Quinoa Apple Cake

Made with whole quinoa, this hearty cake is both naturally sweet and filling. It's a recipe I've adapted slightly from Yvette Van Boven's new book, Home Made Winter. Made as is, it's a little bit crumbly, but super moist and delicious. If you want a firmer cake, try adding a lightly beaten egg to the batter to help it hold together. Since quinoa is a great pre-race food choice, I'm planning on making a slice of this cake part of my wholesome breakfast before my next big race!

Adapted slightly from Home Made Winter. Makes 1 loaf.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the quinoa with at least 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and the seeds' "tails" (the little white part) are beginning to uncurl. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Dip a pastry brush in the melted butter and use it to grease the inside of a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan.
  4. Put the remaining melted butter in a large bowl, and mix with brown sugar and raisins until evenly distributed.
  5. Add apples and cooked quinoa and stir to combine.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger/nutmeg if using.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to evenly combine.
  8. Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top of the cake is golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting to help cake maintain its shape.

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