Refrigerate unused portions and use within four days. Cheers!