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Jun 11, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy

Ma McCarthy's Gluten-free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

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Dear Joyous Readers!

I have updated this recipe and you can find it here.

I know many of you were excited on Instagram when I posted the photo above of my dessert on Sunday night. Lucky for me, my parents came to town to visit on the weekend to celebrate Walker's birthday with us. My mom, being the incredible baker she is made an epically delicious flour-less chocolate cake. It was soooo perfectly chocolatey, incredibly moist and my taste buds were singing with JOY! 

Ma McCarthy totally has a knack for converting recipes to more healthy versions. The original recipe is from Quinoa 365 but this version is joyously-approved because of the healthy swaps my mom made. Now I'm not gonna lie to you and tell you the sugar content is ideal but you can make your own modifications as you see fit. You only have a birthday once a year and this is a worthwhile indulgence

Note to mom if you are reading this: You are more then welcome to make these again for my joyous birthday in December! xox

Have a joyous day!

Joy

Jun 11, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy
28 Comments
Candee   •   June 11, 2014

This sounds & looks awesome! You mentioned in a post yesterday that it could be make without using eggs. I have a friend who is gluten & dairy free & can't have eggs. What would I substitute for the eggs? Thanks!

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Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 12, 2014

Natalie   •   June 11, 2014

Hi Joy, I have made this cake from the 365 book and it was amazing. But i was not atvall happy with the amount of refined sugar in it. Thanks so much to you and your mama for tweeking the recipe! I will make this new version for fathers day! :)

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Leah   •   June 11, 2014

Hi Joy, this looks amazing!!! I am allergic to eggs however - do you think using flax or chia "eggs" would work as a substitute? Thank you!

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Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 12, 2014

Mom   •   June 12, 2014

Alright.....since Walker is my fav son-in-law I made him the cake for his b.d. and since you are my fav daughter I will make one for your b.d. too!!! xxxooo

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Joy   •   June 12, 2014

Kika   •   June 12, 2014

This would be tasty with homemade (berry) chia jam on the side.

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Hinna Memon   •   June 13, 2014

Do you have to use a food processor or will a hand mixer do the job?

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Kate McDonald-Walker   •   June 13, 2014

Kate   •   June 19, 2014

Hi Joy, That's a great recipe. I think you will like my vegan chocolate chia pudding as well. Kate-greek-nutrtition blog

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Korina   •   July 30, 2014

The best recipe ever! I love this cake!!

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Joy McCarthy   •   August 1, 2014

Lee Ann   •   August 3, 2014

This cake is divine! I made half a batch into cupcakes to give it a try before making it for my son's birthday (for family not familiar with gluten-free baking) and they were glorious. Thanks so much! This recipe will my go-to birthday cake recipe!

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Kate McDonald-Walker   •   August 3, 2014

Anne   •   August 9, 2014

So delicious. I tried it-thanks so much for sharing this with us. It is so much fun to try some of the recipes that health conscious foodies create. It is really turning old fashioned baking on its head. I am in my 60s and just went gluten and dairy free. It has made a dramatic difference to my arthritis. Who knew!

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Kate McDonald-Walker   •   August 9, 2014

Kayla   •   January 15, 2015

Such an easy recipe! The cake is in the oven, can't wait to try it!!!

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Samantha   •   March 1, 2015

I made this cake last night and it was AMAZING!! You would never know it was made without flour! Served it with coconut whipped cream. Then ate it again for breakfast with my tea this morning! This will definitely be my go-to cake! Thanks so much!

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Joanna P.   •   December 30, 2015

I love the cake but my "critics" do not like of the texture of the quinoa. Can I substitute quinoa flour or almond meal?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   December 31, 2015

Karen   •   January 5, 2016

Can I use coconut milk instead of almond milk? I'd like to make it nut free. Thanks.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 8, 2016

Kayla   •   February 5, 2016

My all time favorite chocolate cake! I do have to admit... I top the cake with a 70% chocolate ganache. Delicious!

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Jessie   •   February 10, 2017

Could I use tri-colour quinoa for this? I don't have any white on hand but need to make a cake for tomorrow! Or could steel cut oats work as a sub, or would they be too dense?

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Rachel   •   February 13, 2017

jessie   •   February 12, 2017

This is an incredible recipe! I made it with tri-colour quinoa as I had no white quinoa on-hand, I just cooked the quinoa a few minutes extra, and it turned out beautifully!

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Rachel   •   February 13, 2017

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