Quinoa Spice Cake? (from Ecosalon)

Okay, I haven’t tried this, but it looks really yummy.

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Quinoa Spice Cake (copied from EcoSalon — click the link, it also has a lot of good info about quinoa, a grain I honestly haven’t explored much but might have to after seeing this!)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 large organic apple, peeled and diced
3 organic eggs
1 stick organic butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup organic raisins (optional)
dash of nutmeg or allspice
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract (or switch out for orange extract)

Cook quinoa and set aside. To cook quinoa, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of salt and let simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until water has cooked off.

Mix dry ingredients.

Whisk butter and eggs together and add to dry mixture.

Combine all ingredients, including quinoa, and stir in apple pieces.

Pour into a greased 9-inch round pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350F.

The best part about this recipe? It tastes great with a multitude of extras thrown in. Play around with a handful of chocolate chips and some candied ginger for a real treat.

Note: This recipe works great for vegans too – just switch out the butter for margarine and the eggs for an egg replacer.

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Quinoa is one of those grains I’ve tried but honestly am not real comfortable with…its texture is sort of Odd to me, but apparently it’s very high in protein and magnesium, and it’s gluten-free.  So maybe I’ll have to explore it some more.

(Look how little sugar is in that recipe. Wonder if I could get any zucchini in there? But look at all that butter…wonder if I could substitute applesauce or zucchini for some of it?)

Anyone else have some good quinoa recipes or experiences they could share with me?

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Posted on November 17, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. one of the things that isnt mentioned is that prior to cooking it, you have to rinse the quinoa in cold water several times until the water isnt cloudy at all. If you dont do this, apparently the stuff congeals in a big sticky ball. I cant verify this as the thought of the result is too icky to imagine.
    You can make a good cold salad with cooked quinoa, some chopped veggies (zucchini, corn, peas, green or red pepper, onion, whatever. chopped cilantro, lime juice, and a little olive oil is the dressing. salt and pepper. a little cumin is nice. play with it.
    You can also use quinoa in place of rice in a pilaf, or in place of bulghar in about any recipe. Quinoa is a little weird looking, but good.

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