Single-Serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake | Dessert With Benefits

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake | Desserts With Benefits Blog

I’ve been trying to make this single-serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake bake for wayyy too long now… and by “trying” I mean there have been far too many failed batches.  Ugh.  And by “failed” I mean my trial and errors racked up to number fourteen.  So embarrassing.  Usually by trial 4 or 5 I just give up because honestly, I don’t even care anymore.  But with this recipe, I just kept going.  Partly because the cake is chocolatey, partly because I don’t feel guilty about eating three individual bakes in a single day  🙂

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Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake

Servings: 1 serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 5" baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the quinoa flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, sweetener, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Dump the dry into the wet and mix well.  Pour batter into the baking dish and bake for ~40 minutes, or when the center of the cake springs back when touched. Let cool in the dish and serve as is, or top with your favorite fruit, nut butter, frosting, etc.

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by: Edible Perspective.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 quinoa bake)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2.5g16%
Cholesterol 400mg133%
Sodium 710mg31%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 8.1mg45%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake & Cupcakes
Keyword: Single-Serving

I usually bake two of these Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cakes at the same time so I don’t have to turn on the oven two days in a row.  I’m all about saving time and energy (and money on my bills).  Once the extra bake has cooled I wrap it with plastic wrap and leave it on the counter for the next morning… it gets super moist and chocolatey, yum.

This is the ultimate, decadent chocolate breakfast, lunch or snack (and maybe dinner too?).  Just one of these individual cakes will provide you with 7g of filling fiber, 29g of satisfying protein and only 320 calories.  Plus, there isn’t any sneaky oil or pesky sugar added!

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With love and good eats,


– Jess


24 comments on “Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Quinoa Protein Cake”

  1. So pretty and looks so decadent-but it’s healthy! Craaazy 😀

  2. Any thoughts on making this vegan? Just use a flax egg instead of the egg? Thanks 🙂

    • I’ve made this a few times using a flax egg (1T ground flax+3T almond milk) and 1 tsp baking powder, but it was really fudgy and seemed “underbaked.” However, it was still delicious 🙂 I think those were the only changes to the recipe, so feel free to try it out!

  3. I googled Truvia and it says it’s a mix of erythritol and stevia. How much erythritol and stevia should I use then? I have so many of your recipes bookmarked, but I haven’t tried any yet because they include so many unusual ingredients.

  4. OH MY WORD! What a beautiful and inspiring thing to see first thing in the morning! I think that if it wasn’t 5am, I’d whip up one of these babies right now. Looks DELISH!!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to wipe some drool off of my keyboard…

  5. Such a gorgeous cake! And such a nice, wholesome recipe too!

  6. Is there anything less exotic than quinoa flour to use?

  7. I am absolutely LOVING all your quinoa recipes! So creative and the healthy spins on decadent desserts like this is perfect. Just how I like using quinoa too 🙂

    I’m hosting a Quinoa link up party on my site and would love for you to enter this recipe if you’d like 🙂

    It’s a weekend link party that will be hosted bi-weekly called Thank Goodess it’s Quinoa (TGIQ):

    Hope to see you there!

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  10. Thank you for posting the alternative flours that could be used in this mouth watering dessert. I hope to make it very, very soon! 🙂

    I have Celiac Disease, and have learned that there are varieties of Quinoa that will trigger exactly the same autoimmune reaction that gluten does. For that reason, I have chosen to eliminate quinoa as an ingredient that is “OK” for me to use. For any other Celiacs reading this blog, here’s the article that alerted me:

  11. how can this cake be guilt free at 320 calories? it sounds heavenly for someone that doesnt have to count calories,but i do(sad face)

    • Gloria-
      In my opinion, 320 calories is not a lot… either for someone who requires 1200 calories a day and for someone who requires 3000 calories a day.
      I believe this cake is guilt-free because it is filling and 100% healthy, unlike regular cakes full of bleached flour, sugar, butter, artificial flavorings and excess salt. All those nasty ingredients trick the stomach and brain and don’t make you feel full, that’s why it’s so easy to eat four slices of sugary cake. My recipe is full of healthy fats, fiber, complex carbohydrates and protein (all of these provide satiety and a sense of fullness), so it would probably be impossible to eat four of these protein cakes. This recipe contains both macronutrients and micronutrients, which are actually beneficial to the human body 🙂

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  13. Hi! I totally love your recipes! =D you’ve completely changed my perspective of desserts!
    I was wondering if I could use another flour, since I don’t have quinoa flour. Almond or rice flour perhaps? (Sorry, not a native English speaker here :P)

    • Aw thank you so much! I’m glad you like my recipes 🙂
      I’ve made this recipe before using brown rice flour with good results! I haven’t tried almond flour though, so I’m not sure if that would work. I hope you like the cake!
      PS: Your English is great 😀

  14. Hi! I came across this blog just a few months ago, and I absolutely love it! I have been looking FOREVER for a place I could find desserts that are more beneficial for the human body. Whenever I look for a dessert recipe, I shake my head if I spot ‘butter’ or ‘refined sugar’. Thank you so much for inventing these delicious concoctions that the health foodies can enjoy!

    I was just wondering; would it be a good idea to eat one of your mug cake recipes for breakfast? Because I would DEFINITELY do so if it was fitting. ;]

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