Gluten-Free Crispy Toasted Quinoa

by Amie on September 30, 2013

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 I’ve heard of people making quinoa recipes and trying to ‘toast’ the quinoa but I haven’t had any experience with this so-called ‘toasting’.  I wanted to do something a bit different (as usual), so instead of using water, I used almond milk.

I mean, come on … why not add a little bit of protein and flavor when you can, right?


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I hope everyone knows what quinoa is.

And if you’re wondering, “What is Quinoa”.

Well, then we’ll have to take a step back and talk about it.

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed (many people think it’s a grain, but it’s not) and it’s a complete protein because it provides all 9 amino acids so it’s great for vegetarians, vegans or any of you that don’t eat a lot of animal protein.

While I was toasting this quinoa recipe on the stove top, I took some time to think about how we don’t know what’s going on inside of our bodies and how we are all strangers to our own bodies.

It’s kind of crazy when you think about it, isn’t it?

It’s amazing how we should know more about our bodies and make time to eat right and figure out what is actually going on inside instead of spot treating it with drugs and band-aids.

When I grew up and had a cold- the doctor gave me me antibiotics. Yuck.

When I had acne- the dermatologist gave me chemical cremes. Yuck.

When I had IBS they gave me a drug. Yuck.

When I had any issue- the doctors pretty much shut me up by shoving me out of their office in less than 5 minutes with a prescription script and told me to read the directions from the pharmacist.


How times have changed for me.

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After all those years of being pushed around by bully doctors and bosses at work that never let me leave for doctor’s appointments- I left both worlds.

The corporate America world.

And the Western medicine world.


I did.

And I haven’t looked back since.

I believe in supporting our bodies instead of spot treating them. Growing up no one tells us anything about our bodies aside from a quick 30 minute class in high school. I feel like no one knows what is gong on inside of their body. We can look super healthy on the outside and be so sick inside.

Aside from that, I feel like no one has the time nor the patience to heal, they just want a quick band-aid to heal their high cholesterol, autoimmune disease, thyroid issue, stomach aches, acne, etc.

Why is that?

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Have we just become so gosh darn stressed out that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves or find the time to research what actually IS going on inside of us?

I admit. When I was in a corporate job- I didn’t have time to research and figure anything out. I had 30 minutes to get to a doctor and back in my office before my boss blew my head off. Yikes. Is that what our society is coming to?

Kinda scary, isn’t it?

Anyway, after all that ‘inner chit chat’ in my head- my quinoa was beyond done and ‘toasted’. I thought at first it was way too dry to eat but it turned out to be amazing and super flavorful.

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I served this toasted quinoa as a side dish with salad and almonds and it was purely fabulous.

I hope you enjoy it just as much!

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Gluten-Free Crispy Toasted Quinoa
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 8
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan
  • 1½ cups organic quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cup organic sprouts
  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer under cold water for 1 minute. Shake the strainer over the sink to remove excess water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add quinoa and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add Almond Breeze Almond Milk and bring quinoa to a boil. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and quinoa is ‘toasted’ golden brown and starts to dry out and release a ‘nutty’ scent. Remove from heat; set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork; add sea salt and pepper. Gently toss with fresh sprouts and serve.
Serving Size: ⅘ cup Calories: 153.2 cal • Fat: 4.5 g • Protein: 5.0 g • Carb: 23.7 g • Fiber: 2.7 g • Sugar: 2.3 g • Sodium: 101.1 mg



This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze.





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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

LLY September 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

Hey Amie, do you eat what you post!? I thought you were grain free (and yes it’s a seed but still a pseudo grain…)

I’m surprised you’re using Blue Diamond Almond Milk. It contains carrageenan – an additive that causes inflammation and distress in tummies with IBS, Chron’s etc….scientists have been lobbying the FDA to get rid of it but of course…no luck.

