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Avocado Quinoa Cakes {Meatless Monday}

I love a contest.  It’s rare that I win anything, but I love the anticipation of it all, and the thought of what I’m going to do with all that prize money.  I have a nice long list of places to go and things to buy.  After the college bills are paid.  Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up that this week is full of contest entries… 🙂

In full disclosure, I do only enter cooking contests for products that I love, use and recommend, so any possibility of prize winnings is actually a bonus.  Today’s contest is for avocados, and we all know how much I LOVE avocados!  They’re a staple in my house all year long not only because they taste good and work in so many recipes, but also because they’re super healthy.  Full of heart healthy fats, and lots of nutrients, avocados are a nice addition to so many recipes.

This one is a twist on tacos, which we love either as a veggie meal, or with grilled chicken or fish.  Instead of tortillas, I used quinoa for a high protein grain, and avocados for some richness and healthy fat.

Avocado Quinoa Cakes|Craving Something Healthy


The Avocado Crema adds a wonderful creamy, richness and the salsa gives it some fresh crunch.  Love the entire flavor combo!


Avocado Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Crema and Salsa Fresca

Yield: 10 large or 20 small cakes

Avocado Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Crema and Salsa Fresca


    For Quinoa Cakes:
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large Poblano pepper, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ cup rice powder (or regular white flour if preferred)
  • 1 medium Hass avocado - diced
  • For Avocado Crema:
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ medium Hass avocado – mashed
  • zest of 1 lime, plus juice of ½ lime
  • Salt
  • For Salsa Fresca:
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup cilantro, mined
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, minced (optional)
  • ½ medium Hass avocado - diced
  • juice of ½ lime
  • Salt


For Avocado Crema

Place Greek yogurt, avocado, lime zest and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor, and blend until smooth. Season with salt.

For Salsa Fresca

Add first five ingredients to a bowl, and toss gently to combine. Add lime juice and season with salt. Let sit at room temperature while you prepare the quinoa cakes.

For Quinoa Cakes

Bring 2 cups water and salt to a boil. Add quinoa, and reduce heat to low. Cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool. Quinoa can be prepared ahead of time.

Pour cooled quinoa into a large mixing bowl, and add the cumin, scallions, cilantro, and chopped Poblano pepper. Stir to combine. Beat eggs and milk together in a small bowl, and add to quinoa mixture. Add cheese and mix all well. Stir in rice flour and make sure everything is combined well. Let sit for 10 minutes, so flour can absorb any moisture. Gently fold in diced avocado.

Heat a non-stick skillet and lightly spray with cooking spray. While pan is heating, form quinoa mixture mounds and flatten into cakes (this will make approximately 20-2 inch cakes, or 10 larger ones). Add quinoa cakes to the skillet so they fit with some room in between them. Cook quinoa cakes for 5-7 minutes, or until the bottoms are deeply browned. Carefully flip the cakes with a spatula and cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden.

Remove from the skillet, and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining quinoa cakes.

Serve topped with Avocado Crema and Salsa Fresca.


Quinoa cakes can be made in advance and kept refrigerated for 2-3 days, or frozen. Nutrition information is for quinoa cakes only.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 large cake or 2 small
Servings Per Container 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Don’t be afraid of the length of this recipe!  It’s actually quite easy and can all be made ahead of time.  Any extra quinoa cakes can even be frozen for another great meal.


How do you love avocados?

Eat well!

4 Responses to “Avocado Quinoa Cakes {Meatless Monday}”

  1. Ashley says:

    I made the avocado quinoa cakes with the crema and salsa, and I have to say it was absolutely delicious!! I could have eaten all 10 of the cakes in one sitting. They are so light and with the crema and salsa, it just tastes so fresh. I will definitely be making these again.

  2. Jessika says:

    I will be making these for lunch tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

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