Quinoa Cakes With Apple Sauce

Apr 19, 2012 by

I was super excited when I came across this recipe. I love Quinoa. It is by far my most favourite grain. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, and provides many nutritional benefits to my joy and comfort :-) I like to make “special pancakes” for my kids. This certainly is a very special pancake. I also wanted to make Apple Sauce to go with it. I got the Quinoa Cakes recipe from Martha Stewart. I swear, her recipes never fail me! Even when I make slight substitutions, whatever I make always comes out great.

I was attracted to this recipe because I wanted to have some kid-friendly quinoa recipes ready to go. I need them to be easy, tasty and enjoyable by my kids. I believe this did the trick. My apple sauce addition paired well with them and tasted awesome! The texture came out so smooth – the quinoa was hardly noticeable. Amazing.


Quinoa Cakes with Apple Sauce



Quinoa Pancakes With Apple Sauce
Recipe Type: Breakfast or Brunch
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 4-6
A healthy pancake made with superfood Quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup + more for serving
  • Cooking spray
  • Apple Sauce:
  • 2 Apples, peeled, cores removed, diced (I used Royal Gala)
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Juice
  1. Start the apple sauce first – place apple, sugar, cinnamon and apple juice in a small saucepan. Cover and cook on low heat 30-45 minutes or until you have reached a desired consistency. Stir occasionally every 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix quinoa, flour, baking powder and salt
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, butter, milk and syrup until smooth
  4. Add wet ingredients into dry
  5. Lightly coat a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium heat
  6. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonful into skillet
  7. Cook until bubbles appear on top for about 2 minutes
  8. Flip and cook until golden brown for another 2 minutes
  9. Repeat in batches until batter is finished
  10. Serve with apple sauce or fruits and maple syrup

This recipe yields about 18 2-inch pancakes
Quinoa Cake Recipe from http://www.marthastewart.com/329047/quinoa-cakes
The apple sauce took the longest to cook – about 40 minutes to reduce


See the difference between cooked and uncooked Quinoa? It fluffs up quite a bit. A little goes a long way. I usually cook one cup of quinoa at a time and it lasts me a few days – depending on what I end up doing with it.


Uncooked & Cooked Quinoa


Here’s the batter – ready to be spooned into the skillet. Making them this small meant a few batches, but it was well worth it. I’ll try making them a little bigger next time.


Quinoa Cake Batter


I don’t know about you, but I always mess up the first batch. The second set is usually a lot better. They taste the same, but aren’t as pretty.


Quinoa Cakes in skillet


They are so tiny and cook quickly, so you can’t leave them unattended. The most I could do was stir the apple sauce and then get back to the cakes.


Quinoa Cakes in skillet


Confession: I popped a few of these into my mouth before I added the syrup and apple sauce. Sorry. They smelled really good.


Naked Quinoa Cakes


And then there was a feast.


Quinoa Cakes with Apple Sauce and Maple Syrup


We had leftovers.


Take good care, friends!




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  1. Love the recipe, will try it this weekend!

  2. I usually just toss leftover cooked quinoa in a salad, but this is a great idea! Can’t wait to try!

  3. oh wow this is such a great idea! they look delicious!!

  4. Those little cakes look amazing!I love quinoa – very interesting way to use it.

  5. Yum! Great recipe; I will definitely be making these soon.

  6. Oh breakfast doesn’t get healthier than this! Love how fluffy these pancakes are and serving them with apple sauce is a fabulous idea Lyn. :)

    • Oh thank you so much! I was really trying to use up the apples :-) Worked out well and I’m so happy to share! I appreciate your comment!

  7. Nothing beats a healthy and delicious breakfast like this!

  8. I love love Quinoa but somehow I don’t make it much becoz my hubby is not much of a fan of it…
    But these babies look delicious, I have to give these a try, I am sure they will convert him a bit…
    Breakfast like this will keep the day good….

  9. I wish I could find Quinoa in Jamaica … these I would definitely try!

    • It has to be there somewhere. Everything is available in JA! Go uptown! Loshusan Supermarket may have it. They have Salmon steaks. You never know…

  10. I just….I don’t know how to feel about Quinoa. I don’t know if I like it. HOWEVER-these pancakes look awesome, and now I kinda sorta reaally wanna make quinoa cakes!

    • Ha! You know what Kayle? The first time I had it, I thought it was weird. Then I cooked it in chicken broth and I was okay. And now that I’m learning how versatile it is, its just wonderful to incorporate it into my meals. If you made these pancakes, you would not notice the quinoa as much as if you had it in some other dish. So I kinda sorta really hope you do make quinoa!!!