Just thought you’d might like to know that since you wrote about knowing what we put in our bodies :)


Amie September 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thank you; yes I do eat what I post. I do eat quinoa and enjoy it very much since it is a seed it doesn’t bother me. I understand there is a lot of information about carrageenan in many products we all love especially non-dairy milks but many people aren’t able to find alternatives without carrageenan in them. I consume almond milk on occasion as I do not deprive my body of anything that I want. Many of my clients use their almond milk and love it and haven’t had any stomach issues at all. As you all know we are all born with our own genetic predispositions and everything affects everyone in a different way so if there are stomach issues I make my own almond milk. Hope that helps; have a great day!


Linda Viner October 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

FYI, I live in Charlotte and both Trader Joes and Whole Foods label Almond Milk do not have carrageenan.


LLY October 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

Nice, thanks! Linda…that is awesome that yours have no carrageenan! Jealous! It’s so overwhelming at times all the information out there kind of scarese and makes me second guess everything I guess often…


Lisa September 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

Love me some quinoa and this sounds great! Also love your heart and your transparency here. As always, thanks! XO


Amie September 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thank you Lisa!!!


Lauren September 30, 2013 at 9:12 am

Quinoa is one of my faves! However, if you promote eating “clean”, why are you putting oil in your body?


Amie September 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thanks Lauren; I actually don’t eat much oil at all but for this recipe I used oil instead of butter to ‘toast’ the quinoa as many of my clients enjoy the toasted taste! Hope you enjoy it!


Jeanette September 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Great post Amie – it is scary how much we put into and onto our body that we don’t know the ingredients of. Love your toasty quinoa by the way – sounds like great texture!


Amie September 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thank you so much,Jeanette!!!


Alicyn September 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Love this recipe! But I am allergic to almonds, would using rice milk work instead? Or Soy milk?


Amie September 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Of course! Feel free to use whatever milk you would enjoy!


Alisa @ Go Dairy Free September 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Brilliant recipe Amie! I can taste the toastiness now.


christine connallon October 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

Looks great! Would love to try to win the Conscious Box giveaway, too! :)


Cheryl Christian October 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

I am still trying to figure out uses for quinoa, so this looks pretty good. Love all the recipes.


Danielle October 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hi!! This looks delicious and I can’t wait tot ry it. I am currently transitioning to healthy eating because of medical issues the Doctors haven’t been able to figure out. Hopefully healthy food and diet will become the medicine to get me back on track! The Conscious box giveaway would help me a great deal! Thank you for all you hard work to provide recipes and giveaways to get us on track to better health!


Lynessa October 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

I think I may have to try Quinoa…and this recipe sounds like the right one to try.


Jessica October 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

I love quinoa but haven’t tried it toasted. Thanks and the giveaway looks fantastic!


Katie R. October 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

I will have to try this with coconut milk (nut allergy). I made another one of your quinoa recipes and it was great, so I bet this one is too! Would love to win the Conscious Box giveaway… today’s my birthday so it would be a nice birthday surprise!


Michele R. October 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

I REALLY have to give quinoa a try for breakfast :)


Jessica Dennis October 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

this recipe looks delicious! So does the conscious box!


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Nicole Kester October 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

This sounds amazing, can’t wait to try it! Love your Facebook posts too, thanks for the Facebook conscious box giveaway!


Susan October 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

mmm…love quinoa. would love to win that conscious box, too!


Niccole Tapp October 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

Mmmm, this looks and sounds delicious! Great post.


Lori Getter October 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

Love your recipes, encouragement, and sharing your personal story to help us all! Plus your giveaways are a bonus!!!!! I would love to win that conscious box too!! Thanks


Stephanie MacDonald October 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

You have such great recipes! I am really loving this one because it sounds super fancy but it actually is simple to follow and completely do-able; I love how you make me believe I can actually cook!!


Haley Kelly October 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

I always love a good new quinoa recipe to share with my clients!!! I have never toasted it before, thank you for the idea – love your recipes



Debra Lee October 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

I am loving some quinoa right now!


Karen D October 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

This is an excellent sounding quinoa dish! I would make it tonight, since my husband is away, but I don’t have any sprouts. Guess I’ll start some tonight!


Jessica Berry October 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

Thanks for the new and exciting way to have fun with foods and make them interesting recipe!


