Do you like quinoa? Do you even know what it is? I am going to admit we are late to the quinoa party. It is a 50/50 split of love it and tolerate it here, but this delicious quinoa, apple and cinnamon cake is loved by the whole family and a great autumn recipe and a fab way of introducing quinoa to kids.
Quinoa pronounced kinwa is a plant grown for its edible seeds, although it is not a true grain ie it is not a grass. It is closely related to species such as beetroots and spinach. It has a high protein content for a cereal (14%) and is used often as a replacement for rice.
Quinoa, apple and cinnamon cake
As you are using cooked quinoa, it is much easier to use a cup method for measuring out the ingredients for this cake, plus cup methods are ace for younger children.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 8 tablespoons melted butter or oil, we used coconut oil.
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 apples, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons mixed spice
- 1 egg
Pre Cook your quinoa, we do 1 cup of quinoa to 2 of liquid and simmer for 20 minutes until the quinoa is translucent and tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
Preheat your oven to 180 degree centigrade of 350 fahrenheit.
Grease and line a loaf tin.
Core and peel your apples before cutting them into small chunks.
Combine your butter/oil in a large bowl, and mix with a beaten egg, brown sugar and raisins until evenly distributed. Add apples and cooked quinoa, and stir to combine.
In a small bowl, mix the rest of your dry ingredients together.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to evenly combine.
Scrape mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and top of cake is golden brown.
Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting to help cake maintain its shape.
It is a beautifully moist cake, reminiscent of carrot cake. It would be perfect with any kind of fruit and would be delicious with peaches and vanilla.
See the other cooking with kids teams Q is for Quinoa recipes here:
Simple Lunchbox Quinoa Salad by Rainy Day Mum
Quinoa Fruit Salad by Still Playing School
Quinoa Lettuce Wraps by Sugar Aunts
See our other A-Z of cooking with kids series here
- A is for Apple muffins
- B is for Banana and chocolate chip muffins
- C is for Carrot cake
- D is for Dough – Pizza recipe
- E is for Eggy bread or french toast
- F is for Flour and M&M cookies
- G is for Grape and yogurt bites
- H is for grilled haloumi and honey mustard salad
- I is for Italian – spaghetti bolognese
- J is for Jam tarts
- K is for Kiwi smoothie
- L is for Lemon Madeira cake
- M is for Mushroom Mini Pizza Bites
- N is for Nuts, Pistachio ice cream
- O is for Olive damper bread on a stick
- P is for Peppers – Chicken fajitas