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Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

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. 

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

I must owe my appreciation for breakfast bakes to Ashley for, years ago, introducing me to her infamous buckwheat breakfast bakeIt 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. 

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

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. 

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

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. 

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

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!! 

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

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!

chocolate quinoa breakfast bake

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! 

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake: Earthy and sweet without any gluten, dairy, oil or sugar! Click To Tweet

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bake (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1

Calories per serving: 245


  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flour *
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 heaped Tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries (optional)
  • 1/2 a medium ripe pear diced (optional)
  • Additional berries, almond butter and coconut for topping


  1. Combine flax and water and set aside 10 minutes until frothed up and "eggy"
  2. Lightly grease a small ramekin or microwave safe mug
  3. Combine all dry ingredients (preferably sifting flours) and stir well so there are no clumps
  4. Combine almond milk with flax egg and vanilla before pouring into the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir together and gently fold in blueberries and pear (if using)
  6. Pour batter into ramekin or mug (if microwaving)
  7. Microwave on high for 2.5 minutes OR bake in the oven at 375C for 20 minutes.


* If quinoa flour isn't your thing, you can very well substitute with any flour of choice (buckwheat, whole wheat, spelt, chickpea - just not almond or coconut - and consistency may slightly differ).

** Feel free to add 1-2 tsp of your favorite liquid or granulated sweetener, or 1/4 tsp stevia/truvia

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  1. SuzLyfe | 21st Apr 16

    YUM. Obviously this would be delicious!
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  2. Kate | 21st Apr 16

    I’d love a little cake in the morning! Especially with the cocoa!
    In one our food labs someone made flat bread with quinoa flour and it was out of this world! The nutty flavor was irresistible. I’m going to have to visit the bulk bin and get me enough to try this out.
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Its so surprising – you think it would be really bitter or strong like buckwheat – but it seriously isn’t. Who would have known!

  3. Stephanie Leduc | 21st Apr 16

    Omg I love this, its like cake for breakfast, which I love.
    I’d have to look into buying some Quinoa flour though, can you use regular flour as a sub?
    I’m not much of a different flour kind of gal haha! I definitely would buy it though, so who knows maybe I will!

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      You could use regular flour I can only assume… it just wouldn’t have the same taste. I would think my measurements would work with any flour (just not coconut or almond) because there aren’t many other ingredients that could mess it up anyways. But try the quinoa!!! It makes this thing what it is 🙂

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 21st Apr 16

    yum i’d be up for chocolate cake for breakfast!!
    There’s a crepe place near my apartment that does buckwheat batter and i can actually eat it! Soo delicious!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      CREPES! Buckwheat makes the best pancakes and crepes. No idea why but I could sure go for some right about now…

  5. Lyss | 21st Apr 16

    Yumm!!I have been wanting to try quinoa for breakfast as I see so many people have been. This recipe looks delish!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Its a good fad to go around!

  6. Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl | 21st Apr 16

    I love quinoa flour and making quinoa flake bakes, I definitely need to try it with flour!

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      You are the quinoa flake queen – I love your bakes! You definitely need to try one with flour now.

  7. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 21st Apr 16

    Um…heck yes! I need to go get myself some quinoa flour now.
    The other day at the gym, a couple of girls were talking about having chocolate cake for breakfast. Somehow I ended up talking to the girl in the locker next to me about cake for breakfast. I told her I had heard of quinoa chocolate cake. “Isn’t that awesome?” I said. “You’d be getting all the health benefits of quinoa with your chocolate cake.”
    She said, “Yeah, but quinoa is really high in calories.”
    I wanted to throw something at her. Instead I said, “I try to focus on quality, not so much on quantity.”
    Note to self: don’t have conversations about healthy food (or food in general) with strangers; it often leads to diet talk.
    That being said, I am all about chocolate cake for breakfast and the wonderful health benefits of quinoa, oats, flax and cocoa!
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      GOOD FOR YOU for holding your respect but gently teaching them a lesson. But you are right – unfortunately, yes, we just can’t really bring up nutrition/health food with people we don’t know because the general public just doesn’t have the same understanding. I’ve made this mistake a number of times. It takes a lot of blinders to be in this world and block off what many people will say.
      I guess we should make those girls this cake. And then go get some real chocolate cake and not share with them.

  8. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 21st Apr 16

    Beautiful pictures, Cora! You have me salivating over here! It looks like you nailed the consistency. Pears and bluebs look perfect!
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  9. Heather@hungryforbalance | 21st Apr 16

    This looks like such a perfect little bowl of seemingly indulgent goodness! I will admit that I’ve never tried pears and chocolate before. That will obviously have to change ASAP.

    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      Oh you MUST! Even with your unsweetened bakers chocolate that you like… a pear would go perfectly!

  10. Carmy | 21st Apr 16

    chocolate AND quinoa? sign me up.
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  11. Ellie | 22nd Apr 16

    Girl after my own heart! This looks absolutely delicious Cora. It will make an appearance in my breakfast rotation 🙂
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    • Cora | 23rd Apr 16

      I think you’d like it! It would look perfect in one of your new ramekins.
      Oh and it would probably be great with coconut butter! Though I’ve only ever had it with peanut butter.

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  13. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 24th Apr 16

    This is a great ingredient list, and I love the protein comes from quinoa flour.

  14. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 24th Apr 16

    I have always hd such poor luck cooking with quinoa and gave up on it considering I din’t like it all that much in the first place. However, this sounds like a much more fool-proof way to go about cooking it. Will have to give this one a shot!
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