Friday, 7 December 2012

Quinoa Chocolate (Jaffa) Cakes

What better way to celebrate International Year of Quinoa than bake a cake? UNFAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) have declared 2013 Year of Quinoa, so why not take the opportunity to  discover all the wonders of this tiny little seed known as the "gold of the Incas"? 

Hailing from the Peruvian and Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca, quinoa (pronounced keen-WAH) has been the staple food of these Andean communities for thousands of years. The tail of each seed contains all the Essential Amino Acids (EAA), making it an actual protein. Well, here is my offering to the mighty quinoa, Quinoa Chocolate (Jaffa) Cakes.

Quinoa Chocolate (Jaffa) Cakes:

2 cups cooked Quinoa
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon orange rind (optional addition to make Jaffa flavor)

Mix all ingredients together. Blend on medium until smooth. Spoon into patties and bake in moderate oven for approximately 45 minutes. 

We enjoyed eating these cakes plain, however for a real (gluten free) treat  you might like to add some chocolate jaffa icing. Enjoy.

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