Healthy Baked Quinoa Cakes with Herbed Cashew Sauce

Easy-to-Make Quinoa Patties with Sauce

Today I’m sharing a great any day recipe. It’s perfect for any time of the year when you’re in need of a kid-friendly, but healthy, protein packed meal you can whip up really easily. 

My baked quinoa patties are so easy to make, and they use up the leftover quinoa I often have in my fridge from dinners earlier in the week. The best part is that kids love these quinoa patties, so getting some healthy protein and nutrients into them will be a breeze. 

They only take 20 minutes in the oven, and while they bake you can easily whip up the herbed cashew sauce for your quinoa patties. It adds a gourmet and flavorful finishing drizzle to make the meal complete, and if the kids object, ketchup tastes great too. 

With my suggestions on additions and substitutions, you’ll see why this is a regular way for us to use leftover quinoa to get a quick and easy healthy vegan dinner on the table.

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closeup of quinoa patties with creamy cashew herb sauce

Ingredients in Baked Quinoa Cakes

A great feature of these baked quinoa patties is just how little cooking you have to do. With leftover quinoa the rest of the ingredients come together to make a meal in a snap. 

  • Quinoa, cooked
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Paprika
  • Flaxseed, ground

And, while your kids may be happiest dipping their quinoa patties in ketchup, to make the quick herbed cashew sauce you’ll also need a few more ingredients. 

  • Cashews, soaked
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Salt & pepper

When it comes to using up your leftover quinoa, you can use whatever color and variety your family eats most often, as long as it’s cooked.

If you’ve forgotten to soak your cashews overnight, just pour boiling water over them about an hour before you plan to cook. That will soften them enough to allow your creamy sauce for quinoa patties to blend easily. 

This recipe is also a great opportunity to add some extra vegetables. Add things like shredded zucchini or carrots, cooked sweet potato, or chopped greens like spinach or kale to boost the already healthy baked quinoa cakes. You could also add fun spices to switch things up now and again. Indian spices like a good curry powder is one of our favorite ways to enjoy them.

quinoa patty ingredients in bowls

How to Make Healthy Quinoa Patties

When you’re ready to get your baked quinoa cakes started, you’ll need a large baking sheet that’s been lightly oiled, and an oven preheated to 350°F. 

First combine all the ingredients for the quinoa patties into a large bowl. The quinoa does bind together with the other ingredients better if it’s warm. Leftover quinoa can simply be microwaved a tiny bit until it’s warmed slightly. 

All the ingredients should mix together to form a sticky paste, and from there you can use a small spoon or a cookie scoop and wet hands to shape the quinoa mixture into patties. This recipe yields about 12 to 15 depending on how big you make them.

Place them on the oiled sheet and then into the oven to bake. The first side should bake for up to 15 minutes, just long enough for them to brown and form a crust before you try to flip them over.

Once they’ve been flipped, allow them to bake for another 5 minutes to finish cooking. When they’re out of the oven, allow them to cool just enough to handle and serve hot with your choice of sauces for quinoa patties.

steps for mixing and forming quinoa patty dough for baking

Making Cashew Herb Sauce for Quinoa Patties

There are many sauces that would be delicious with these baked quinoa patties, but my best recommendation is this herbed cashew sauce. It’s creamy, full of herb flavor from chives and parsley, and comes together in just minutes with a blender. 

To make it, just add everything into the blender. I like to leave chive or two out, then I chop and garnish my final plate with them, but the rest goes in together.

herb sauce ingredients blended to a creamy mixture

Blend until everything is a smooth creamy sauce. If it’s too thick, feel free to add small splashes of water until your sauce is the texture you like. Then, serve over your warm quinoa patties and garnish with those chive pieces. We like to dip them into the sauce, or sometimes I serve them up over salad greens for a healthy, filling vegan dinner salad. 

quinoa cakes on a bed of spinach with creamy cashew herb dressing on top

If 12 to 15 patties seem like a lot for your family, you can freeze them. In fact, you may wish to double them and keep them ready in your freezer for a quick snack or lunch.

Quinoa keeps really well in the freezer and these patties should taste delicious for at least 2 months.

baked quinoa patty on a fork with creamy cashew sauce closeup

Final Thoughts

This is one of those recipes that’s so healthy and easy, you won’t mind that your kids are covering them in sauce, because they’re getting so much healthy nutrition while they’re at it. 

Adults will love the herb cashew sauce for their quinoa patties. You can easily serve them up as a starter, a main, or a light lunch to any crowd.

Since they’re so easy to make, you can try out this sauce and more, as well as different additions like veggies, greens, and spices to change up the flavor profile of your quinoa patties. 

With this healthy, easy recipe in your hand, you’ll have a quick go to vegan meal that everyone will enjoy for even the busiest of nights. I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to hear what variations you try and enjoy.

quinoa patties with sauce on top of spinach

Healthy Baked Quinoa Cakes with Herbed Cashew Sauce

Yield: 10 patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A healthy and tasty baked quinoa cake topped with a creamy herb-infused cashew sauce. These patties are versatile and taste good on top of a salad or on their own.

Ingredients

Quinoa Cakes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Instructions

    1. For the quinoa cakes, set all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. You should have a sticky paste.  It’s better to use the quinoa while still warm, otherwise, it's harder to combine.
    2. Use wet hands and a spoon to form the quinoa paste into 10 quinoa cakes or 12-15 tiny sized cakes.
    3. Set the cakes on a baking sheet with a little oil so they don’t stick. Bake them in a heated oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, taking care to let them brown and form a crust before flipping.  Cook them for 5 more minutes on the other side.
    4. For the cashew sauce, you’ll want the cashews soaked in water overnight.  Another option is to have the cashews soak in boiling water for 1 hr before use.  
    5. Put all the ingredients in a food processor (except for a handful of chives to garnish at the end) and blend until it's a smooth sauce. Add extra water for a more liquid consistency.
    6. Serve the quinoa cakes with the herbed cashew sauce on their own or on a bed of lettuce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate and is for estimation purposes only.

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Stephanie Mantilla

Plant-Based Diet & Vegan Lifestyle Expert

Stephanie is the founder of Plant Prosperous, a plant-based vegan living, and parenting blog. She has been eating a plant-based diet for over 24 years along with a B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science. She also has over 14 years of experience working in the environmental and conservation sectors. Stephanie is currently raising her son on a plant-based diet and hopes to help others who are wanting to do the same. You can read more about her here.

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