Apple Quinoa Cake

Happy New Year to all of you!!!
I want to start this year's blog with a dessert, because this is how I started 2011. With dessert.
As far as I can remember (and things tend to get blurry after such a long time), I hadn't been out in the evening for 3 (yes, three) years, since my little daughter was born. For New Year's Eve, we were invited to the house of good friends. It felt good, really good to be out again after such a long time. We were treated to the most amazing food I have had in a long time. Joao and Carina, this one is for you:  you really excelled yourselves. We had a a fabulous time. Only downside was that, after 3 years of absence, our party endurance wasn't what it used to be.
As we were busy eating starters and entree until almost midnight, the hosts decided to serve dessert in the New Year. And what a great way to start the New Year: homemade ice creams, cakes, flans, ...... I rolled home after that.
I want to make this my motto of the year: we all deserve dessert. Here is my first contribution, not as fancy as what I got spoiled with last night, but nevertheless a dessert that is in tune with the spirit of this blog: a delicious, healthy, vegan and nutritious treat that has a quirky ingredient: cooked quinoa. I tend to think that once you turn a dessert into a healthier food that is tasty at the same time, everything else will fall into place by itself.


Inspired by  Diet Desserts And Dogs

(Print Recipe)

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large apple, cored and coarsely grated
1/4 cup palm sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup cooked quinoa (1/3 cup uncooked quinoa)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raisins

Cinnamon Oat Topping
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Serves 8 
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease or line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, palm sugar, baking powder, soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the grated apple, oil, quinoa, vanilla, sunflower seeds and raisins. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top. Combine all ingredients for the topping and sprinkle them on top of the cake batter. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into slices.

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