5 Desserts You Didn’t Know You Could Make with Quinoa

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Did you know you can add quinoa to desserts? Here are 5 fun ways to add this superfood to your sweet treats!

You already know I’m a big fan of sneaking quinoa into pretty much every recipe imaginable. From breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and yes, even dessert, there’s always a place for quinoa in the mix.

I have a major sweet tooth, so adding quinoa to my desserts allows me to add extra protein and nutrients to my treats meaning there’s a little less guilt when I have that extra cookie (or two). I mean really, who doesn’t love healthy desserts?

But I’d also venture to guess that quinoa isn’t the first ingredient you think of when you think of dessert. Well, let's change that because quinoa dessert recipes are just the best! And here’s some inspiration: 5 dessert recipes you had no idea that you can make with quinoa!

 HEALTHY and easy chocolate pudding made with coconut cream, dates, cocoa powder and QUINOA! (gluten-free + vegan)

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate quinoa pudding might look like that same old, fat-filled pudding that you're used to, but this one is made with only whole food ingredients, is high in protein and fiber and naturally sweetened. The recipe calls for cooked quinoa which has been blended up to make this ultra creamy and decadent pudding. That's right, no refined sugar, gluten, dairy OR eggs here. Just simple old chocolate goodness.

Best Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies - they're gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free and PERFECT!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are made with a blend of quinoa flour and brown rice flour which not only gives the cookies great flavor, but it also adds protein. They're sweetened with coconut sugar instead of cane sugar and instead of butter we use coconut oil. Plus, there are no eggs! These cookies are totally decadent but 100% healthy too.

Gluten-Free Vanilla Quinoa Cake made with a super healthy vegan chocolate frosting

Vanilla Cake

Cake made from quinoa? Sounds too good to be true, but this recipe is proof that making the perfect vanilla birthday cake doesn't mean reaching for a boxed cake mix at the grocery store. And the best part? This vanilla quinoa cake couldn't be easier to make. Whether you want a layered cake, a sheet cake or something totally different, this cake let's you do it all!

Quinoa Fudge Recipe using only 5-Ingredients

Chocolate Fudge

This next recipe, for healthy chocolate fudge, is a pretty big departure from the original recipe. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite. But don't worry, it's every bit as delicious. Rather than biting into a piece of chocolate fudge that's loaded with dairy and sugar, make this chocolate quinoa fudge instead. Not only is it no bake, but it's only 5 ingredients and can me made in less than 10 minutes!

healthy vegan nutella brownies with homemade nutella


Last but not least…brownies. Super chocolatey, super fudgy, and totally healthy brownies. These Healthy Vegan Nutella Brownies are the real deal. They're packed with plant-based protein, are sweetened naturally and are gluten-free and vegan. They're pretty much the most perfect dessert ever.

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  1. I’ve tried adding cooked quinoa to muffins—to store-bought mixes and to made-from-scratch muffins. They come out crumbly. What could I increased or decrease to make them bind?

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