Quinoa Johnny Cakes

Several weeks ago, I went with several of the Denver blogger ladies for a quick brunch over at True Foods Kitchen in the Cherry Creek area of Denver.

We had a lovely meal, and one of the things we ate were quinoa pancakes called Johnny Cakes.  They were amazing, chewy, and packed with protein.  I knew immediately that I wanted to figure out a way to make these…. and I did!

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

The original recipe makes an ENORMOUS batch of pancakes and calls for about 6 cups of cooked quinoa, to give you perspective.  As you can imagine, I cut the recipe down to a fourth of its original size, modified a few ingredients, and the following rendition was born.

Quinoa Johnny Cakes 

From True Foods Kitchen

Serves 7

INGREDIENTS

Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk

1 large egg

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. canola oil

Sugar-free maple syrup, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Prepare your quinoa.  Note:  About 1/2 cup of dried quinoa will yield 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa.  I used a rice cooker to make mine because it cooks it so perfectly.

2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil and whisk to combine.

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until just combined.

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Fold in the cooked quinoa, taking care not to overmix. Let the batter rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

5. Spray skillet or griddle with cooking spray.  Ladle about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the hot pan.  Flip once batter begins to bubble and edges lift.  Note:  Use a spatula to form a circle with the cakes.  This will make your johnnycakes look more uniform and pretty.

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

 6.  Serve with sugar-free syrup.

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

True Foods Kitchen Quinoa Johnny Cakes | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 pancake serving (not including syrup):

CAL 99; CARB 16g; FAT 2g; PROT 4g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 2

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Comments

  1. I love True Foods! Thanks for sharing this innovative recipe to incorporate quinoa into breakfast!

  2. YUMMMM!!

  3. Gayle says:

    This are also great as a savory cake. Remove the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, add garlic, sauteed onions, herbs of your choice, etc. I love mine topped with black beans and a little cheese. Also good with taco meat and fixings on top.

  4. Kitty says:

    Umm…those look really good. I’ll have to try this.

  5. Brilliant! I knew you would figure this out! Can’t wait to make them!

  6. Erin says:

    My batter was not as “runny” as your batter appeared to be. Any suggestions?

    • nothankstocake says:

      Once my batter sat in the fridge, it definitely thickened up considerably! I’d say you’re fine. Did they taste ok once cooked?

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