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Quinoa Chocolate Cake Recipe

This quinoa chocolate cake recipe is moist and good. The quinoa adds a healthy component seldom found in cakes.

Trivia: According to Wikipedia, Quinoa is high fibre, contains a complete protein and is gluten free.

Tip #1: To convert these measurements to metric, please refer to this online Cooking Converter

Tip #2: For best results, always use good quality chocolate.

Tip #3: For best results with quinoa, you must first rinse the seeds thoroughly to remove a bitter coating. Place in pan with water, bring to a boil, cover and then simmer for 15 minutes. Be sure to drain very thoroughly. Quinoa retains moisture and can be soggy. Return the drained quinoa to the pan and let sit for 15 minutes to remove additional moisture.

Quinoa Chocolate Cake Recipe


2/3 cup quinoa
1 1/3 cups water
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of 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 the pan, lower the heat and simmer for approximately ten minutes. Shut off the heat and leave the pan on the burner to continue cooking slightly for an additional ten minutes. Mix it somewhat with a fork and allow it to cool completely.

When you are ready to prepare your cake, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Prepare an eight inch cake pan. Either a round or square pan will do. Grease it lightly and line with waxed paper or parchment paper.

Use a blender or a food processor. The KitchenAid KFP750CR 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processor, Chrome is a good choice.)

Put the eggs, vanilla and milk in the food processor. Add two cups of the quinoa, which is cooked now. (This is 500 mL if you are using metric.) Combine these ingredients, then add the butter. Blend until everything is smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix. Place this cake batter in your baking pan and cook for approximately fifty minutes. It is done when a toothpick or cake tester in the center comes out clean.

Ice your quinoa chocolate cake as desired, or serve plain with ice cream or whipped topping.

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