Made with whole quinoa, this hearty cake is both naturally sweet and filling. 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. Recipe adapted from Home Made Winter

10 Ingredients

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


<ol> <li>Preheat oven to 350 degrees.</li> <li>Combine quinoa with 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Drain well and set aside.</li> <li>Dip a pastry brush in melted butter and use it to grease inside of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.</li> <li>Put remaining melted butter in a large bowl, and mix with brown sugar and raisins until evenly&nbsp;distributed.&nbsp;Add apples and cooked quinoa, and stir to combine.</li> <li>In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger and&nbsp;nutmeg, if using.&nbsp;Add dry ingredients to&nbsp;wet ingredients and stir to evenly combine.</li> <li>Scrape mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 to&nbsp;60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and top of cake is golden brown.</li> <li>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.</li></ol>

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