City of Stars: Flourless Quinoa Brownies

Live from Hollywood, it is Oscar Sunday!

Like almost every little girl from a small town, I grew up with big dreams of seeing my name in lights. Oscar Sunday was my Christmas. I would watch the red carpet for hours before the stars arrived and when they did I would study their every move, word and grace. I was in complete awe. I wrote and practiced my acceptance speech. I drew pictures of what my hair, dress and date would look like on Oscar night (hair down with curls and bangs – think Jennifer Love Hewitt in the early 2000s, dress was purple with sparkles obviously, and my date…hello Nick Carter).

And then I grew up.

Although I have (somewhat) come to terms with the fact that I will likely not be gracing the Oscar stage in this lifetime, one of my favourite nominated movies reminded me that just when you think it’s time to give up the magic happens. LaLa Land is hands down the most magical, whimsical movie I have ever seen. That movie is an anthem, a declaration, a credo for every small town girl who dreams of seeing her name in lights. For every girl who wrote her Oscar speech in a diary at age 9 in hopes that bringing her diary on stage in 15 years to read that very speech would up her likability in Hollywood. For every girl who just wanted to be a part of the city of stars.

P.S. These guilt-free brownies are a part of my ‘Sweating for the Wedding’ series and are perfect final touch to your Oscar night party.

Flourless Quinoa Brownies


1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup almond milk
2 flax eggs (or eggs, if not vegan)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

Assembling the Brownies

  1. Cook quinoa in 1 cup of water and let cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 350* and line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor, blend quinoa until a paste forms. Add in melted coconut oil and milk and continue to blend into paste.
  4. Transfer the paste into a bowl. Mix in eggs, syrup, vanilla and palm sugar until smooth. Add in cocoa powder and baking soda until combined. The batter will be much thinner than a normal brownie batter.
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Sprinkle with icing sugar and top with berries (or chocolate sauce).



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