Gluten free Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Quinoa cake – What if I told you, there is a recipe for a chocolate cake that’s not just super fudgy and full of chocolate, but is also made without even a single grain of flour? That would be great wouldn’t it? Well then, today is your lucky day, because this is exactly what you’ll get here! Main ingredients of this terrific cake are quinoa, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and eggs.


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After the last few years in which Quinoa became the thing for some dietary enthusiasts there’s probably zero chance that you haven’t at least hear of quinoa before. Howsoever I’ll fill you in on the  essentials. Just in case 😉

First things first, quinoa is an “ancient” grain that has been cultivated in South America for the last 6000 years. For this reason it seems to be legit to says it’s super “ancient”. At least that’s what you can read about quinoa all over the internet. On the other hand, given the fact that the earth and the rest of its vegetation is pretty old too, I think it’s a bit pointless. I’m mean, come on guys .. rice wasn’t invented 50 years ago either.

Back on topic!  Quinoa is generally considered one of the healthier alternatives to wheat.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake – Here are my top 4 reasons why quinoa rocks:

  • Quinoa isn’t a “grain” – It’s a seed (a pseudocereal) and has nothing to do with traditional wheat, therefore it’s naturally gluten free.
  • It DOES contain all the essential amino acids, which makes it a truly complete food!
  • Quinoa contains a good amount of protein.
  • It has loads of minerals – especially potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.


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What I think is the best thing about this recipe is that it’s so full of chocolate flavor, that I didn’t miss normal flour at all. Using pureed quinoa as “dough” resulted in a super moist chocolate cake with a texture right between dense and fluffy. I know, this might sound irritating but I guess you’ll just have to try it. Admittedly, there are other similar recipes for this cake out there, which I thought about making. Then I cought myself, making mental changes to the recipe which ultimately led me to my own version.

The only prerequisite in order to make chocolate quinoa cake is, that you own a blender so you can mix the cooked quinoa into a smooth dough. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure you could give this recipe a try even without a blender. The only thing is that the texture would be somewhat different and a bit grainier. Then again, I didn’t try it yet, so feel free to experiment and let me know how you liked it.


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Gluten free Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Vorbereitungszeit: 30 Minuten

Kochzeit: 60 Minuten

Gesamtzeit: 1 Stunde, 30 Minuten

Menge: 12

Gluten free Chocolate Quinoa Cake


  • 400 g cooked quinoa
  • 300 - 400ml milk (start with 300 and see how it goes)
  • 4 eggs (seperated)
  • 100 g cocoa powder
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 7 cardamom pods (ground seeds only)
  • 70 g butter (at room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • caramel pudding mix for about 500 ml milk (optional, but tastes great with the chocolate)


  1. In a blender (or food processor), combine the cooked quinoa, the milk, a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract and mix until you smooth.
  2. In a seperate bowl, add the yolks the cocoa powder, 50 g of the butter and ground cardamom seeds. Take a mixer and mix until everything is well combined and smooth, then add the blended quinoa and combine.
  3. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold them into the chocolate dough.
  4. Pour the dough into a buttered cake pan and bake in a preheated oven on 350°F (180°C) for about an hour or until a skewer comes smooth and clean out of the cake if you stick it in.
  5. Let the cake cool to room temp.
  6. In the meanwhile you could prepare a caramell pudding if you want to fill your cake (jam works great too)
  7. For the chocolate glaze, melt 100 g of dark chocolate (or any other chocolate you want) with the remaining 20 g of butter over a water bath. Then let it cool a bit so it won't be too runny.
  8. Once the cake is cooled, cut it in half and fill with pudding or jam.
  9. Cover with chocolate glaze and cool for a few hours.
  10. Enjoy with some whipped cream and berries.


This recipe is also included in “18 Love inspired chocolate recipes” on hostessatheart! I highly recommend having a look at this beautiful recipe roundup 🙂

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  1. Antworten

    What a beautiful cake! It looks absolutely delicious.

      • David
      • Januar 30, 2017

      Thank you so much! 🙂