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Quinoa Johnnycakes made in your Blendtec or Vitamix blender by @BlenderBabes

Quinoa Johnnycakes

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Course: Breakfast, Pancakes
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
12 servings (2 pancakes)
Calories: 208.6kcal
Author: Dr. Andrew Weil's True Food Cookbook


  • 2 cups red quinoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⁄4 cup evaporated cane sugar OR coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole milk OR your favorite milk substitute
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon expeller-pressed canola oil
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup Greek-style plain or vanilla nonfat yogurt
  • Maple syrup for serving


  • Bring a saucepan with 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add the quinoa and stir. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the quinoa is dry and fluffy, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk well to combine.
  • For Vitamix: Using a 64oz jar*, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, and canola oil. Start on Variable Speed 1 and increase Speed 4 or 10 seconds. Add to bowl with the dry ingredients and hand mix until just combined. Add the cooked quinoa, and blend until just combined, taking care not to over mix.
  • For Blendtec: If you have the recipe: Combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, and canola oil in your Blendtec Wildside Jar* and blend for 15 seconds on the Manual Speed 2 (or LOW). Then add the dry ingredients to the blender, using the Speed 4 (or Medium) for 15 seconds. Then add the quinoa to the blender, using Speed 5 (or Medium) until just combined, taking care not to over mix. For full recipe, only blend wet ingredients and add to large bowl with dry ingredients and combine. Gently fold in quinoa.
  • Let batter rest for up to an hour.
  • Lightly brush the cooking surface of a nonstick pan or griddle with canola oil. Pour about 1⁄3 cup of the batter onto the hot pan. Drop several blueberries on top of each pancake. When bubbles form in the batter, flip and cook on the other side until lightly browned. Continue with the remaining batter and blueberries. Serve topped with a dollop of yogurt and maple syrup on the side.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


This recipe can be made without a blender, whisking the wet in one bowl, the dry in another, adding the wet to dry and hand mixing, and gently folding in the quinoa.
* If using the Blendtec Fourside Jar or smaller than 64oz Vitamix jar, will need to add the wet ingredients to a bowl with the dry ingredients and hand mix, then gently fold in quinoa. These jars are not big enough to do all in the blender.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 208.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.4g | Protein: 8.6g | Fat: 3.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 362.7mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 8.5g