Quinoa Chocolate Cake
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  • 2/3cup quinoawell washed
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4large eggs
  • 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4cups butter (2 1/2 sticks)room temperature
  • 3 3/4cups (450 grams) powdered sugar, siftedplus more as needed
  • 2tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Alittle milkif needed to thin
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave covered saucepan on burner for another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚. Lightly grease two 8-inch round or square cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper.
  3. In a blender or food processor, blend milk, eggs, and vanilla. Add 2 cups cooked quinoa and butter; blend until very smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to quinoa mixture and mix well.
  5. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake on center oven rack for 40-45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Turn cakes out of pans very gently and allow to cool completely on racks. If time allows, freeze layers before frosting.
  6. For frosting, beat butter, sugar, and cocoa until smooth; beat in vanilla, plus milk if needed for consistency. Completely frost one layer, carefully place second layer on top, and frost all over.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING (with frosting): 445 cal, 24g fat (7g mono, 1g poly, 16g sat), 170mg chol, 4g protein, 54g carb, 2g fiber, 170mg sodium