Quinoa Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Coconut Frosting

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Yesterday I shared a meatless ‘tuesday’ meal I made from GoGo Quinoa products that I received from the company. I was so excited to discover them in the store, and then to have them send me some more items to try out. 

One of the items I received was their Dark Chocolate Cake Mix. I was excited to try it, because I had seen lots of quinoa cake recipes online, and now I had an all-in-one mix to give it a try. I used it to make mini cakes and cupcakes for Adam’s birthday last weekend. 

The cake was light and fluffy without being overly sweet. The cake actually has chocolate chips in the mix as well. It is definitely a much lighter cake than others I’ve made, not as dense which makes it easy to eat ;) I would definitely use it again, it’s perfect for wheat-free and gluten-free celebrations. 

I wanted to keep it dairy-free, so I used coconut cream to make a chocolate coconut cream frosting. I used it on the cake as well as on some cupcakes that I made with the leftover batter. The mix makes enough for a large cake, or cupcakes or even a mini cake like I made.

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To make the Chocolate Coconut Cream Frosting:

  • 1 can of coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  • 2-3 Tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Directions:

1. Remove coconut cream from the fridge and scoop out the thick cream – if there is any water at the bottom (although mine had none) leave it out. 
2. Using an electric mixer, whip the coconut cream until smooth and creamy. Add in the cocoa powder and mix again. 
3. Frost cake or cupcakes. Refrigerate any unused portion. 

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Meatless Tuesday: Quinoa Burgers

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My little site was hacked Sunday night, meaning I wasn’t able to get up my Meatless Monday post – but, luckily we have meatless Tuesday. I’m not sure why they attack my site, but they have often. It’s a bit of an annoyance, especially when you’re planning posts.

A while ago I discovered GoGo Quinoa at my local drugstore and fell in love with it. They had so many quinoa products to choose from that are wheat free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan. Even better – they’re Canadian =)

GoGo Quinoa offers lots of different produce under the headings: Grains, Cookies, Pastas, Breakfasts, Quick to Prepare Meals and Soups. Each category has a large variety of products and ingredients to suit your needs. 

I have since spotted GoGo Quinoa products at the Canadian Superstore, HomeSense as well as London Drugs.

I picked up their Cocoa Quinoa Puffed Cereal and made some Quinoa Rice Crispy Squares. They were so delicious, I tweeted to the company and then made another recipe from their website for Quinoa Coconut Bars - which were equally delicious. I then e-mailed them asking if I could have some of their products to review and make recipes with. To my delight they happily sent me lots of goodies to try!

I was intrigued when I saw there were Quinoa Burgers in the package that arrived. They looked good – and I couldn’t wait to try them.

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One day when I was home in the snow a couple weeks ago I decided I needed a quick lunch. I remembered I had these burgers in the cupboard and got to work. The mix makes enough for 6 burgers, however it was just me so I took about 2/3 cup of the mix and added just enough water until the mix came together. I let it sit for a few minutes then shaped them into small patties. However, they are very filling and one little patty would have been good for me.

To keep it wheat/gluten free I used lettuce wraps instead of a bun as I do for regular burgers. You can top it with any additions you like such as tomatoes, avocado, onion, pickles, mushrooms etc. And of course, ketchup and mustard.

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The instructions say to sauté them in oil in a pan, however I used my George Foreman grill – which worked like a charm. Crunchy exterior and warm, soft exterior. Almost like a falafel. The seasonings are delicious too. 

I was also super impressed at how well the burgers stuck together – not crumbly at all!

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The mix is great for a quick lunch or dinner – something I would definitely buy again.

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*GoGo Quinoa did not sponsor this post – I just really like their products! Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Birthday, Adam.

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On this day in 1984 a very special person was born. Today is his 30th birthday.

Adam’s new job has his working out of town for two weeks at a time so we’ll be celebrating his birthday separately from afar (a 2-hour time difference.)

You’d never know it to look at him, really, because he looks just the same as he did in high school. It’s not uncommon for him to get ID’d at the liquor store (you have to be 19 in Canada to buy alcohol. He has been legal for 11 years). He was even ID’d at a wine tasting once. With my parents. For real.

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from our engagement party

I often (read: regularly) joke about how he’s so old. I’ll say “why are you so old?” We started dating when he was 25, I was 21. I joke that I’m much younger than him (by 4 years), however, since my birthday is in June I say I’m 5 years younger for 4 months, making him really old ;)

But actually it’s good in the long run – he’ll just never age. Take it from his dad who just celebrated his birthday in February and hasn’t aged in years.

We celebrated his birthday early last weekend when he was home with a surprise getaway to Whistler and a small birthday dinner with some family, and of course his birthday pie. 

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I obviously had to make a birthday cake for him, even though he isn’t here to enjoy it. I’ll be sure to save some. (I’ll be posting the recipe next week)

I made some festive cake flags with black electrical tape. We have an abundance of electrical tape in the house because I suppose that’s what happens when you live with an electrician. Thus, he gets electrical tape on his birthday cake. 

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Happy Birthday to my one and only.

You’re so old ;)

Love me & Lainey. 

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