Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes

I’ve been indulging in a lot of comfort food lately because it is what I crave when life throws me curveballs. I stress eat for sure. Now that things are beginning to look up again and settle down it was time to get back on track with better eating and more activity. I didn’t want to sacrifice flavor or satisfaction though. These fall flavor quinoa cakes fit the bill perfectly. They are vegetarian and low gluten using quinoa flour with lots of carrot and apple mixed in for nutrition. I also love how easy they are to whip up!

To make prep easier, I used organic bagged shredded carrots and blitzed all of it with my apples, cheese and aromatics in my food processor. It was finely processed but still had some texture.
When I combined that with my tender, cooked quinoa, quinoa flour, seasoning and my wet ingredients I had a gorgeous batter on my hands. Lots of cumin and warm spices helped balance out the sweetness of the apples, carrots and the apple cider in my wet ingredients. The cheese I used was also a lovely smokey gouda.
The batter was enough to make 24 fall flavor quinoa cakes, so I filled up two muffin tins with that batter. It took 25-30 minutes for them to bake to perfection.

Oh my goodness, these babies were exactly the healthy but still yummy grab and go lunch I was needing in my life. They make a great snack too, or side. Marc and I even love them for a light dinner. Hope you all enjoy them too! xoxo

Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes
Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes
4 from 1 vote
Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes
Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

These are such flavorful, healthy and wonderful fall flavor quinoa cakes loaded with carrots, apples and lots of seasoning!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: Quinoa, Quinoa Cakes
Servings: 24 cakes
Calories: 307 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 10 ounces shredded carrots I just used bagged shredded carrot to save time
  • 2 whole apples cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 an onion quartered
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 4 ounces smoked gouda quartered
  • 3 cups quinoa flour
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 whole egg
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and take two 12 well muffin tins and line them with paper liners. Then cook the quinoa. Bring the stock to a low boil in a medium saucepan. Then stir in the quinoa and cover it with the lid. Turn the heat to low and let it cook until tender for about 12-15 minutes. When it is done, fluff it up with a fork and set it aside to cool a little. While the quinoa is cooking and cooling, combine the shredded carrot, apples, garlic, onion, sage and smoked gouda in the bowl of a food processor and pulse it all together. It should be fine but still have some texture to it. Transfer that to a large mixing bowl and add the flour, salt, pepper, cumin and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the cooled quinoa next.

  2. Whisk the olive oil, milk, apple cider and egg together in another small bowl and then pour those wet ingredients into the mixing bowl with the rest of it. Stir it all together thoroughly until you have a lovely batter. Fill each lined muffin well to the top using a heaping 1/4 cup as an approximation. Gently press the batter firmly into each liner so that it is solid and even. Bake them for 25-30 minutes until completely baked through and just starting to crisp up around the edges. Let them cool for 10 minutes or so, then serve immediately! They make great leftovers too for a grab and go lunch or snack. 

Nutrition Facts
Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes
Amount Per Serving (2 quinoa cakes)
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 196
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.8g34%
Saturated Fat 5.1g32%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 271mg12%
Potassium 233mg7%
Carbohydrates 24.3g8%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugar 7.2g8%
Protein 6.6g13%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes
Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes

12 thoughts on “Fall Flavor Quinoa Cakes”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! I am usually not a fan of quinoa just by itself but all these ingredients would make it taste so good!

  2. I would definitely give this a try. I am always looking for easy, portable foods that I can make.

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