This Baked Quinoa Flax Cake is the answer for anyone looking for a grain free alternative to traditional baked oatmeal. Made from quinoa flakes, coconut milk, yogurt, and egg whites, and subtly flavored with coconut oil and cinnamon, it’s a warming way to begin a winter’s day that takes just five minutes to prepare before you put it in the oven to bake while you get ready for your day.
I absolutely adore my oatmeal cakes, and I’ve shared many recipes here on the blog. From Blueberry Muffin to Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cinnamon to Cookie Dough, oatmeal cakes are a staple winter breakfast for a gluten free girl. Or at least they were, until this winter arrived and I had been instructed to limit grains. First, I had to figure out what counted as a grain. A simple task for Paleo friends, or so I thought, but apparently there’s a lot of debate about quinoa. According to my understanding, it’s a seed, and it’s perfectly acceptable for a grain free way of eating.
It also happens to be sold in regular form as well as in flakes that create a hot cereal. I didn’t know about that second part until a few weeks ago, even though I’ve been cooking and eating regular quinoa for years! When I bought my first box and opened it, I saw the flakes were much smaller than rolled oats, but thought they might work in a similar style of breakfast cake. I’m happy to say, after some trial and error, that my hunch was correct.
As you’ll see in the photos, the quinoa flakes create a cake of slightly different consistency to oats, since they actually “uncurl” as quinoa typically does. But that makes for quite a sturdy cake, when mixed with the other ingredients, and it’s a dairy free and nut free cake as well. You can use any of the flavor combinations from my baked oatmeal recipes to whip one up and see for yourself!
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup yogurt*
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tbsp golden ground flaxseed meal
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Additional oil or cooking spray for ramekin
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients, then add in wet and mix well.
- Pour into greased ramekin and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, then set to low broil for 2-3 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Have you ever tried quinoa flakes?
Do you try to find alternatives for different dietary restrictions?
Favorite grain free baked good?
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