Double Chocolate Crunch Quinoa Flake Bake

I feel like the box should say:

DANGER contains chocolate.

When Alina at Enjoy Life told me they were sending me a couple of their new allergy-friendly chocolate products, I jumped for joy, then quickly started planning a recipe.

As soon as the box came in the mail, I opened the bag inconspicuously and grabbed a huge handful of mega chunks. By the time I’d taken these pictures, at least half the bag was gone…

Semi-sweet chocolate mega chunks

Dangerous. I think I ate a quarter of the bag in one sitting. They’re not as sweet as normal chocolate chips and only have 3 ingredients: Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Chocolate Liquor (non-Alcoholic), Non-dairy Cocoa Butter. No soy!

I really have nothing bad to say about these chips in all honesty.

Double chocolate crunch granola

I recently bought a bag of Enjoy Life cinnamon crunch granola and couldn’t believe how sweet it was. I was a bit hesitant to try the double chocolate version, until I looked at this:

You see that? 4g of sugar?! Compared to the 11g in their cinnamon version.

My favorite way to eat this granola is as a topping over my bowl of oats or buckwheat with a couple tablespoon of flax mixed in [the granola is pretty low in fiber, so adding flax will help boost your fiber intake!].

So, what recipe did I created for these products?

A quinoa bake of course!

Double Chocolate Crunch Quinoa Flake Bake

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Double chocolate cake with almonds, chia seeds, and held together by avocado puree + flax eggs.

Inspired by my apple quinoa and strawberry quinoa flake bakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh avocado, mashed
  • 1 flax egg [1 tablespoon freshly ground flax + 3 tablespoon water]
  • 8 almonds, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar [optional - it's great without it!]
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • handful of chocolate chunks [you can try making your own too! Recipe below]

Toppings I used: cocoalmond mania butter, strawberries, and almonds.

Directions

Prepare a 16oz. microwave/oven safe dish by oiling with a dab of coconut oil. Set aside. Drop all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until fully incorporated. Press mixture into prepare dish and even out with fork.

Microwave option: Place in the microwave and cook for 3 1/2 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done when it rises slightly, is harder to the touch, and pulls away from the sides of the dish. Don’t bake it too long, or you’ll have a chocolate Frisbee!

Oven option: Place in a preheated oven at 350F and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to rest for 1 minute before tipping over onto a plate and smothering with your favorite toppings.

Makes 1 breakfast bake.

Chocolate almond chunks

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch white stevia or if you hate stevia, 1-2 teaspoon agave, honey, or coconut sugar

Directions

Mix all ingredients except almond butter in a small bowl until all lumps are gone. Pour mixture into 2 silicon muffin tins and top with almond butter. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and chop.

I had no idea if using avocados as a replacement for some of the flax egg was going to work, but it did! I’m always left with so many rotten avocados at the end of the week so I’ll have to play around with this in other recipes.

Perfect consistency, dense and delicious!

Topped with just a bit of granola goes a long way!

For those that were asking, this is the small ceramic dish I use for my quinoa flake bakes and buckwheat bakes. Having the lid is crucial! Bake, store, eat later! It’s fantastic.

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  1. Whoa! Holy delicious! You’ve totally enlightened me on the wonders of quinoa flakes. I’m bookmarking this recipe…thanks, Leanne!

  2. You would think, with how often I see you using quinoa flakes, that I would have some by now. I don’t know how long it’s going to take until I finally get the memo that I NEED quinoa flakes! As always – this looks amazing. I can’t remember exactly; but I don’t think I’ve ever tried Enjoy Life products. No excuses for that, because I’ve seen them!

  3. This is amazing!! I love my quinoa flakes. Will totally be trying this one!

  4. Love the photo of the bake with the strawberries on top! Chocolate and strawberries are so good together!
    I order from iherb all the time, so I recive yummies several times a week :) My last contained Artisanas Cashew butter- my favorit butter at the moment!

  5. that looks soo good! ive never tried quinoa flakes..only regular quinoa. ill have to try it!

  6. DANGER contains chocolate. = LOL!!!

    that should be, mailman, bring this to me sooner, it contains chocolate!

    avocados. i peel them, chunk them, freeze them, and then you can blend them into your smoothies or as ice cream (recipe coming in a few days) but just a tip for you on those. not that you need any tips b/c clearly your recipe here looks awesome!

  7. You had me a chocolate ;) Brilliant recipe! These pictures are INCREDIBLE, too!

    I’ve never tried Enjoy Life products but they sound wonderful! I’d really like to!

    • Gina, have you had a chance to try any of our products yet? We’ve got LOTS of chocolate options for you :)

  8. Those chocolate chunks look great. It’s hard to find such a good ingredients list. I just got some chia seeds in the mail I should try and post about. It’s the first thing I’ve ever gotten for my blog so I’m super excited :D

  9. Beautiful photos as always. I love how you really have your own distinct photography style, I feel like I could pick your photos out of a line and know for sure that it was yours. I aspire to have the same one day. I’ve never tried that granola, but it sounds really awesome!

    • Thanks so much, Lauren :) Your comment has made my day!

  10. These look amazing! I would never have thought of using avocado! Will have to try tomorrow morning! And I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips in all my baking – they taste great and are essentially allergen free. What’s not to love?

  11. I can’t wait to find this chocolate granola! And it’s only 4 grams of sugar?? Awesome!

    We use a few Enjoy Life products, as we have various allergies/intolerances in our house. It’s so nice to be able to pick up a package that I know is going to be egg, peanut, and gluten free!

    • Jacqui, thanks so much for being a fan! We’re happy to be able to provide you with safe and delicious options.

  12. I think I love you. No, no, I do love you… and I Enjoy Life. ;)

    I LOVE Enjoy Life products and you definitely did them right with these recipes. Everything is making me drool…

  13. Omg I must bookmark this now. That quinoa bake looks incredible!!! Love the strawberries and nutbutter on top. I’ve never heard of Enjoy Life before but their products look amazing :D

  14. Just cooked and stored two buckwheat bakes for breakfasts later this week. If only I had seen this post earlier! I never wourd have thought of using avocado but it looks like it turned out PERFECTLY!

  15. Man, I would love to try this stuff. I haven’t seen it before. We have a nut allergy in the family and it makes things extremely difficult. Great find!

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