From the USANA Test Kitchen: Quinoa Pancakes

USANA Test Kitchen

IMG_3578Fall is in the air. And while I love fall, I am not quite ready for the cooler weather. Are you?

Either way, school has begun which means wrangling homework and show & tell together has been added to our weekday, morning routine.

To make my life a little bit easier, I try to keep extra pancakes, muffins, and breakfast cookies in the freezer. This is a recipe I have had in my “I’ll try that someday” file, and finally decided to give it a go.

Quinoa Pancakes*

Until this recipe, I had not seen a pancake (or similar) recipe using cooked quinoa. I gave out samples after Missy and I spoke on the Convention Store Stage at #USANA14, and I am happy to say – these were a hit. They were also a hit with my family. I even had to put a “Do Not Eat” sign in my kitchen when I was making the pancakes for Convention!


1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup Nutrimeal™ Free
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon butter, melted
¼ cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the quinoa, flour, Nutrimeal™ Free, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a different bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, butter, milk and syrup.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
4. Heat pan(s) over medium heat. Use a little butter or oil in the pan, whichever you prefer is fine.
5. Drop batter into pan, flip once bubbles appear on top.
6. Once cooked, serve pancakes with toppings of your choice.

Make It Your Own

As I try to do with most of my recipes, there a plenty of ways to make these your own. The original recipe gave brown rice as an option for the quinoa, which I think would be equally delicious. The next time I make these, I am going to try to substitute flax seed for the egg. You could easily replace the milk with a non-dairy milk of your choice. As the amount of flour is pretty small, I am sure you could substitute other flours, including gluten-free.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. Please let me know in the comments. Also, please share your go-to recipes to help your family make breakfast a little easier.

*Recipe based upon recipe for Quinoa Cakes, MSL Everyday Foods

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