Thursday, December 2, 2010

Quinoa Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Cake (Vegan, GF)

This recipe is originally based off of the Quinoa Applesauce Cake that I see all over the gluten-free web. I veganized it, added chopped apples, cinnamon, added hazelnut meal, rice bran (for fibre), arrow root powder, used roasted hazelnut oil instead of canola and eliminated the sugar by substituting maple syrup instead. I have been drinking the same old smoothie everyday for breakfast, I wanted something crazy, like cake! This makes for a satisfying, and filling breakfast, and it tasted so yummy! You could most likely get away with serving it for dessert with ice cream too.

1 1/4 cups quinoa flour
1/4 cup hazelnut meal (or almond meal), or substitute with another 1/4 cup of quinoa flour
1/4 cup rice bran
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup oil (I used roasted hazelnut oil)
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 flax egg
1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 large apple, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl (including nut meal), set aside. Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl, set aside. Add chopped apple to dry mixture, then add wet mixture to dry and stir until combined. Pour mixture into a greased cake pan, or loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. (I baked mine in 1 hr, 5 min).


  1. Oop...hey, is this vegan and gluten free......and moist?! Amazing! I would love it if you girls came over and baked this for me and my Cauldron Boy. I would even make sure that he didn't throw either one of you in the Cauldron (smile).

  2. Send that our way ;) Looks delicious! Perfect for a cold winter day with a cup of coffee or tea :)


  3. I just discovered your blog thanks to a friend and it's fantastic! I am bookmarking this recipe! :)

  4. I'm quite new to quinoa and have only used it in savoury dishes. Thanks for sharing a sweet one.

  5. I was looking forward to trying this recipe for a week, ever since I discovered your blog. Well I finally got all the ingredients, and gave 'er a whirl! And was horribly disappointed :( I decided to make it in a loaf pan (which I was going to make in a cake pan, and I really should have). It was in the oven for over an hour and twenty minutes, and it was still really saucy inside. The crust was starting to get really dark, so I took it out. I don't know if it was because it was undercooked, but the flavour was just not good at all. The only thing I changed was I don't have any real maple syrup (and didn't have 3/4 cup agave nectar to substitute), so I had to use the crappy "table syrup" which is so common everywhere. But everything else was followed to a T. :( Maybe if I try this again, I will use a cake pan and maybe it'll be better. Even my 12 month old daughter (who will eat just about anything I give her) wouldn't touch it after the first bite :(

  6. @ Natasha: I'm sorry to hear that it didn't turn out for you. :( I don't what could have gone wrong, perhaps the table syrup?

  7. what a great idea for breakfast - or lunch - or with coffee - or supper - great:)

  8. I can't eat much sugar, so will have to substitute for most of the maple syrup. I have some coconut sugar in the house, i could use maybe 1/4 cup of that and then a little liquid stevia. What liquid should I increase to still keep it moist?

  9. @ barb: hmmm I would say up the applesauce...hope it works out!