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Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Quinoa Chocolate Cake

My friend Ellie from Home Cooking in Montana told me about gluten-free quinoa chocolate cake recipe and I knew I had to try it right away as it is the case with all of her recipes and suggestions. Ellie is an amazing cook and baker; I strongly recommend you visit her blog.

Now, about the cake, the batter has the usual cake ingredients but doesn’t include any grain or nut flour, instead, cooked quinoa is used and surprisingly the taste or the texture of the quinoa cannot be detected.

I made quite a few changes to the recipe; I also took Ellie’s advice and reduced the amount of butter, sugar and cocoa. I started by reducing the amount of butter and substituting it with virgin coconut oil, I omitted the milk and used agave nectar instead of the sugar and baked it in a 9 inch cake pan and served it with toasted shaved coconut instead of frosting it.

Even after reducing the cocoa from 1 cup to 2/3 of a cup, the cocoa flavour still dominates the cake, so I recommend using a high quality cocoa.

One last thing, although this step is definitely optional and does not change the taste or the texture of the cake, if you have time, soak the quinoa overnight, the little grains will start to sprout and that significantly increases its nutritional profile.

Adapted from Patricia Green via Babble

  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • ½ cup virgin coconut oil or melted butter
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350F; line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper, grease the sides with coconut oil or butter, set aside.

Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, reduce to heat to a simmer and cook until the quinoa absorbs all the liquid, fluff with a fork and set it aside.

In a blender or food processor mix 2 cups of cooked quinoa, eggs, agave nectar and coconut oil for 10-15 seconds; add the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt, process for another 20-25 seconds.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan, frost if desired.

Refrigerate the cake for up to a week or freeze. I sliced the cake and froze, it tasted delicious when defrosted.

Quinoa Chocolate Cake


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21 comments to Quinoa Chocolate Cake

  • Gönül rahatlığıyla yiyebileceğim bir kek olmuş. Un, şeker ve ağır yağlardan uzak. Ellerine sağlık Megi.

  • Megi, The cake came out beautiful! I am so glad you enjoyed it…love your addition of the coconut oil and agave. Will have to give it a try using your recipe…it looks fantastic !
    We just finished our last piece yesterday:)….enjoyed the cake very much. And yes, it does freeze beautifully.

  • I have a pancake recipe that uses cooked quinoa, and I love the result. I’d deinitely like to explore more recipes that use it in this way!

  • Whoa! What a cake! I love that it has quinoa infused into it! Just the kick in the butt I need to get me to bake with whole grains more!

  • Megi, this cakes looks so moist and light! I’ve made the flourless black bean chocolate cake but never quinoa! I can’t wait to try this out!

  • LindenTea

    Asli, cok tesekkur ederim.

    Ellie, thank you again for telling me about the cake, I loved using cooked quinoa instead of wheat or other flours.

    Thank you Tasha, I tried your pancake recipe and it was excellent!

    Joanne, you don’t even realize there is quinoa in the cake, which as much as I love quinoa is a big plus when it comes to a chocolate cake.

    Linda, I have tried the black bean cake too, while the ingredients are very similar, the texture is very different!

  • Megi,

    I could so use a piece of this right now. We have birthday cake here that is so sugary and I am having a sweet craving but I just want something dark, moist and chocolately. Can’t you just beam me over a piece?

  • I am not a big choc fan, but I think this cake will have my loved ones swooning over it. Honestly, even I think that this looked way more gorgeous than some of the below average cakes moist chocolate cake sold in bakeries or even hotels!:D

  • I cannot wait to try this cake. It looks fabulous and I can imagine how great it tastes.

  • I apologize for being so late. I thought I had responded to this post. I just wanted you to know your cake looks wonderful and that I’ll have to give more thought to using quinoa in different ways. I hope you had a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Absolutely fantastic!
    I love chocolate cake, especially Quinoa Chocolate Cake!
    Oh, my mouth is salivating…..

  • I am so excited to see this recipe. My friend with the special diet loves chocolate! Chocolate really should be a food group all on it’s own!

    She can’t have eggs but I have had success using 1 tablespoon ground flaxmeal mixed with 2 tablespoons water to replace eggs in baked goods but have not done so in a cake. I wonder what it would do to the volume and rise of the cake. Any thoughts?

    I like Droste Cocoa, what brand do you use?

    Just want to let you know that I am hosting a Small change Challenge to kick off summer by losing the few pounds I have gained over the Winter! There will be prizes!

    Stop by and read about it and see if it’s anything you would like to participate in.

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2011/05/small-change-challenge/

  • wow! i’m so impressed you used quinoa – this looks great!

  • LindenTea

    Thank you all for the comments, I appreciate them!

    Tammy, I would love to know if using flax with water works for this cake. For this cake I used Camino organic cocoa.

  • I love quinoa! But i never try this foodstuff put in cakes.. looks yoummy! thank you for the recipe!

    Have a great weekend,
    Lucy,

  • Cara

    What an interesting recipe! I just assumed you were using quinoa flour. I’m very intrigued.

  • I like the sound of using quinoa in a cake, especially a chocolate cake!

  • CC11

    oooo that is one dark beauty – yum!

  • Great light recipe, personally I love all these ingredients and especially put together for a cake is genius….If I give it a try I will let you know how it turns out…

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  • didem

    This is a great recipe because I love cakes but I have egg allergy. So what can I use instead of eggs???

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