Make Ahead

Healthy Chocolate Quinoa cupcakes

August 27, 2013
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  • Makes 24 cupcakes
Author Notes

This is a recipe I came across in a book about 15 years ago, and over the years I have modified it so much that its a favorite that no one else seems to be able to make! Its a healthy, tasty, gluten free option for dessert or snack time.
It's sooo good! —karine

What You'll Need
  • quinoa part
  • 2/3 cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • cake mix
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla (I use pure)
  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup Oatmeal or Coconut (optional)
  1. quinoa part
  2. Soak the quinoa in lots of water for 3-5 minutes. Then wash and rinse quinoa few times to get fully rinsed (or it will have a bitter taste).
  3. Bring quinoa and 1 1/3 cups of water to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low for 8 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and leave covered for extra 8 minutes. Then fluff quinoa with a fork and set aside to allow to cool.
  1. cake mix
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease muffin pans (24) or 2 x 8" cake pans.
  3. Mix the milk, eggs and vanilla. Add 2 cups of the cooked quinoa, honey and butter and blend until really smooth, no chunks (works real good with food processor).
  4. Mix brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in bowl. Add to liquid mixture, blend for 1 minute.
  5. Put batter into muffin tins or cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Let cool down, then enjoy!!
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2 Reviews

karen March 3, 2014
I agree with the previous comment. Did used 1 tsp of baking powder too.
Asli O. December 26, 2013
I've been trying different recipes with quinoa, and I was really excited to come across this recipe because I am a chocoholic. After I had started mixing, I realized the recipe didn't say if the butter neede to be hard, room temperature, or melted. I went ahead and melted it. Also it didn't say how much baking powder we needed. I put a tsp. It didn't look anything like the picture, but it ended up tasting amazing. I would love to give this recipe another try with the corrections.