Mega Healthy Honey Olive Quinoa Cake - The Daring Gourmet

A wholesome and delicious cake you can enjoy without all the guilt!  It’s 100% whole grain, made without refined sugar, made with olive oil, and packed with nuts and quinoa.  And the best part of all: You’ll never guess it’s “healthy”!  This Honey Olive Quinoa Cake recipe is sure to become a regular!   Enjoy it for breakfast, as a mid-morning pick-me-up, or a late afternoon snack.  It’s downright delicious!

honey olive quinoa cake recipe whole grain no refined sugar olive oil nuts almonds spelt einkorn whole wheat raisins healthy

My family’s health is a top priority and so I’m always looking for ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into my cooking and baking.  This was especially the case when our kids were really young I had to be more creative in camouflaging some of those ingredients that may otherwise elicit a wrinkled nose and frown.  That’s how some of my recipes like my Chocolate Deception Cake and Mega Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes were born.  This Honey Olive Quinoa Cake was created in that same spirit of wanting to make something that was packed with healthy ingredients but didn’t taste “healthy”.

This cake was a home run straight out of the oven.  I published this back in 2013, about 6 months after launching my blog, and it was an immediate reader favorite.  It’s made from 100% spelt flour (easier to digest than regular wheat flour), honey, buttermilk, ground almonds, a whole cup of cooked quinoa, and olive oil!  Completely whole grain, made with healthy oil, no refined sugar, and packed with quinoa and nuts, and it’s absolutely downright delicious.  And I don’t mean just from the standpoint of, “considering what’s in it, it’s really good.”  No, I mean it’s fantastic in its own right.

If you’re a little nervous about the taste of the olive oil and quinoa in this cake, set your fears aside.  1) You won’t even taste the olive oil, and 2) You’ll never guess there’s quinoa is in it – and neither will your kids!

honey olive quinoa cake recipe whole grain no refined sugar olive oil nuts almonds spelt einkorn whole wheat raisins healthy

Honey Olive Quinoa Cake Recipe

Let’s get started!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To cook the quinoa, thoroughly rinse about 1/3 cup of quinoa in a fine mesh sieve (this removes the saponin, a natural coating on quinoa’s outer layer that is bitter and soapy tasting).  Place the quinoa in a small saucepan with double the amount of water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let sit another 5 minutes, still covered.  Fluff with a fork.

cooking the grains

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Add the olive oil and the honey.

combining the dry ingredients with the oil and honey

Add the buttermilk, eggs vanilla and almond extract.

Beat with an electric mixer just until combined.  Do not over-mix.

adding the eggs and beating the batter

Gently stir in the almond flour.

Gently stir in the quinoa.

adding almond meal and quinoa to the batter

Stir in the raisins or dried fruit of your choice.

The second time I made the cake I used a combination of golden and regular raisins and some dried apricots.  I think I prefer just the raisins in this particular cake, but feel free to use other dried fruits, including prunes, figs, dates, etc.

adding the raisins or dried fruit of choice

Grease a 8×8 inch square baking pan.  I use the hand-forged aluminum pans by Magic Line, made in the USA.  Love them!

Pour the cake batter into the baking pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean but moist.

greasing the pan and baking the cake

Use a toothpick to poke holes throughout the cake.  The small holes will enable the syrup to penetrate the cake.

To make the syrup, bring the honey and almond extract to a gentle boil, then remove from the heat.  While the cake is still warm, slowly pour the syrup over the cake, starting at the center, using the back of a spoon or a knife to help guide the syrup and prevent it from rushing to the sides of the pan.

poking holes into cake and pouring over honey syrup

Cut the cake into squares.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

honey olive quinoa cake recipe whole grain no refined sugar olive oil nuts almonds spelt einkorn whole wheat raisins healthy

Enjoy!

honey olive quinoa cake recipe whole grain no refined sugar olive oil nuts almonds spelt einkorn whole wheat raisins healthy

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet July 3, 2013

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