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Quinoa chocolate cake

This cake was baked (and photographed) by a good friend and talented baker, Iris, in Seattle Washington.  The recipe was adapted from morestomach.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (about 1/3 cup dried quinoa; for cooking instructions click here)
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (200 mL)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

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Combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients then add wet to dry slowly and mix until blended. Pour the batter into a small pan and bake for 45 minutes at 375 F or until a fork comes out clean when pierced through the middle of the cake.

Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack then dust with confectioner’s sugar. Enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving or 1/8th of the recipe):

  • Calories: 158
  • Carbs: 21 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Fat: 8.4 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
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These cookies are high in fibre and are a source of protein, so you can feel a little less guilty about eating them.  For a gluten-free version, replace the oats with extra quinoa or another grain of your choice. (This recipe was adapted from: http://kazualkreative.com/).

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa (2/3 cups dry cooked with 1 1/3 cups water–for instructions, click here)

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cups natural, salted peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup dry shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325˚F (170˚C). Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (I find it works best to mix all ingredients but the chocolate together while the quinoa is still warm). Form into cookies, flatten, and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes (or until golden brown). Makes 24 cookies. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition (per 1 cookie):

  • Calories: 103
  • Carbs: 10 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Fibre: 1.5 g

This is a recipe I made as a food sample for a nutrition booth at a family residence at UBC. The results: 9 out of 10 kids (aged 3-12) thought it tasted “really yummy.” This smoothie makes a great breakfast or post-workout snack. The flax seeds add fibre and omega-3 and the addition of peanut butter and/or hemp hearts gives it extra protein and calories.

Ingredients:

1 ripe fresh or frozen banana

3/4 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy etc.)

1-2 tsp unsweetened cocoa (or carob) powder

1 tbsp flax seeds

Optional: 1-2 tsp sugar or maple syrup, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp hemp hearts

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Enjoy! Makes 1 serving (adult-size).

Nutrition (made with 2% milk):

Without peanut butter and hemp hearts:

  • Calories: 220
  • Carbs: 38 g
  • Protein: 8.5 g
  • Fat: 5.6 g
  • Fibre: 5 g
  • Calcium: 236 mg (24% DV)
  • Iron: 1 mg (7% DV)

With peanut butter (1 tbsp) and hemp hearts (1 tbsp):

  • Calories: 375
  • Carbs: 43 g
  • Protein: 15.6 g
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Fibre: 6.6 g
  • Calcium: 244 mg (24% DV)
  • Iron: 1.6 mg (11% DV)

This morning I was on a quest to find a low-fat chocolate mousse recipe. All of the recipes I found online either contained tofu (which I am avoiding right now) or raw eggs. So, I abandoned the low-fat idea and settled on dairy-free after a couple of interesting recommendations from friends. Here is what I came up with:

Dairy-free chocolate mouse (made with avocado)

This recipe isn’t low calorie, but everyone needs to indulge once in a while! The good thing about it is it’s allergy-friendly: it is gluten-free, soy-free (if you can find chocolate without soy lecithin), dairy-free, and egg-free. I suppose as well it is cholesterol-free, and has healthy monounsaturated fats and fibre from the avocado.

Ingredients:

1 cup avocado flesh (about 1 1/2 medium avocados)

1/2 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

1 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

1/8 tsp salt

3/4 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Blend all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in the microwave (if choosing the microwave: stir every 30 seconds until fully melted). Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and blend well. Portion into small bowls or cups and chill in the fridge about 4 hours (or freezer 1 1/2 hours). Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition info (1 serving):

  • calories: 240 
  • carbs: 30 g
  • protein: 3.7 g 
  • fat: 12 g
  • fibre: 5 g