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Crispy Quinoa Cauliflower Cakes with Herbed Brazil Nut Cream
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Quinoa-Cauliflower Cakes with Herbed Brazil Nut Cream

These vegan and gluten-free crispy quinoa-cauliflower cakes are the perfect light lunch or appetizer. Serve them with a dollop of herbed brazil nut cream to take the flavors soaring to new heights.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Entrée
Servings: 12 patties
Author: Ashley


For the Crispy Quinoa-Cauliflower Cakes

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa, cooked according to instructions
  • 2 cups finely grated cauliflower(about ½ medium head of cauliflower)
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the Herbed Brazil Nut Cream:

  • ½ cup raw brazil nuts, soaked in hot water for 1 hour*
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

For Garnishing

  • lime wedges


To Make the Crispy Quinoa-Cauliflower Cakes

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Add the chia seeds and water to a small bowl, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add the rolled oats to food processor, and process for 2-3 minutes or until you have a coarse flour.
  • Add the chia egg, oat flour, cooked quinoa, grated cauliflower, chives, lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, chili flakes, garlic, and sea salt to a bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until just mixed.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper or silpat. Use a ¼ measuring cup to scoop out the mixture. Gently form into a patty and place on baking pan (note: the mixture will be quite wet). Repeat.
  • Bake the patties for 30-40 minutes or until golden-brown with crispy exteriors, flipping over halfway through baking (around 20-minute mark).
  • Assemble with 3-4 patties per plate and a smear or drizzle of the herbed brazil nut cream. Serve with a lime wedge, and spritz with fresh lime juice before eating.

To Make the Herbed Brazil Nut Cream:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth (about 4-5 minutes), stopping to scrape down sides as needed.


*If you don't have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the brazil nuts for 2 hours or longer as they can be a bit tougher to blend because of their size.