Quinoa Dark Chocolate Cake
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups cooked and cooled red quinoa
1/2 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
1 1/2 cups cane sugar
1 1⁄4 cups raw cocoa powder (cocao powder)
1 tbsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp good salt
Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F).
Lightly grease a 1.2-litre (8-inch-round) baking pan and line with parchment paper.
In a food processor, pulse eggs, vanilla, milk, and cooled quinoa to blend.
Add coconut oil and blend until smooth.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
Pour wet ingredients (quinoa mixture) into dry and stir well to mix.
Pour batter into baking pan and cook for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Makes 8 servings
Variation 1: Omit oil.
Variation 2: Add 30 ml (1 tbsp) grated orange rind and omit oil.
Serve this with strawberries and natural plain yogurt for a sumptuous dessert.
Pairs Well With
If you are a chocoholic this is your cake! Raw cocoa powder is what foodies call cacao, as chocolate is from the seed of the cacao tree. Cocoa is high in magnesium, which helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function (and thus prevents cramping), keeps our heart rhythms steady, and our bones strong, and supports a healthy immune system. Chocolate contains caffeine, so if you’re eating it at night, go easy!