Quinoa and Almond Flour Cake

I have been trying to jump start my workout and healthy eating habits after my break in Toronto. The first couple of days were the hardest. I felt like the ice creams and cakes I ate on my vacation were literally padded to my legs making it hard for me to move! I am finally over that hump and doing regular weight training at the gym. I like to end my weight training sessions with a high intensity cardio routine; 8-10 minutes of that last hurrah that jacks up your heart rate and gets you sweating hard.

I was recently reading an interview of Mark Harari, a personal trainer. In the interview, he talked about his secret weapon, a routine he calls “The 666 Devil Run”. You basically run on a 6 miles/hour speed, on a 6.0 incline, for 6 minutes. In the interview he says that he has lost a lot of friends because of this work out. I am always up for a challenge so I had to add this little devil to my next workout!

So after an especially tiring weight training session at the gym, before heading home, I jumped on the treadmill all gung-ho for my run. I try to run a 5k every week, so I didn’t think much of a 6 minute run; boy was I in for a surprise! All the emotions that we all feel while overcoming an obstacle were all condensed in a 6 minute patch – starting from the 1st minute of “Yep, I am going to nail this”, to the 3rd minute of “This would have been a lot easier at the beginning of the workout”, the 5th minute of “I got nothing to prove to anyone. What am I, a professional athlete?”, to the last minute of “Don’t quit now. You will hate yourself if you do!” Well, I made it! I am happy to report that the Devil Run does get easier if you keep at it, just like life!


The cake I have baked today is kinda like the Devil Run – its bitter sweet, but its good for you! The cake is made with quinoa and almond flour, making it gluten-free. I prefer my cakes not too sweet, and the slight bitterness of quinoa flour works perfectly with this cake! Quinoa flour is also protein rich and adds a light, airy texture to your cake. Did you know that Quinoa is a “complete protein”, meaning that Quinoa has all the nine amino acids that make up all of the protein needs of human beings. Talk about a super food! I hope you enjoy this protein-rich, all natural cake with your loved ones!

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Quinoa and Almond Flour Cake

Cook time:


2 cups almond flour
1 cup quinoa flour
3 large eggs
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup ghee or coconut oil at room temperature – extra for greasing
1 tbsp cardamom powder
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Heat oven to 320°F degrees. Grease the cake pan with ghee and set it aside.

Mix all the dry ingredients – almond flour, quinoa flour, baking powder, cardamom powder and salt. Put eggs, honey and ghee in a bowl and mix well. Now add the dry ingredient mix to this bowl. Mix well and make smooth batter.

Put the batter in the greased pan and bake for 30-45 minutes until top is golden brown. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake and make sure it comes out clean. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan.

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  1. Lopa says

    What a healthy cake! You are such a creative, Medha. Cake looks delicious. Cant wait to try this out. Guilt free dessert :-)

  2. says

    Yum!! This cake looks great. Such great ingredients and I am always a sucker for cardamom. Lovely to see you last week. Let’s get together soon!

  3. Alice says

    Simple… and perfect! I love that it’s not oversweet. I prefer it still lukewarm, which is quite funny because normally I don’t :)

    • says

      Hey Alice, everyone has a different way of eating their cake! I am working on a system to define personality types based on cake eating :)

  4. enrique says

    how about a 777 Divine Run, you basically run on a 7 miles/hour speed, on a 7.0 incline, for 7 minutes…

  5. Alice says

    Oh I would love hearing about your system 😉 (I mean when it’s done)

    The other day unluckily I had to throw away the rest of quinoa flour because of moths… Made me sad. But that happens!

  6. Pradnya says

    Stumbled on this recipe while I was looking for Quinoa desserts/snacks. WOW! this cake is so yummy!!
    I improvised a bit with the recipe for the ingredients I had on hand. Almond and quinoa flours are too expensive to buy, so I made my own at home. I made the cake in a half batch, to see if it would still turn out okay with the homemade flours. I added bourbon vanilla extract instead of the cardamom powder, but will try with cardamom next time. Also I had little extra egg in my recipe since I used 2 eggs for half a batch. It’s very delicious. It’s a little bitter from the quinoa, but not too much. Also, no one in our house likes cakes to be too sweet, this one had the perfect sweetness for us. But if i was making it for others, I would increase the sweetness a bit (or may be serve with some jam). Really really yummy!
    Thanks so much for coming up with this recipe and will look to try your other recipes too!

  7. dev says

    I like the recipe but what are the options for the people who would prefer not to have any eggs ? any suggestions.


    • says

      Hey Dev, you can substitute eggs with chia seeds or ripe banana. I have not tried this substitution for this particular recipe, so texture and taste of the cake will be different from what I had.

      Grind your chia seeds into a meal/powder. Mix 1 tbsp ground chia seeds with 3 tbsp water for 1 egg. Allow to sit for 10 minutes or so, or until it takes on a gooey texture.

      1/4 cup pureed ripe banana for 1 egg.

  8. vaishali says

    Hi Medha,

    This recipe is very nice ! thanks
    I want to make it a chocolate flavor one ( my sone loves chocolate ) . Can i just replace the cardamom powder with cocoa powder.



  9. Amalita says

    Just made it. I used olive oil instead of ghee. It is delicious and so healthy. This recipe is definitely worth keeping in my iPad best recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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