Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sweets: Cran-Apple Quinoa Cake

I recently joined FoodBuzz and am now connected to tons of great people with fantastic food blogs of their own. I found a recipe for Apple Quinoa Cake and just had to try it. My husband and I love quinoa in savory dishes but have never tried it in something sweet. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand, so this is my adaptation. I love the texture. It's very hearty. Something similar to a dense banana bread. Enjoy!

Adapted from Anjas Food 4 Thought

Cran-Apple Quinoa Cake
(makes 8 servings)
(roughly 160 calories per serving)

1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 apple, cored, grated, skin-on (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup low fat greek yogurt (2% Chobani or any other brand)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp flax seeds
1/4 cup craisins
1/2 package maple instant oats (1/4 cup)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl - flours, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Mix and set aside. 

2. Core and grate the apple. You can use a food processor to grind it up. It should amount to 1 cup.

3. Add grated apple, sugar, greek yogurt, egg white, quinoa, and vanilla extract to a separate bowl. Mix well. 

4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix well. Stir in flax seeds and craisins.

5. Pour mixture into a greased (use cooking spray) loaf pan (9" x 5"). Spread evenly.
6. Sprinkle the maple instant oatmeal on top. If you don't have instant oatmeal around, use a mixture of rolled oats, 1 tsp sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. 
7. Bake 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
8. Allow to cool completely. Slice.... Enjoy!!


  1. Looks wonderful! I have never used quinoa before!

  2. Sounds interesting, I love Quinoa...Thanks for sharing..

  3. Dulce - quinoa can be used in so many things! you'll love it.
    Thanks Anu!

  4. Mmmmm! This has definitely become a go-to breakfast for us (even Rob loves it!). I've never used quinoa before, but now I'm hooked! I made up a deconstructed version to replace oatmeal using quinoa, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and a splash of skim milk. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  5. This looks healthy, filling, and delicious!

  6. Awesome Kris! That's a great idea! I'm glad you guys are enjoying the quinoa. The possibilities are endless with the stuff. :)