Who wants chocolate cake for breakfast? How about some deep, dark chocolatey cake for breakfast? How about cake for breakfast that is sugar free, gluten free, oil free, dairy and egg free and takes a mere 5 minutes from start to finish? This Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake may just be your new best friend.
Though if you said no to any of these things…we should probably have a chat.
I must owe my appreciation for breakfast bakes to Ashley for, years ago, introducing me to her infamous buckwheat breakfast bake. It took me a little while to acclimatize my sweet tooth to the natural, earthy flavor of some gluten free flours – such as buckwheat – but once it gets ya, I tell ya, it gets ya.
After enjoying her bakes so much – and with my new fascination for those earthy flours – I started experimenting a little more on my own. I was already a huge quinoa fan (and its endless health benefits) so I was curious to try baking with quinoa flour.
I’m not sure what my first experiment with quinoa flour was, but I remember being SO pleasantly surprised. Earthy and nutty like buckwheat – but much more naturally sweet and not as powerful. In other words, waaaay better.
If you aren’t clear on all the benefits of quinoa, let me quickly run a few by you.
Quinoa is actually not a grain, but rather a pseudo cereal and belongs in the same family as the rhubarb plant! It is naturally gluten-free and contains high levels of iron, magnesium, B-vitamins, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. In fact it has almost twice as much fiber as other grains. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and is comprised of all 9 essential amino acids, including Lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Quinoa also contains a healthy dose of fatty acids, including heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acids. Most foods lose their healthy fatty acids when oxidized, but quinoa’s nutrients hold up to boiling, simmering and steaming. Source.
Of course, if quinoa flour really isn’t your thing, this bake can be used with any flour substitute of your choosing (just not coconut or almond). But I really, really encourage you to pick up some quinoa flour. Not only for all of its health benefits but because the flavor and texture is UNREAL. You would really never know this bake was made with anything other than regular flour.
But now onto the chocolate. Combining cocoa powder with quinoa flour yields a deep and earthy flavor that is so comforting and rich while being totally sweet enough to not need any added sugar. I’m serious. Chocolate cake people. I nearly threw some maple syrup or stevia into the recipe but wanted to risk the outcome. I’m so, so glad I did.
The addition of pear and berries also really helps add all the sweetness you need. If you have not yet tried the magic of chocolate with pears or berries, you MUST get on this (its only my evening snack 4/7 nights of the week, ya know). The berries burst, giving the cake extra pockets of juice and the pears add that slight bit of crunch and extra sweetness. I highly recommend these additions. So. Much. Perfection!!
Not only does this chocolate quinoa breakfast bake not contain any oil or dairy, but I didn’t even need to use applesauce or banana as an oil replacement. The texture comes out perfectly cake like – soft and light – yet sturdy enough to hold all your toppings. After only a couple minutes in the microwave it puffs right on up to double its size. Magic I tell ya!
All in all, this Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake blew my mind. It makes me feel like an earthy hippy, while still getting all the chocolatey sweetness my sweet tooth desires. I start my day knowing I’ve put only amazing, nutrient dense ingredients into my body, and nothing else. And if that doesn’t put a smile on my face, someone bring me back down to earth.
Oh and if you are not so much a microwave fan, I’ve also tried making this bake in the oven and it works just as well. Now – get onto that breakfast!
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