Orange and Cinnamon Quinoa Chocolate Brownie

Orange and Cinnamon Quinoa Chocolate Brownie

My Quinoa Chocolate Brownie has been a very popular recipe on my blog and on my Youtube channel Googie’s Kitchen. Therefore I felt it was about time to make a few changes to the recipe. It’s delicious as a chocolate brownie but, for those of you that read my blog or watch my Youtube channel, you will know that I love to experiment. Especially with different flavours.

One of my favourite fruits is orange and I really love chocolate orange too. Oranges during the winter months are a good fruit to have to hand. They are packed with vitamin C which is great to fight off colds and flu. Oranges are also a great flavour enhancer as well. When I put orange and sweet cinnamon together it gave this cake a huge flavour explosion. My husband Howard, son Ted and I all enjoyed this cake and it’s one we will be enjoying again.

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  • Bowl x 2
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Colander
  • Nutribullet or blender
  • Zester
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Juicer or fork
  • Square baking tin
  • Wooden spoon
  • Grease proof paper


  • 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 sweet cinnamon x 1 tbsp
  • Baking powder x 2 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda x 1 tsp
  • Salt x 1 pinch
  • Coconut sugar x 150g
  • Orange x 1 zest and juice
  • Milk x (your choice) 200mls plus extra if necassery
  • Bananas mashed x 2


  • 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.
  • Zest the orange into the bowl and set the orange aside.
  • 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.
  • Juice the orange into the blender using the juicer or orange.
  • 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.
Orange and Cinnamon Quinoa Chocolate Brownie

Orange and Cinnamon Quinoa Chocolate Brownie was a huge hit in my little house. My husband Howard, son Ted and I loved this chocolate brownie. We nearly had a fight over the last slice but I’m pleased to say the chef, me, won that battle. The brownie can be frozen and eaten on another occasion. You could freeze the slices separately and remove them when you want too. The cake is a great after meal treat or a delicious mid morning or mid afternoon snack as well. It could also be a brilliant addition to a packed lunch box. However you decide to eat this sweet treat, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx