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Apple Oat Quinoa Cake


Quinoa cake3Good morning!  I’m excited to start this week off with Quinoa!  Pronounced keen-wa, this whole grain is a favorite among the gluten free and vegetarian crowd.  It’s easily digestible for those with sensitive stomachs, and unlike other whole grains contains all the essential amino acids that whole protein foods have!

A popular way to prepare Quinoa is similar to cooking brown rice.  We’ve enjoyed it with some black beans in the past.  It does however have a flavor that I think takes a little getting used to.  One way to slowly get used to this new flavor is to use Quinoa flower in baked goods.  This is a great gateway to trying out Quinoa.  Quinoa flour does lack gluten, so when preparing baked items that need to be raised, try just substituting 50% with quinoa flour.  This is what we did with our “Quookies”, and then again yesterday with our Apple-Oat Cake.  Our final recipe is below:

Apple-Oat Quinoa Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup Quinoa flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugarQuinoa cake2
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 medium apples, chopped

Streusel topping

  • 2 TBL. butter
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup Quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds are delicious)

Mix cake ingredients together and set aside. Prepare streusel topping and set aside.  Grease a 9X9X2 square pan.  Pour half of cake batter into pan.  Pour half of streusel topping in pan.  Finish off with rest of cake batter, then rest of streusel topping.  Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until cooked through.

The reaction: Not bad.  Nate like it.  Erica wouldn’t try it. Husband and neighbor said it was OK, not horrible.   Michael (2 year old nephew pictured below) wasn’t so sure what he thought, but wasn’t interested in finishing it.  Either way, experimenting with Quinoa flour is a great idea if you are looking to add some complete protein into your children’s diets.

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Natalie Monson

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Love it! I’ve made various versions of my Quinoa salad and my toddlers generally do like it. Thanks for sharing this recipe (I love to find other ways to get in Quinoa in our diets). Love how you included the taste test results. I’m sure I’d love this one!

You know what I think at least your tried it. I had one child who ate everything and another who was very picky, but I didn’t give in. I kept trying new recipes even if I had to hide the vegetables in the foods he does like. I used my taste buds to create meals he would eat. I did hide it before but I don’t know to the weening him off and keeping the vegetables on the table for him to see. I will try this recipe and even if they don’t like it. I know they will eat it and try it because that is what I teach my kids. Plus I don’t buy the garbage processed foods except for cereals which my kids know in order to put it in the shopping basket it has to have 8grams or less of sugar per cup. It’s all about not giving up! and staying strong. Oh and being very creative. Last night I got a meal sent to me for supper. It didn’t have vegetables in it. Thankfully I had left over leek, potato and zucchini soup which I added to the noodles, I also had frozen corn, and left over zucchini which I diced up and added it with some garlic salt, and Olive oil. My kids loved it! That with cut up vegetables on the side for my picky eater and a salad for the rest of us it was a very good meal. See DON’T Give up and Educate the children in a loving way.

I am disappointed to see sugar in your recipes. Refined sugar is everything that “Super Healthy” is not…….
Will try experimenting with recipe without using sugar.