Quinoa Chocolate Brownie


Gifts from Grandpa is my NEW recipe book – out NOW and available to buy on Amazon for only £19.99. Plus £1 from the sale of each book will go to Crisis the homeless charity.
Quinoa Chocolate Brownie

Brownies are one of my favourite desserts or sweet treats. Personally for me a chocolate brownie is the best dessert after a meal. Especially when it’s served with ice cream or cream. Plus I love making them and I have several brownie recipes on my blog.

As I now have a problem with gluten I always use different allergy free flours to make my brownies. When I was making my last quinoa bread I thought about how I could make this into a sweet bread/brownie. Since I started making these breads I have discovered that quinoa is a very versatile ingredient.

We eat quinoa a lot with curries and stews. I’ve always known I could make cakes with it but I was never sure how. Then I start to experiment and I found it’s a great alternative to plain flour. So pleased I decided to experiment with a brownie recipe first. These brownies are light and airy with a deliciously sweet chocolate taste to them. It’s definitely one I will be making again.

Makes 12

Equipment

Quinoa Chocolate Brownies
  • Bowl x 2
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Colander
  • Nutribullet or blender
  • Teaspoon
  • Square baking tin
  • Wooden spoon
  • Grease proof paper

Ingredients

  • Medjool dates x 10 – 12
  • Hot Water x enough to cover the dates
  • Quinoa x 200g
  • Gluten free oats x 100g
  • Raw cacao powder x 60g
  • Ground cinnamon x 1 tsp
  • Baking powder x 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda x 1 tsp
  • Salt x 1 pinch
  • Coconut sugar x 150g
  • Milk x (your choice) 200mls plus extra if necassery
  • Bananas mashed x 2

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas mark 4.
  • Next pre-line a square baking tin with grease proof paper.
  • Remove the stones from the dates and put into a bowl.
  • Boil the kettle and pour over enough water to cover them.
  • Leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  • Now grind the quinoa and oats in the blender or Nutribullet.
  • Then add the quinoa, oats, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt to the large mixing bowl.
  • Mix all these ingredients together.
  • After 5 minutes, drain the dates through a colander.
  • Peel and roughly break up the bananas.
  • Add these to the nutribullet/blender.
  • Now add the dates and milk too.
  • Blend these ingredients together.
  • Pour these ingredients into the large mixing bowl and mix everything together.
  • The mixture might be a little dry so add extra milk if necessary.
  • Once all the dry ingredients are covered in the wet ingredients, set aside.
  • Put the brownie mixture into the pre-lined baking tin and flatten with the wood spoon.
  • Put into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.
  • To check it’s cooked put a skewer in and if it comes out clean the brownie is done.
  • Once it’s cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for a good 30 minutes.
  • When it’s cool enough to touch, remove from the baking tray and leave until completely cooled.
  • Cut into squares, serve with coconut cream and maple syrup or eat on it’s own and enjoy.
Quinoa Chocolate Brownie

Quinoa Chocolate Brownie is a great way to enjoy a healthy grain while making it into a sweet treat. My husband and son are not so keen on quinoa with a dinner but when I made these brownies they were impressed. My husband thought it was a good way to eat quinoa and he really enjoyed these brownies. However you decide to eat these brownies, as always, enjoy! xxx

What’s your favourite dessert? Let me know in the comments below and please don’t forget to like and follow me. Thank you. xxx