How to Sprout Quinoa with Ease

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I am always happy to receive questions from my Power of Food fans. Here is a recent one about sprouting quinoa.

My intention with sharing these questions is to make it easier for you to live each day abundantly happy and healthy through LOVE.


“Adam, if you could detail for me how to sprout quinoa I would really be grateful for it. How long do you soak it? and so on. The tails of our quinoa seem to be coming off for some reason. Where to you get your quinoa for sprouting? All best……..Liana”

Adam’s Response

Hello Liana

Thank you very much for you question. I am excited to hear you are trying to sprout quinoa. It is such an amazing source of protein and a very healthy carbohydrate. It’s a great addition to a vibrant lifestyle.

I don’t use any special sprouting quinoa. I always buy organic quinoa from my local grocery store and rinse it before use.

Sprouted Quinoa 4

I soak my quinoa for 6 hours and then rinse it off. I then put it into a sprouting jar (glass jar with punched holes in the lid) and rinse it 2 times a day for 48 hours. I always leave it resting on my kitchen counter top in a way the remaining liquid can continue to drain out.

Before bed I like to place my jars in a dark dry place at room temp overnight (my kitchen cupboard works best).

It begins to sprout within 24 hours. If you sprout it too long, it begins to have a sharp lemony taste. Not nearly as enjoyable to eat. Usually around the 30 hour mark is when it seems to be ideal for consumption, but anywhere from 24-48 is good.


Here are 2 ways I like to use my sprouted quinoa

Over a fresh salad

Over a fresh salad

I’ll fill my food processor full of Sprouted Quinoa and other goodies to become my Raw Veggie Burgers!

I also love adding sprouted quinoa on top of my salads to give them a super nutrient boost!

Here are a couple of my favourite sprouted quinoa recipes you can try once you get going!

Check out these posts for more information and recipes using quinoa and sprouted grains.

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  1. I soak the quinoa for 20-30 minutes, and it’s ready to eat in about 24 hours (I rinse it during the day).

    • Hi Erin

      Thanks for your reply. It’s funny how sprouting becomes a very personal experience. I used to sprout my quinoa in a shorter amount of time, but I have come to enjoy the softness of them when sprouted longer.

      How do you use your sprouted quinoa?

      • I sometimes make a salad with chunks of cucumber, tomato and onion and lemon juice (I might put that over a bed of lettuce, or eat as-is). I also use it to make crackers or “bread” in the dehydrator (mix ingredients in the food processor first). Or I might make “grawnola” with the sprouted quinoa. Or, I use it in a raw porridge with ingredients such as nuts, seeds, chia, hemp, goji berries, etc. and blended in the Vitamix.

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  3. sandra clapham says:

    Adam, I have tried sprouting quinoa twice, and both times I was not impressed. Because the white seed is small, I cannot find the hulls, or the sprouts did not sprout. It always looks so cloudy, the water, when I pour it out. The quantity, compared to alfalfa or broccolli , does not compare. The last time I tried looks like one third did not sprout. The seeds are organic and I bought them from Mumms seeds. Whats w rong? Thanks so much, love your recipes. Sandra

    • Adam Hart says:

      Hi Sandra

      I find there are 4 main factors to assist in sprouting quinoa.

      1. Initial soaking time and rinsing
      I soak the initial batch for about 8 hours and then discard the water. I then rinse them once in the morning and once at night until they have sprouted.

      2. Amount your try to sprout
      How much you are putting into your sprouting jars is key to success? The more you put in the less it likes to sprout. I tend to do about 1 cup of quinoa per 1/2 litre mason jar.

      3. Where you store your sprouts while sprouting
      Ideally this would be in a dark dry place (such as your kitchen cupboard) seems to help a lot.

      4. Age of your quinoa
      Not easy to know, but the older your quinoa the longer it takes to sprout.

      Let me know if this helps and happy sprouting

  4. Janet Botwright says:

    Hi Adam,
    I have bought dried beans and lentils in the past and not had much success, so have always gone back to tinned.
    Can you please tell me, with Lentils, legumes etc, how long do I soak for? Do I cook immediately? And how long can I store them for once they have been cooked?


    • Hello Janet

      When using dried beans it is very important to follow proper soaking and cooking instructions. There is a complex sugar that surrounds dried beans that if not soaked and rinsed properly could cause some digestive distress. Soaking also removes the phytic acid and released the enzymes needed for better digestion.

      Online there are a number of valuable resources for proper bean preparation. The Mayo Clinic has a good explanation

      Just be sure to discard any of the water your beans soaked in before cooking.

      Once you have cooked your beans, be sure to store any leftovers in your refrigerator and consume them within 3 days.

      Thanks for the great question!

  5. u said u buy quinoa at grocery stores? but that is ready for cooking.
    where do i buy seeds to sprout them?

  6. Lottie Parker says:

    I had real good luck sprouting black quinoa but when I tried it with my red quinoa, it hardly sprouted at all and then tasted vinegary. I dumped it. Any advice?

  7. Sandy Todd says:

    Does it matter if the water you use is filtered or not?

  8. Sandy Todd says:

    Does the quinoa have like a fermented smell to it? This is my 3rd time of trying it and it always smell like it has fermented. I use filtered water. I know you mention a lemony taste if sprouted too long. Yesterday was day 2 of sprouting, so to day I rinsed them and they smell fermented. Are they still eatable? TY for your help. My lentils were easy to sprout but not so the quinoa.

    • Hi Sandy

      It depends on how you are preparing them and the age of the quinoa. I also tend to rinse mine 3-4 times a day if it’s very hot in the house, which it is right now. You can also try putting a little less quinoa in your sprouting jar to get it more air. Let me know how it goes. Every time you try, it is a very powerful act of LOVE so way to go Sandy for loving yourself so much – Oh Yeah!

  9. I like to eat quinoa seeds raw in yogurt. Do I get the same benefit ?

    • Hi Linda

      Eating quinoa raw does not really provide any nutritional value since the grain is not really digestible in its raw form. You can sprout them or cook them to release the benefits and then add them to your yogurt. That’s the ideal way to consume quinoa 🙂


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