Quinoa Dinner Rolls Recipe

My love for quinoa is not unknown especially for regular readers of this blog. I try out various recipes and am always on the lookout for more and more. During one such search I came across this recipe . The pull of the recipe was so much that, I found myself making these dinner rolls the very same day.The taste is amazing to say the least.I have just make very few changes to this recipe to increase the nutritional value and reduce bad fats.

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  • Yields: Makes 16 rolls
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dried yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup honey plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs whites (or you can skip and add more oil/cooked quinoa water instead)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups bread flour
1. Place the quinoa in a pot with one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon honey, and cover with the 2 cups of water.
2. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Let cool. Set aside 1/4 cup cooked quinoa for sprinkling on top of shaped rolls.
3. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in one cup of warm water. Add the honey, eggs, and oil. Add the 2 cups of whole wheat flour and mix well.
4. Add 2 teaspoons salt and 2 cups of the bread flour and mix well.
5. Add quinoa and 1 more cup of flour and knead dough, adding last cup of flour as needed.
6. Knead dough until dough is smooth and fairly stiff.Place dough in oiled bowl and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Punch down dough and divide into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, stretching the top of the roll smooth and pulling the excess dough to the underside of the roll.
8. Place rolls, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Brush tops of rolls with melted butter, and sprinkle with reserved cooked quinoa, and coarse salt. Bake rolls for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 375, and continue to bake for 15 minutes more. Rolls are ready when they are dark golden brown.
9. Serve warm. These keep well wrapped in foil for 2 days easily. I am not sure after that since it dint last more than that for the two of us. They went well as burger buns and also as great side for soups. Give it a try..you will love them too :)

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By Joan on Apr 20, 2012

I rarely take the time to comment but absolutely love these buns. My husband said best whole grain bun he has ever tasted. I am always looking for healthy options for myself and my family, so thank you so much.

I did reduce the honey by 1/2 cup just because I am more of a savory than sweet type. I kept the dough very sticky (did not use the last cup of flour) and also gave it some resting time so they would not get too heavy. I greased my hands to be able to keep dough sticky and still be able to form the buns.  

By madhu on Nov 20, 2010

I made these dinner rolls tonight and it was divine. This is one of the best yeast based buns that I've made so far. We all loved it. It looked a little intimidating when I looking at the procedure but when I made it was pretty easy :).  Its definitely something that I'll keep making pretty often. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!


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By shifa on Jul 9, 2013

Hi , can u plz tell me first step , before simmering should i letvthe quinoa mixture with salt and honey for few hours ?

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By Anu on Mar 10, 2013

Pls let me know how much oil/quinoa water to use, as we don't eat eggs.

By Anu on Mar 10, 2013

I too would like to know how much more oil/quinoa water to use, as we don't eat eggs....

By Kim on Feb 17, 2013

You say that you can skip the 2 egg whites and add more oil/cooked quinoa water instead...can you advise on how much specifically? I would love to try these without eggs.

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By Macreena kinny on Mar 29, 2012

I tried wholewheat recipe and it came out very hard and i cud not even cut it into slices......tried it 2 times it was the same case... im afraid to try more

It could be cos its not rising properly. Check if your yeast is alive and kicking. --DK

By Kanupriya on Mar 29, 2012

What is quinoa??!? Would love ro try this recipe. Looks yummy.


By Judi on Mar 6, 2011

can I use my bread machine to make the dough?

I do not own a machine hence I am not sure..May be you can

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By madhu on Nov 23, 2010

Hi DK, I made one modification to this recipe. I added half olive oil and half canola oil. The aroma of the olive oil in the buns is enticing. I forgot to mention this earlier. Thank u once again for this lovely recipe.

By Rachel Beth on Apr 27, 2010

My farmer's market stockes quinoa flour. Do you know if I can substitute it for either of the other two flours?

I am really not sure how it will work. It will taste delicious am sure, but the heartiness factor which the cooked grains impart might be lost! I am sorry - am totally at a loss to advise you in this! but I wud surely love to experiment with the flour in this recipe :) --DK

By Kathy on Mar 30, 2010

Made these for dinner tonight--just lovely! and very hearty. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

By Madhuri on Mar 25, 2010

Awwww....they look so cute Dhivs :-P

By Diane on Mar 6, 2010

I tried this with red quinoa (it made it SUPER pretty)and turned it into two loaves... WOW, it was an awesome recipe, everyone RAVED about the bread. Makes a GREAT PB&J. Thanks for this recipe!!!

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By Vidya on Jul 17, 2009

I am so glad I found this recipe. I was googling dinner rolls and landed here. With quinoa, its even better. Pictures look very lovely. I'll be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing.

By Madhuram on Apr 8, 2009

You are on a roll DK! Dried yeast is spelled as dired in the ingredients list.

By Jamie on Apr 4, 2009

DK, These rolls look great. I am relatively new to quinoa, but everyone raves about it. My mom tells me it's the perfect protein. Maybe I should give these a try!

By Vanamala on Apr 3, 2009

Looks wonderful..

By Alka on Apr 3, 2009

This is what i call,a perfect blend of health, taste and culinary skills(here it is baking skills).
Looks so perfect and cute :-)

By mona on Apr 2, 2009

They look perfect, thanks for sharing!

By Pavithra Kodical on Apr 2, 2009

Wow very creative...Nice way to include quinoa..Great post..

By stephchows on Apr 2, 2009

Quinoa AND whole wheat flour. You're my hero! Can't wait to make these!

By Shree on Apr 2, 2009

Rolls look great as always :) Any idea what quinoa is called in hindi or any other indian language?

By Madhumathi on Apr 2, 2009

Never used quinoa in my cooking..Your quinoa dinner rolls tempt me to buy a bag of quinoa :)

By Happy cook on Apr 2, 2009

Beautiful rolls, i have never made anything with quinoa
Wish i had these rolls for dinner time.

By spicencook on Apr 1, 2009

Perfect Nutrition Packed Recipe... :)

By Lavanya on Apr 1, 2009

very nice ....never tried quinoa ..good one..i will give a try!!

By Gita's Kitchen on Apr 1, 2009

Very innovative recipe DK, they look so soft, I can make these with soup tomorrow :)

By Divya Vikram on Apr 1, 2009

I was searching a recipe for burger buns. They sound perfect!

By Trupti on Apr 1, 2009

never tried Quinoa before .. Rolls looks perfect Healthy & nutritious

By Indhu on Apr 1, 2009

the rolls look lovely... healthy and nutritious :)

By Lisa on Apr 1, 2009

Quinoa is probably my favorite grain and like you, I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy it. Fantastic rolls and I want to try these too!

By Pavani on Apr 1, 2009

Those rolls look super cute DK. I keep telling I'm gonna bake and end up being a No show. May be this time, I'll bake these quinoa rolls.. I'll let you know. TC.