7 Health Benefits of Quinoa: Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes


Understanding that Quinoa is a super-food and it’s 7 health benefits is good information. But you need to get it out of the knowing to the reality of actually eating it. Combine this superfood with another great healthy choice like sweet potatoes and you have a homerun recipe.

 7 Health Benefits of Quinoa is:

  • a complete protein-rich food that contains all 9 essential amino acids has almost double the fiber of other grains.
  • contains a healthy dose of Iron.
  • contains lysine which is great for tissue growth and repair.
  • is a great source of magnesium.
  • is high in Riboflavin (B2).
  • has a high content of manganese which is a great antioxidant.

Here’s a great gluten-free, vegan recipe with Quinoa that is DELICIOUS!

 Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes (from BodyMindGreen.com)

Makes 10 cakes (5 servings)


  • 2 medium baked sweet potatoes (skins discarded)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper and set aside. Place prepared sweet potatoes in a large bowl and use a fork to mash potatoes against sides of bowl until only small chunks of potato appear. Stir in quinoa, scallions, garlic, salt, red pepper and cumin, stirring to thoroughly combine ingredients.

Using wet hands, begin shaping quinoa mixture into palm-sized patties, placing on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until mixture is gone.

Pour olive oil into a small bowl and use a silicone brush to lightly coat the top of each patty with oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Drizzle approximately 1 Tbsp. Avocado-Lime Dressing (below) on top of two patties and serve.

Avocado-Lime Dressing (gluten-free and vegan) Makes approximately 6 servings (2 Tablespoons per serving)


  • 1 avocado, peel and pit removed
  • 1 Tbsp. of sesame tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 cilantro sprigs, minced
  • juice of 1/2 lime


Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and pulse until smooth (about 1-2 minutes).

Serve over Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes, or use as a salad dressing.

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  • Tamar

    I only saw six listed healthy benefits of Quinoa. Are you including gluten free as one of the healthy benefits? If so, why didn't you list it like the other 6?

    • Sandy

      That is too funny! I am a writer, math is obviously not my strong point. I honestly do appreciate you pointing that out. And to think it has been shared close to 5000 times on facebook. I wonder how many others have picked up on this. I best not be skipping my morning coffee any time soon.
      Healthy blessings,

  • ronnie36ronnie511

    You know we here in South Africa do not even know what Quinoa is! maybe we know it by another name? I don't know!
    Looks good and de

    • Sandy


      Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) and can be purchased in Africa at this site (at least that is what their site says): http://www.freshearth.co.za/

      Healthy blessings,

  • Anne M

    How about a picture of the cakes instead of a not-so-helpful one of quinoa grains?

  • Yes I agree but the kind folks at natural news choose photos and we have no ability to post or change photos. They do a great job but cant always find the right match!

  • Mariarosa Sclauzero

    I’m macrobiotic most of my life…I listen to my body to tell me what I need…Amen.