Quinoa chocolate cake bites

These quinoa chocolate cake bites have very quickly become a new favourite in our house.  They are super easy to make and healthy, but taste really naughty so are a great alternative to standard chocolate cake or brownies!

Today I made them in dinosaur shapes as Harry is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment and he loved it!  I’m all for playing with our food and we got so much imaginative play out of Harry while he was eating his snack.

 

Ingredients

  • 100g quinoa
  • 3tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey (maple syrup for children under 1 or to make the recipe vegan friendly)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1.2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a few drops of vanilla essence

Method

  • Cook the quinoa as per packet instructions and allow to cool.
  • Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until they form a smooth cake batter.
  • Grease the moulds you are using with a little bit of coconut oil.  I used some dinosaur and star silicon moulds.  They were both from Aldi and really inexpensive.  You could just use cake cases and make ordinary cake shapes too if you prefer!
  • Spoon the mixture into the moulds, making sure you fill all the corners.  I found the easiest way to do this was to use my finger to press the mix into the mould.  Once you’ve finished clean off the top of the mould as much as possible.
  • Bake on the bottom shelf of a preheated oven for approximately 15-20 minutes at 180ºc.  If you are using cupcake cases then you will need to bake for closer to 45 minutes.
  • Allow the cake bites to cool before popping them carefully out of the mould.
  • Enjoy!

Harry was so excited about these quinoa chocolate cake bites and kept asking for more!  Because they were small it meant he could have a few different dinosaur characters which he loved playing with.  I’ll definitely be making these again.  They required very little effort and were super tasty!

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