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Quinoa Brownies

I know this isn’t exactly a low carb dessert.  I made it the best way that I know how.  I started by tossing a cup of raw quinoa in my Vitamix and blended it on high for less than a minute and got a nice, fine flour.  (See photo’s below) I used a 1/2 cup of the flour and put the rest in a storage bag for use later.  I blended a cup because I wasn’t sure how much flour it would make.  I thought it was better to have more in case I needed it.  You can purchase quinoa flour at most stores in the flour section.  Me being me, I wanted to see if I could make it.  Turns out I can and it is cheaper for me to make it than purchase it.  Yea me!

I like my brownies to have a little kick to them so I toss in some ground cayenne pepper.  It makes them ever so yummy!

Quinoa Brownies

Quinoa Brownies


1/2 cup quinoa flour

6 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup honey ( more if you want it sweeter)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp strong coffee

2 egg whites or 2/3 a cup of egg substitute

1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper (more or less or optional)

Mix your dry ingredients in  a bowl.

Mix your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Combine the contents of each bowl.  Mix well.

Pour into a prepared baking dish (I prefer to use parchment paper)

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.  Check with a knife.  If it comes out clean, it is done.


By the way, here’s what the flour looked like:

Quinoa turning to flour in Vitamix

Quinoa turning to flour in Vitamix


Quinoa Flour


My Flaming Lips Whole Wheat Brownies

Chocolate and chilis were meant to be eaten together or at least in my mind they are.  I’ve paired them in my whole wheat brownies and it is a hit.  All my coworkers got bags of Michelle’s Spicy Brownie mix for Christmas last year and I’ve heard no complaints yet.


1/2 cup whole wheat flour

6 tbsp cocoa

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 cup brown sugar ( I usually hold back a bit on the sugar and use between 3/4 and 1 cup)

2 tbsp strong coffee (or in a pinch use instant coffee )

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

a handful of chocolate chips ( I prefer bittersweet chips)

2 eggs



Directions: (short and sweet)

Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl.

Mix all your wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Combine your dry and wet ingredients and mix well. (I mix all this with a big spoon or spatula)

brownie batter in pan

brownie batter in pan (please ignore my toes)

Bake in a greased (olive oil) 8×2 pan at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.  To check if done, use knife test.

Brownies on a plate

Brownies on a plate

I like to serve it with some of my Ice Dream (vanilla and mint.)

This is a wonderful dessert to be served with something like Misty’s Salisbury steak, just to have for a treat.

Experiment with these.  Sometimes I add nuts, sometimes I don’t put in the cayenne, but add peanut butter. Have fun with them!