Monday, July 19, 2021

Gluten Free Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Originally posted 7 July 2021 

Definitely needing a distraction from the 791 new Covid cases today. Instead of what's happening in Fiji, let me tell you about this flourless chocolate cake we made with quinoa. Baking is a dark art, while I don't mess with the recipes the way I do with the stove top stuff, I did add a teaspoon of instant coffee to this. It came out oh so good, and I think I need to make it again soon. 

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins Additional: 30 mins Total: 1 hr 25 mins


  • 2 cups cold cooked quinoa (1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water)
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (Optional)
  • 1 tsp instant coffee 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a rectangular 9x13 cake pan.
  2. Blend quinoa, butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract together in a blender until smooth. Seriously, blend that quinoa until it's smooth as can be. 
  3. Combine dry ingredients sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir blended quinoa mixture into sugar mixture until batter is well combined. Fold chocolate chips and pecans into batter; pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool cake on a wire rack.

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