Quinoa Pancakes

6 Pancakes
16 min

These pancakes are so easy to make and packed with protein.

I just love it when I can find a new way to incorporate quinoa in a recipe, and this is my easiest one yet, since you don’t cook the quinoa first. Make sure you rinse it though, because quinoa has a protective outer coating that needs to be removed before cooking it. I just put it in a fine mesh strainer and lightly “scrub” it a bit under running water. No need to let it dry. Just let the majority of the water drain off before using it.

You can also make a variety of flavors by adding different fruit and or spices to the basic batter.

you will need a high speed blender though to purée the uncooked quinoa with the other ingredients, but that is all you need besides a frying pan or griddle.

to make them look more like “cakes, I used a silicone “egg” form, but you can just drop a ladle full in the pan or use a measuring cup.

These are a great way to use up all the fruit that is in season right now!

All you need is a blender and a pan to make these.

Just top with a bit of pure maple syrup or go crazy with whipped cream, more fruit and then some syrup.

Recipe details
  • 6  Pancakes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 6 Minutes Total time: 16 min
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  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water, or more to reach desired consistency
  • fruit of choice:
  • 3 medium bananas or
  • 10-12 hulled strawberries or
  • 1 cup blueberries

Put all ingredients (quinoa through water plus fruit of choice) in a blender and purée till smooth.
Cook pancakes on lightly greased pan or griddle over medium/medium low heat 3-5 minutes per side till lightly golden.
  • For sweeter batter or fruit that is not really ripe and sweet, add the second tablespoon of maple syrup.
  • These will rise quite a bit with only the 1/4 cup of water, so don’t cook at too high of a temperature or they will burn before they are cooked through. You can always thin the batter with more water for thinner pancakes.
  • If you want thick, perfectly round pancakes, cook them using a silicone pancake or egg mold. not necessary, but it makes for a special presentation!
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  • Carol Carol on Aug 09, 2021

    Can all -purpose or wheat flour be used in place of almond flour?

    • Almond flour has a very different consistency than regular flour, even whole wheat flour. It generally requires less liquid, and has a "chewier" consistency. Coconut flour would be the closest, but if you are going to use something like whole wheat flour, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid. It also may slightly change the flavor with, for example, the blueberry which is not as strong as the banana.

  • Benesse Benesse on Aug 22, 2021

    Are you mixing the “fruit of choice” into the blender or is that to add latee to cooked pancakes?