Quinoa Cake Donuts

For Day 2 of BM #15, Q for Quinoa Cake Donuts it is! I had bookmarked this recipe a while back but never got around baking them. But when I was listing out the recipes with each of the alphabet, I realized I could make use of Q and I am glad I baked these as my older one instantly fell for them. 

The original recipe mentions the use of a donut pan which I didn't have so I tweaked it to make a sticky dough so I could shape them as donuts. 

Also I wanted to do a glaze on these donuts but my kids were in a hurry to consume them as is, so I quickly put some syrup and served them. So feel free to add a glaze, roll them in cinnamon sugar or just in powdered sugar. The options are your preference.

Inspired from here.
Ingredients - 
Dry Ingredients -
All Purpose Flour / Maida 1/2 cup
Quinoa Flour 1/4 cup
Cornstarch 1 Tbsp
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon 1/4 tsp
Wet Ingredients - 
Sugar 2/3 cup (I used Brown Sugar)
Oil 2 Tbsp
Quinoa Cooked 1/2 cup
Soy Milk 1/4 cup
Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 Tbsp
For the Sugar syrup - 
3 Tbsp of brown sugar boiled in 1 Tbsp of water to result in a sticky syrup.

Note - I washed, dried , roasted and ground the quinoa to a fine powder and used it as quinoa flour. 

Quinoa Cake Donuts

Method Of Preparation -

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Sift all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Whip up all the wet ingredients in a blender until the mixture is creamy and well blended.

Pour the wet mixture gradually into the flour and mix until a sticky dough results. Oiling your fingers help a lot in tackling the dough.

Pinch out lime sized dough and shape them as donuts (or medhu vada) and arrange in a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake them for about 20-22 min or until a tester comes comes clean. 

Upon cooling pour the sugar syrup, glaze or whatever topping is your preference.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#15.  

Preparation Time 35 min + Baking Time 22 min
Makes 10 medium sized donuts


  1. Champa Says:
  2. Very innovative recipe. Was it spongy to bite?

  3. Wow!!looks so inviting and super delicious....

  4. Simply yummy and delicious looking donuts.


  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. Cool. Are they different from the regular donuts in either texture or flavor?

  7. Looks lovely, am looking for ideas for my kid's bday..will keep this as an option

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  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Wow wat a creativity, very tempting,will try soon.

  10. Shobha Says:
  11. Lovely donuts..specially kids will love them.

  12. donuts are usually fried...really like this healthier version...bookmarked to try!

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. Very interesting recipe with quinoa. Donuts look yumm.

  15. Srivalli Says:
  16. That's really very new and innovative!

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. wow very innovative healthy idea....yum yum..
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  19. jan Says:
  20. Wow, tusi really great creative ho!! Definitely game of for this recipe.Thanks

  21. Kalyani Says:
  22. super yum recipe Harini.. I dont get quinoa here, although wud like to try this for kiddo. DO you think couscous could be a good substitute?

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  23. very innovative..and interesting!!

  24. Very interesting recipe. Doughnuts look nice...

  25. very innovative and healthy recipe!!!

  26. Jayanthi Says:
  27. Quinoa in donuts ...good healthy option. Must be tasty for sure. Good one.

  28. rajani Says:
  29. I was wondering which recipe is it going to be for Q! Never thought of quinoa since we dont get it in India. The donuts look very nice.

  30. Degchi Says:
  31. Doughnuts with quinoa sounds interesting.

  32. Vardhini Says:
  33. Innovative donuts. Looks delicious.


  34. A novel doughnut! Looks fabulous!

  35. Myvegfare Says:
  36. very interesting recipe.., thanks for sharing I would love to try this out.., nice clicks too...

  37. Padmajha Says:
  38. Doughnuts with quinoa is super innovative.Nice recipe...

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