Kathryn Dickinson October 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

Another great recipe to try! I’m hoping to win the care package for my GF daughter @ UCSB!


Vanessa October 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

This looks supper yummy, can’t wait to try it! Woul love to win the conscious box!!


Pat Pelland October 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

We love quinoa , however I had never thought to “toast” it, I’m excited to explore another way to enjoy quinoa. Quinoa isn’t a grain, although it gives the bite and mouth feel of a grain which my family loves. Thank you for an inspired way to use quinoa!

Conscious Box is a favorite as well.


Christine October 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Always have to have crunch, so I always mix nuts and raw veggies with my quinoa.


IAE Hulthage October 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Although I’m not living a gluten free lifestyle I do try to eat GF whenever possible. I do however enjoy ancient grains such as farro on occassion. Quinoa has become a staple in my household We’ve been fortunate, no one in my family has IBS, allergies, or disgestive disorders. We simply try to eat clean whenever possible, or at the very least have an awareness of what we consume. Thank you for your informative acticles and enticing recipes!


Lisa Fury October 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I attempted Quinoa once. It didn’t turn out very well and I have been so intimidated I haven’t tried again. Your delicious looking pics have inspired me to try again! Thanks!


Mary Smith October 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I am looking forward to trying this real soon! Winning? …
always a joy! :)


viki October 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Just started eating Quinoa have been a vegetarian for almost 34 years, feel like a kid with candy , yeah new options.


Natalie J Vandenberghe October 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Your recipe sounds delicious!


nichole smith October 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

That quinoa looks yummy! I tried making quinoa once, my boys thought it was space balls lol.


Sarah (Sunshine Love) October 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I want to learn to make Quinoa. I also want to win conscious box!


Darlene Rose October 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Please enter me for the Conscious box. Love this page the fruit pictures always have me running to my apple bowl!


James Kennedy October 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Haven’t tried toasted quinoa prepared this way. But if Amie made the recipe you know it is delicious! The Conscious Box looks like a great product.


Amie October 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Thank you for all your great post and recipes!!


Alexi October 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Great recipe!


Maria Kambitsis October 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I love all your ideas and recipes and very thankful for it all. :)


Nancy Bannon October 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Thank you for sharing! My favorite to follow you is instagram!
I like your 12/13 things you love!
I can’t live without avocados!
Conscious Box sounds fun!


Julia October 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Wow, never knew you could eat quinoa this way! Have to try.


yummychunklet October 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Toasted quinoa? Great idea!


Kim L October 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love quinoa and eat it a lot. I do prefer the red quinoa taste but this idea of toasting sounds great. A must try! I would love to win the paleo skincare gift certificate…sounds interesting!

Reply October 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

Thanks for a wonderful new recipe to try! I have been moving into this “new life” of healthier eating for a couple of years now. I have just gotten the results of my blood-food allergy panel in the last week and find that even much of the healthy stuff i was consuming, i am also allergic to. Your story is very inspiring as i have a LOT of damage and issues that need to be healed and have felt a lil overwhelmed in this last week. Thanks for your help in this process! The giveaway is a nice touch also, as i am having to change EVERYTHING that i use on my body, right now too. Thanks for the hope! :)


Mary H. October 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

This recipe looks good and I enjoyed reading article attached to it.


Anna@Green Talk October 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I would never thought to use almond milk to toast the quiona. I actually toast it in a little bit of olive oil to get it tan, and then use chicken or vegetable stock in lieu of water to cook it.

I will have to try your recipe.


Gaby October 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

Hey! Commenting for a chance to win those pretty bracelets and you didn’t specify which post so I chose the yummy quinoa recipe! I love all the psuedo grains for their health benefits and have concluded my absolute favorite is buckwheat! Love the nuttiness, maybe toasting others like quinoa will give it the same depth of flavor?
Btw I loved the response to your first commenter and agree completely. We have to do what we can within reason and prioritize because it would be impossible to follow every peice of nutrition advice we ever heard! Not to mention sacrifice our mental health trying :p


Amie October 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Yes Gaby they have a great depth of flavor. I also like using Teff, too! It’s lovely but quinoa is my favorite!!


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