Preheat oven to 350F (180C) degrees. Line the bottom of an 9" cake pan or springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with coconut oil.
Place water and quinoa in a medium pot and bring to a soft boil. Reduce to low and cook for 15-20 minutes until quinoa fluffs with a fork. Let cool before combining 2 cups with other ingredients.
Once quinoa has cooled, measure out 2 cups of quinoa and add it to a high power blender or a food processor. Add the nut milk, eggs, oil, syrup, vanilla, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.
Blend until fully combined and smooth. You will see some of the quinoa texture in the batter. It should be thick and fully mixed together. (see my video for how it should look). Mix in the chocolate chips with a spoon.
Pour cake batter into cake pan. Smooth out top with a spatula so it's even. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Let sit on a cooling rack to cool completely before removing from the cake pan. You can cut the slices directly from the cake pan or remove it from the cake pan.
Enjoy with fresh berries and coconut yogurt!
*You can also use melted coconut oil.
**You can use cocoa powder if you like.
***I use the Enjoy Life brand because it's dairy/soy/gluten-free.