Chocolate Quinoa Bread

It’s the end of the month which means we are wrapping up Quinoa Month!  What better way to end the month than with some chocolate!

I originally set out to make brownies but this experiment turned out a lot more quick bread-like and not so brownie-like.  However it’s still super tasty and full of chocolate goodness!

Andrea’s Chocolate Quinoa Bread

  • 1C Whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2C Unbleached All-Purpose flour
  • 1 1/2C Cooked quinoa
  • 1/4C Cane sugar
  • 1/4C Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2tsp Baking powder
  • 1tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1TBSP Ground flax
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2C Crushed walnuts
  • 1/2C Dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4C Soymilk
  • 1/2C Coffee
  • 2tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a brownie pan or 8inch square casserole dish with nonstick spray, set aside.   In a medium size mixing bowl combine the soymilk, vanilla, and coffee.  In a large mixing bowl combine all other ingredients except the walnuts and chocolate chips.  Whisk to get all ingredients combined and fluffed.  Add in the nuts and chocolate chips, then add in the soymilk mixture.  Gently stir until everything is combined and then add the mixture to the baking dish.  The batter is a bit thick so make sure that you even it out with a spoon once it’s in the baking dish.  Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I would try but words really can’t describe the chocolate gloriousness of this cake.  It’s rich and decadent but not so heavy that you feel weighted down by dessert.  It’s full of whole grains, quinoa, and nuts making it packed with protein and lots of good stuff for you body.  Along with the antioxidants of the dark chocolate of course!

Even though this did not turn out like brownies, it still turned out and I’m really happy with that!  Sometimes I think a lot of us might be afraid to experiment in the kitchen because we are afraid of failing.  But sometimes those failures will turn into surprises successes!  You just never know until you try.

Have fun guys and remember, always play with your food!  Enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Chocolate Quinoa Bread

    • Thanks Jenn! When I was looking at brownie recipes, they all had leavening agents in them which is why I went that route. I’ll play around some more and see what I can come up with!

      Thank you Diana! It was really tasty!

  1. Wendy says:

    I at first read of the recipe thought you meant 1/2 cup of coffee grounds and then I second guessed myself and made a 1/2 cup of coffee. As soon as I combined all of the ingredients I realized I am sure you meant 1/2 cup of coffee grounds and I am going to have a huge mess….I’m not sure what it’s going to turn out like? it was a soupy mixture when I poured into 8×8 pan. Huge waste of ingredients….I would just clear that up on your recipe so that no one else makes the mistake.

  2. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the great recipe, I’ve been cooking with quinoa for 20 years. Always happy to find new recipes. Could I substitue protein powder for some of the flour? If so, do you know the equivalent? Thanks again, happy baking!

    • Hi Kathy, I haven’t done that before so I’m not sure. You’ll have to play around with it and see! :) I would start off subbing out just a little amount though and go from there.

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