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Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Hmmmm chocolate.
How about a flourless chocolate cake that tastes amazing. Even better, a chocolate cake that is good for you?
Well as good as a chocolate cake can be. This one is made using cooked quinoa. And as we know quinoa is a superfood. It is full of nutrients, protein, gluten free, and high fiber.
Plus if you use a dark chocolate this cake has antioxidants too! What more can a chocolate cake get?
This recipe is courtesy of a customer I met at work. I met Andrea, while she was shopping for vegetarian cookbooks. We started up a conversation and before long she passed on a chocolate cake recipe to me.
I tried it and wow… it was great!
This would make a great holiday dessert.
I thank Andrea for passing this recipe on to me, and I will now pass it on to you.

Quinoa Chocolate Cake


  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Cook the quinoa in the water.
  • To do this, add both ingredients to a pan, then bring the mixture to a boil.
  • At this point, put the lid on, lower the heat and simmer for approx 10 minutes.
  • Shut off the heat and leave the pan on the burner to continue cooking slightly for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Mix it somewhat with a fork and allow to cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare an 8 inch springform pan.
  • I greased and lined the sides and bottom with parchment.
  • Using a stand mixer put the eggs, vanilla and milk in a bowl.
  • Add 2 cups of the cooked quinoa.
  • Combine these ingredients, then add the butter.
  • Blend until everything is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix.
  • Place the mixture into the cake pan.
  • Cook for approximately 50 minutes.
  • It is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (I found the cake took longer to bake for me. With the altitude here, my times can be different)
  • I let the cake cool completely and once removed from the pan I covered the cake in a dark chocolate ganache.
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  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped


  • Put the cream into a saucepan and heat until scalding hot.
  • Put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream over.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Let cool for 2 minutes and then pour over the cake.
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