Chocolate Quinoa Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Moist, chocolate decadence in every bite…. this cake is both gluten and dairy free. Its made with whole quinoa (if you can believe that!?!) and absolutely no flour of any kind! You actually blend up the quinoa. Apparently quinoa is a super-food. I’ve never really been a big fan, but this cake looked so good I just had to try it…..and ya know what?!? It IS! It’s got a rich chocolatey flavor, and it freezes well too! Its rather filling, so it lasts a while…….you may just have to share! Enjoy! 🙂

 Chocolate Quinoa Cake (Printable Version)

2/3 cup white or golden quinoa
1 1/3 cup water
1/3 cup almond milk
4 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup non-dairy butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Rinse the quinoa. Add to pan and bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow the quinoa to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.

Combine the almond milk, eggs and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Add 2 cups cooked quinoa and the butter and continue to blend until smooth.

Whisk together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add the contents of the blender and mix well. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 pans and bake on the center oven rack for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely in the pan before serving. Frost if desired. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.

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