These fudgy quinoa brownies are healthy and delicious. With a decadent texture and a rich flavor, you'd never know these brownies were gluten-free + vegan!
Not only is today Sunday, which in my world is the perfect day to bake, but today is also Father’s Day which means baking is a must.
It might seem strange to some, but in my household, my dad is the baker, my mom is the cook. He’s not like an actual baker, he just really enjoys it and growing up we always had fresh, homemade goodies around to satisfying our sweet tooth.
His go-to has always been chocolate chip cookies and still to this day he whips them up whenever we’re going somewhere, but I think my favorite one of his creations is from scratch brownies. They’re ooey, gooey and filled with rich, dark chocolate flavors and they’re one of those treats that always remind me of Dad.
In honor of my handsome, brownie-baking dad, I thought I’d whip you up my own version.
While not quite as decadent, and certainly without all the dairy and gluten, these brownies are still the perfect treat for whenever you find yourself needing a little chocolate fix.
I mean…how can you go wrong with salt, chocolate + quinoa?
The base of these brownies is oat flour, almond flour, quinoa and raw cacao powder. Then there’s the melted dark chocolate chips, a touch of coconut oil, coconut sugar and….avocado!
I know I’m insane, but I swear
1) you can’t taste it
2) it makes them super moist
3) it makes them healthier
Which means we can have two, right? Right.
Making the ultimate quinoa brownie took a bit of work. I made one batch and they were too dry. Made another batch and they were again too dry. Made another batch and this happened….
(note to self: don’t press tofu using your tea kettle while making brownies. the tea kettle will fall over and your brownies will end up on the floor. love, alyssa)
But I ended up with these wonderfully moist, and perfectly salted brownies, so it was all worth it. Fudgy quinoa brownies here I come!
And if you're celebrating your dad today, whip him up a batch of these awesome brownies. I promise, they'll be a total hit. Happy Father's Day!
More Brownie Recipes To Try:
- Easy Vegan Almond Butter Brownies
- Healthy Raspberry Quinoa Brownies
- Vegan Quinoa Flour Tahini Brownies
- Healthy Red Velvet Quinoa Brownies
- Peppermint Frosted Chickpea Brownies
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Fudgy Salted Quinoa Brownies
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup almond flour not almond meal
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder optional
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup mashed avocado as smooth as possible
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- Flaked sea salt which I found at Thrive Market!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9X9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flaxseed meal and water. Set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, quinoa, cacao powder, arrowroot, salt, baking soda and espresso powder. Set bowl aside.
- In a double boiler, add chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat until chocolate has melted and is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Once cooled, whisk in the avocado, milk, vanilla and flax egg.
- Add coconut sugar to a high powdered blender and blend on high until powdery. Add sugar to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour chocolate into dry ingredients. Stir together until a thick dough forms. The dough will be thick, so don't be tempted to add more liquid.
- Transfer dough to the prepared pan and press into the pan with wet hands. Smooth the top as best as you can.
- Bake on the center rack for 26 - 28 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with salt. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour in the pan before transferring to a wire rack and cooling completely. DO NOT slice the brownies before they are totally cooled down or they will be crumbly.
- Store in an airtight container for up to three days.
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a pic and share it on Instagram using #SIMPLYQUINOA – I want to see your own quinoa creations!
23 comments on “Fudgy Salted Quinoa Brownies”
These look SO fudgy! Totally would make a dad proud 😉
Hopefully mine too 🙂
Oh, happy days! Just finished our banana/chia scones an now… A lovely brownie recipe, no eggs.
The sun shines and my new cooker will be put through its paces right enough.
Husband taking ferry with friends so nibbles galore for them eh?
Hope that you love them! They would certainly make the perfect snack 🙂
Ps horrors of horrors! Sorry about that spill. Good cake and dish gone.
For miles around we areal about farming and fishing. We say no lives lost for this is always our first thought.
I hope you were not bare footed!
I was not (thank goodness because normally I am!) – thanks friend!
Hi Alyssa, these look great. Regarding the avocado, that makes complete sense, and I love it. Your broken dish made me laugh, I’ve been there before! The post I did today for my food blog has some failed attempts too…I guess we were on the same wave length. Enjoy the rest of your day!
I suppose we have to look at the failures as steps that get us closer to the final recipe? At least that’s how I’m thinking it was with this one 😉
I’ve DEFINITELY knocked things over while baking (or cooking, or making a smoothie… or really anytime I’m in the kitchen, haha) so I feel you there! But the brownies look like they were worth it!
Yeah, dang! It’s the worst feeling. At least the next try turned out 😉
Ugh. Nothing worse than a bowl of brownie batter on the floor. But these brownies look well worth all the effort put in. Love the flaked sea salt on top!
I have to say, I had my doubts, but thankfully this batch came out perfectly. I was going to give up after too long!
Oh I am so sorry you dropped your batter on the floor! Whenever I am making something with beet/tumeric/anything that will stain I get all freaked out about dropping. But that what makes you a cook! Failures! But these brownies definitely aren’t. I love me some salty and healthy brownies! Yumm!
That’s a great way to look at it 🙂 Now every time I mess something up I’ll try to think that it’s only making me better. xo!
GIRL!!! I am attempting this whole vegan baking thing and so when I got this recipe in my Inbox, I simply had to try it…so I made them and YUM!!! I also had a blind tasting audience that do NOT subscribe to mainly vegan ways like I do (in other words, they thoroughly enjoy their dairy, etc.) and they were ASTONISHED. My father, for one, has always abhorred quinoa (i think mainly due to ignorance), and when I told him that it was a main ingredient, he almost fell over. And then took another brownie and devoured it. A++++ on the recipe!!
Want to try this but don’t know what a flax egg is. Help!
It’s just flaxseed meal and water mixed together (1 tbsp flax, 3 tbsp water). If you’re not vegan, you can also just use a regular egg!!
I made a modified version of this during a recent stay at a Buddhist temple. The residents and monastics loved it! I had to work with what was on hand, so I used a mini muffin tin, regular sugar, and sorghum flour in place of oat. I’m making it again tonight for a gathering with friends later this week so that my gluten sensitive and vegan friends can all share in the treat.
I’m so glad to hear that!!
These look great! I don’t have avocado on hand, however. Can I sub for unsweetened applesauce?
Hi Alyssa, what would you suggest I substitute avocado with? My partner is not able to eat avocado nor applesauce. Will almond yoghurt or pumpkin puree work? I also wanted to say thank-you a million as we have been making your recipe of yeast-free quinoa bread every month since I found your website last summer. Much gratitude to what you shared on this website. :))
I am so grateful you have found our recipes useful!!❤️ pumpkin puree would probably be the best substitute for the avocado but we have several other brownie recipes here, in case any of those recipes work better for you.