Quinoa Chocolate Cake

It has a dense, moist texture and intense chocolate flavour

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup semi-skimmed milk (any milk, or milk alternative would work)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Chocolate chips (optional for topping)

Directions
Making Quinoa
Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. 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.

Assembling
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a pie tin (two 8-inch round or square cake pans).

Combine the milk, eggs and vanilla in a blender. Add cooked quinoa and the butter and continue to blend until smooth (about 2 minutes, do not want it grainy).

Whisk together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add the contents of the blender and mix well. Place the batter in your chosen baking dish (can add chocolate chips to the top if you would like) and bake on 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.

Benefits of Quinoa
One of the world’s healthiest foods, quinoa contains a perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids, and is a great source of protein, making it a popular food choice for those looking to incorporate superfoods into their diets.
Gluten-free, wheat-free, and nutrient-packed, quinoa is ideal for those who are health-conscious, vegetarian, or physically active, as well as for those with gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, and other digestive disorders.
But that’s not all; you can eat quinoa guiltlessly knowing it’s free of cholesterol and trans fats, contains natural antioxidants, and is a source of vitamin E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium.

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