Quinoa Broccoli Cakes with Avocado Cream Topping plus the Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa Broccoli Cakes with Avocado Cream Topping

Quinoa Broccoli Cakes with Avocado Cream Topping

I always make too much quinoa! I end up storing the leftovers in the fridge for sprinkling on salads. Recently, I opened the fridge and that rather large bag of superfluous quinoa stared at me, begging me to do something different and delicious with it.

I am calling this recipe “Quinoa Broccoli Cakes” but the word “cake” kind of sounds misleading—-is it a pancake, burger, patty, latke, fritter?—I’m not quite sure! All of the above? But it came out fabulous– and topping it with the avocado “cream” made it over the top delicious! The broccoli gives it some healthy green power and the sundried tomato, garlic and rosemary give it that punch of flavor.

Some veggie burgers have issues holding together, so I used a thickened chia powder/water mixture which worked really well. This is a popular replacement for eggs in many recipes. I also put in a small amount of flour, just in case. I felt that both were very binding and the fritters stayed together.

The health benefits of quinoa are huge and anytime you can find a way to get some into your diet, you’ll reap the nutrients! Below is a list of all the great stuff found in quinoa! No wonder the the Incan civilization called it a wonder food of the gods!

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But first….">Why is QUINOA such a SUPERFOOD?

  1. contains all of the 9 amino acids that your body needs
  2. considered a complete protein
  3. high in fiber—1 cup of quinoa contains 20% of your daily fiber
  4. high in iron—1 cup of quinoa contains 15% of your daily iron
  5. high in magnesium— 1 cup of quinoa contains 1/3 of your daily magnesium
  6. high in B2 or riboflavin— 1 cup contains 6% of your daily B2
  7. high in manganese— 1 cup contains 50% of your daily manganese
  8. contains lysine— for lean muscle, immune strength and healthy serotonin
  9. it’s gluten free
  10. it’s low in fat
  11. it’s low on the glycemic index and promotes healthy blood sugar levels
  12. contains flavenoids —healthy cardiovascular disease and anti inflammatory
  13. contains vitamin B6, Vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, potassium, plus minerals like copper, zinc, and folate, as well as the antioxidants phytonutrients quercetin and kaempferol">

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Quinoa Broccoli Cakes with Avocado Cream

makes about 8-9 cakes

vegan american princess Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds, ground into powder, or already ground chia powder
  • 6 Tablespoons warm water 
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cooked and chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons powdered garlic (more, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour, or gluten-free flour
  • sprinkle of fresh rosemary
  • cooking oil spray or olive oil


  1. Mix the chia seed powder and warm water and set aside for about 5 minutes to thicken
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the other ingredients well
  3. Add the chia and water mixture to the bowl and mix well
  4. Put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes
  5. Form small patties with the mixture, packing tightly, and set all aside on a plate
  6. Heal oil in a frying pan and pan-fry for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden brown, being careful when turning them
  7. Serve with a dollop of avocado cream

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Avocado “Cream” Topping

Avocado Cream ToppingIngredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons veganaise or Just Mayo (vegan mayo)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • squeezed juice of a wedge of fresh lemon 


Blend all the ingredients in a food processor. That’s it!

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xox Enjoy!

Ellen Francis

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