6 Quinoa Recipes You'll Actually Want to Eat

Published On 01/19/2016 Published On 01/19/2016
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How to Make Quinoa

Total Time:  20 minutes
Yield:  3 cups


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water


  • Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer with cool water for about 2 minutes; drain well. Don't skip this step! It removes the bitterness that quinoa naturally has.
  • Combine rinsed quinoa and water in a 2-quart saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff quinoa gently with a fork.
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Quinoa Fritters Recipe

Total Time:  25 minutes
Yield:  8


  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen hash browns
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil


  • Place hash browns in a large glass bowl and microwave for 3 minutes, until warm. Add the cooked quinoa and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Preheat a large skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add oil and heat until it shimmers (about 1 minute). Scoop quinoa mixture with an ice cream scooper into the pan and smash it flat with a metal spatula. Make more patties to fill the skillet (without overcrowding). Cook until the undersides are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  • Serve with aioli, ketchup, or Sriracha mayo.
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Chocolate Quinoa Cake Recipe

Total Time:  50 minutes, plus chilling time
Yield:  9x13-inch cake


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 4 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan; set aside.
  • Combine quinoa, butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth. Stop the machine as needed to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. It should be thick and creamy, with no beads of quinoa left.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the blender contents to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Pour batter into the pan and bake for 28-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before inverting it onto a wire cooling rack. Let it cool completely before frosting.
  • Place chocolate chips in a medium-size glass bowl. Heat the cream in a medium saucepan until it barely simmers. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes to melt.
  • Whisk until chocolate is smooth and glossy. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until completely cool.
  • Once chilled, use an electric mixer to whip the chocolate cream into soft peaks.
  • Scoop the frosting onto the cake and gently spread it across to the edge.
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Quinoa "Mac" and Cheese Recipe

Total Time:  35 minutes
Yield:  4 cups


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar


  • Preheat oven to 375℉.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, and mustard. Add quinoa and cheese. Stir until combined.
  • Spoon mac and cheese into greased ramekins or a small baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is bubbling.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
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Quinoa Pudding Recipe

Total Time:  45 minutes
Yield:  6 cups


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Diced strawberries and chopped pistachios for serving


  • Combine milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add quinoa; stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature or chill it in the fridge for cold pudding.
  • Spoon quinoa pudding into small bowls and top with strawberries and pistachios.
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Quinoa Pizza Crust Recipe

Total Time:  30 minutes
Yield:  8 small slices


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 425℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine quinoa and mozzarella. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, olive oil, and baking powder. Add the egg mixture to the quinoa. Stir until well combined.
  • Spread the quinoa mixture into a ¼-inch slab on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
  • Top the crust with toppings of choice and return pizza to the oven for 5 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
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Chocolate Quinoa Truffles Recipe

Total Time:  30 minutes, plus chilling time
Yield:  48 truffles


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate for coating


  • Combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, Nutella, cocoa powder, and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until combined and smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add quinoa and oats; mix until combined.
  • Scoop tablespoons of the mixture and roll them into balls with your hand. Place on a baking sheet and cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Remove the chocolate balls from the fridge and dunk them in the melted chocolate. Place them on a wire rack to set.



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