Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Simple Grain-free, Bean-free Cake

A simple cake made from quinoa, amaranth, and flax.
I've been trying to cut the sugar in my family's diet. I avoid artificial sugars and sugar alcohols, since they are made from corn; Furthermore, my son with autism reacts poorly to them. In this recipe, I use sucanat but less than I have in the past. If you're looking for a grain-free cake that is not too sweet, then this is it.

This recipe requires a food processor or powerful, wide-based blender.

2 cups whole quinoa
2 & 1/2 cups water
1 cup ground flax seeds or flax meal
1/2 cup amaranth flour
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar (sucanat, palm sugar, or maple sugar)
3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

1) Preheat oven to 350F and grease 7x11x2", 9" round, or prefered pan.
2) Add quinoa and 2 cups water to food processor and process for 5 minutes or till well combined.
3) Add flax meal and 1/2 cup water to processor and process for 3 minutes.
4) In a separate, large bowl, add amaranth flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and sugar and combine with fork.
5) Pour wet mixture into dry mix and combine, making sure to scrape bottom of bowl.
6) Add apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and gently fold in with silicone or rubber spatula. This is when cake will begin to rise. Be careful not to over mix.
7) Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan and bake in oven for 40 minutes or until done.

This cake is grain-free, gluten-free, corn-free, rice-free, dairy-free, casein-free, bean-free, soy-free, egg-free, potato-free, nightshade-free, and xanthan gum-free.
It can be made yeast-free by using lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar.


  1. Three months ago I had to change my diet because of digestive issues, and it's been an adjustment - but doable. :) What I miss the most are breads, but because I'm allergic to eggs I've been having the hardest time. I Googled 'Vegan, grain free bread' and your website was the second one on the list! After reading your bio I saw we have the same diet restrictions - I'll be scouring your website and trying a TON of your recipes. Thank you SO much for having this! This cake will be first. :)

  2. I might be wrong but I think quinoa and amaranth are old grains. Too bad because I react to those grains as well. :(

  3. Quinoa is not a grain, it’s a seed.


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