Gluten Free: Chocolate Quinoa Cake
These delicious little bite sized chocolate quinoa cakes have been my go-to when it comes to wanting a good guilt-free snack throughout my week. I first met this recipe from the Start From Scratch class, taught by Dan Clapson. We made it into a delicious cake in class, however I wanted to easily take them everywhere ie: parties, work, school etc, so I decided to test putting these into a mini / muffin pan - and it worked! In this recipe I tweaked with the type of sugar(s) used and kept in mind of the dry climate in Calgary.
To begin, this is what you'll need:
- 2 cups of quinoa
- 1/3 cup milk*
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 melted butter
- 1 - 1/2 sugar*
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 - 1/2 tsp baking powder
*SUGAR: I rarely use all white sugar. I usually do a mix of agave, cane, honey, stevia, brown sugar.
(Note: brown/white sugar doesn't have much of a difference. Brown sugar simply has a higher molasse content - it isn't a healthier alternative) However if you want something to be more moist, brown sugar will be better compared to white sugar!
*MILK: Almond milk is a great alternative to those who don't like milk, I've worked with both and they came out great.
*CHIA: Sometimes I just throw a handful into my baking, to add more fibre/protein.
*TOPPING IDEAS: Strawberries, almonds, coconut, peanuts + peanut butter (spoon it into the centre before baking), raspberry, chocolate chips, Super Food Mix: Goji, hemp, sunflower.
1. Begin by bringing quinoa to a boil and once done, set aside to let cool.
2. Combine: Eggs, vanilla, milk, 2 cups of quinoa and butter. Pour into a blender, blend till smooth.
3. Whisk sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a separate bowl.
4. Add dry ingredients into the wet mixture in the blender. Blend until well mixed.
5. Pour into desired pan (line muffin pans or grease the cake pans!)
6. Bake for 20 mins for muffin pan, 45 for avg 8 inch cake pan at 350*F
7. Set the cakes on a cooling rack. You will know the cake is done when you stick a toothpick in, and it comes out clean.