Gina Sakic

Easy and Delicious Quinoa Chocolate Cake (Gwen's favourite :))


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (3/4 cup uncooked)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (or 1 tbs of coconut butter dissolved in 3/4 cup of water)
  • 4 whole eggs
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 120g melted butter
  • 100g melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maca
  • 1/4 cup mesquite
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs raw honey (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate frosting

  • 150g cream
  • 100g melted dark chocolate (85%)
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs salted butter, melted
  • 2 drops of frankincense essential oil (optional)
  • 1 tbs brain octane oil (optional)

OR for something less 'chocolaty'

Coconut Butter Blackberry Frosting

  • 150g coconut butter, softened
  • 100g coconut oil, softened
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 30g freeze dried blackberry powder (you can use any other type of freeze dried berries or acai powder or maqui powder)
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
  • 3-4 tbs brain octane oil (optional)

*To make cooked quinoa, soak 3/4 cup of well rinsed quinoa for 12 hrs in water with 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar. Rinse, and add it together with 1.5 cups of water to small pot. Bring to a boil, cover then turn to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes*

  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C and line a cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the eggs, coconut milk, honey (if using) and vanilla, and gently blend to combine.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa along with the melted and cooled butter and coconut oil. Blend until completely smooth, about a minute.
  4. Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl (cocoa powder, maca, mesquite, carob, baking powder, baking soda.)
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the blender/food processor and pulse until completely mixed. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides.
  6. Pour the batter in the pan and bake for about 120 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool.
  7. To make Frosting: Mix all the ingredients in high power blender. Frost the cake immediately as coconut oil firms up quickly.