Ages ago I bought Quinoa flour at Whole Foods Market in High Street Kensington. That was a week after I bought a 500 gr Quinoa bread and gasped when I was asked to handle 7 pounds for it. 11 dollars for a piece of bread, isn’t it blasphemy?

Anyhow, it was MY fault. I acted in breach of the rule number one for the smart shopping in Whole Foods Market: always check the price tag first.

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When I came back to the crime scene not only I had learnt that a 7 pounds loaf doesn’t taste better than any other mortal bread, I had also recovered from the shock and grown the idea to get a cheaper Quinoa bread by baking it myself, from scratch at home. Revenge.

A pack of Quinoa flour, water, yeast and salt would do the magic, I thought. It would also compensate for the wrong purchase. But the plan did not go exactly as expected. A pack of 500 gr of Quinoa from Bolivia distributed by DbaFoods costed me 6 pounds.

At the end of the day I saved 1 pound but needed more ingredients and time to get to the final product. Which, to be honest, I baked at the best of my culinary skills and yet disliked it more than the fancy “7 pounds bread”!

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The precious and prized sack of Quinoa from the Andes of South America, stayed quiet in the cupboard for a few months. Meantime I stopped baking bread. The poor cereal was going to face sure death when I magnanimously gave it a new chance of life by substituting it for a little less than a half of the all-purpose flour in my pizza dough recipe.

The Quinoa mixed with the whole flour did not contribute with the pungent yeasty taste that made me disapprove the deluxe bread. I loved this wholesome pizza and made it twice last week. I managed to pack my pizza with vitamins and other nutrients Quinoa is rich with. Redemption, eventually.

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Whole Wheat and Quinoa Flour Pizza Dough

Prep Time10 mins
Servings: 2 -4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 2 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Pour water into a bowl and add yeast and honey. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes. In a bigger bowl add the flours, salt and mix (I used a wooden spoon) until a coarse dough forms.
  • Knead until you get a smooth and uniform dough.
  • Shape into a ball and leave in the bowl covered with a wet towel. Let it rise for at least 1 hour. If not using right away wrap with plastic wrap then freeze.

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  1. thank you so much for your recipe.. i wanted a “healthy” pizza and this totally fit the bill.. i googled how to make quinoa flour (toasted a combo of quinoa and kaniwa in a pan for 5 mins and then threw it in my coffee grinder).. the amounts of the ingredients varied due to what i had on hand.. 1/3 c quinoa/kaniwa flour, 1/4 c soy flour, 3/4 c whole wheat flour, 1&2/3 c all purpose flour(to equal 3 c), 1 packet of active dry yeast, 1 tsp of honey(personal pref).. but followed the rest of the recipe.. i added 2 T garlic seasoned parm and 1 T italian seasoning.. topped with homeamde marinara and munster cheese.. we so enjoyed this.. thanks again for sharing