On Instagram, food blogs with smoothie bowls are ruling! Everything has such a gorgeous touch, some of them seem too good to eat. Furthermore, many of them feature exotic fruits and edible flowers that just aren’t realistic. In my kitchen, I always aim to create the most impressive meals with the least amount of money or fuss. I recently came across “puffed” quinoa. So I set upon to learn how to make quinoa puffs.
It’ s a relatively simple thing to make quinoa puffs.
Quinoa is a highly balanced “grain.” The protein content in quinoa is higher than in most grains. I used quotations because their protein content actually excludes them from being a grain at all, it’s actually a pseudo-cereal. Kind of a seed, king of a grain. Quinoa will “pop” or “puff” much like popcorn will, just with a little less show. They do not quadruple in size like a kernel of corn, but they do pop out of your pan and expand in size a little.
The biggest benefit to puffing your quinoa is the nutty flavor it takes on and the nice crunch. This makes it a perfect addition to oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, smoothie bowls, or even to eat as a cereal, although I think it’s much better as a garnish. Once you learn how to make quinoa puffs you can garnish your plates like an Instagram pro!
How to Make Quinoa PuffsPrint Recipe
- 1/2-1 cup pre-rinsed quinoa
- Pot at least 6 inches deep with a lid
- Optional: 1 tbsp of oil (this will give a crispier puff and a nuttier flavor)
Preheat the pot with the oil in it over medium heat (if you're using oil)
Add the quinoa to the pot so that it covers the bottom
Cover with lid and proceed to move the quinoa around in the pot while it begins to pop. This ensure's you aren't burning anything (although the quinoa WILL brown a bit)
Continue popping until there's a few second between each pop
Pull from heat, allow to cool, and serve