Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes - GF and Small Batch

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"I was looking for some recipes using quinoa flour and found this instead using the cooked grain itself. The original recipe from The Family Kitchen makes a large 9 inch double layer cake. I cut the recipe down to make 6 small cupcakes and they are so moist and delicious! They don't even need frosting IMO but you can still put some on."

Original recipe yields 3 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (103.1 g)
  • Calories 286.2
  • Total Fat - 15.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 100.8 mg
  • Sodium - 248.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 36.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.4 g
  • Sugars - 25.5 g
  • Protein - 5.3 g
  • Calcium - 73.6 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with 6 paper cupcake liners.

Step 2

Combine the milk, eggs and vanilla in a blender or mini food processor - I used my small magic bullet cup.

Step 3

Add the 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, melted butter and continue to blend until smooth.

Step 4

Whisk together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Step 5

Add the contents of the blender and mix well.

Step 6

Divide the batter evenly between the liners - I used an ice cream scoop to measure mine. About a 1/4 cup each.

Step 7

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean - my oven took 22 minutes.

Step 8

Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving. Mine came out puffed up but sorta fell down while cooling. Still moist and very chocolaty. 2 cupcakes per person would make a good serving IMO.

Step 9

Frost if desired. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Step 10

Note: you can also bake these in two 8oz ramekins for about 30-35 minutes if you don't want cupcakes.

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No special items needed.


This is a quick and easy recipe incase you want to add more healthy things into your diet. It is a pretty quilt free recipe if you don't eat much and just limit your amount of sugar intake

review by:
(12 Sep 2012)


The flavour of these flourless cupcakes is rich and chocolaty! They really don't need an icing/frosting. But I had some cream cheese with lemon so used that and sprinkled unsweetened cocoa over top. They will be gooda with a cuppa. Thank you for sharing!

review by:
(25 Feb 2012)