Quinoa Quince Pancakes

May 24, 2012
You know those combinations are just a little too fantastic, too opposing or too absurd?…That surely they could not possibly work? Like, for example, peanut butter and chocolate? And salted caramel? Or maybe spaghetti with vegemite? Ok, I went possibly a little too far with that last one…noted.

My point is that sometimes seemingly ridiculous combinations or contrasting flavours can work. While quinoa and quince don’t exactly encourage repulsion, I nevertheless found this combination to be rather interesting to work with. Pungent and nutty quinoa flour vs dreamy and yielding sweet quince… finding the right balance took some messy practice. But we got there.

Have you used quinoa flour before? It’s quite the rambunctious ingredient. It’s different, it’s nutty and it’s decidedly self-assured. When I first attempted to make quince pancakes using quinoa flour I found the ground quinoa flavour all together far too overwhelming. It suffocated the quince. The balance was way off, I needed to bring the sweetness out so that you weren’t lamenting the presence of quinoa and pining for the regular stuff after the first bite. Because quinoa flour is worth having in your life. It’s nutrient profile is far superior to white flour, providing you with protein and fibre, as well as other important micronutrients. And it’s gluten-free to boot, so coeliac peeps can feel the love. I hate to exclude people, especially when pancakes are involved.

So some Saturday mornings later, after a little tweaking here and there, we have a rather lovely quinoa quince pancake recipe, using leftover poached quince. The sweet, soft, poetic chunks of this Autumn fruit contrast wonderfully with the earthy, fluffy pancake batter. The sharp nuttiness of the quinoa flour champions through, yet it’s nice, you welcome the contrast. It works. It’s balanced.

Next stop, spaghetti with vegemite.


Quinoa Quince Pancakes

Serves 2 (makes 4 small pancakes)


1/2 cup Quinoa Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder (ensure you use gluten-free baking powder for gluten-free pancakes)
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
A pinch of Salt
1 Egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
100g Poached Quince (recipe link)
Butter to grease the pan


1. Sift the flour, baking powder and sugar (to ensure there are no sugar lumps) into a mixing bowl. Add the cinnamon and salt, then stir to combine.
2. Add the beaten egg, milk and vanilla to the bowl and fold the ingredients together (be sure to not over-work the mixture).
3. Let the mixture sit for ~20 minutes.
4. Chop the quince into 1.5cm chunks. Carefully fold through the batter.
5. Heat a non-stick pan over low-medium heat. Grease the pan with a little butter. When the pan is hot, add a scoop of the mixture (remembering to allow for 4 pancakes) and flatten slightly so the pancake is spread in an even circle (some quince chunks might pop through a little, that is fine). Cook the pancakes on one side for a few minutes until golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side for another couple of minutes until golden and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining mixture (using two pans or cooking two batches, keeping the first batch warm under on a plate). Serve.

We served our quinoa quince pancakes with maple syrup and banana yoghurt (frozen banana blended with a little vanilla yoghurt). It was rather dazzling.


Heidi xo

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  • Miss T May 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I don't think it's odd at all – delicious!
    T x

  • Leah May 24, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Looks delicious Heidi. I've never used quinoa flour. I'm super keen to try this recipe 🙂

  • xoCATox May 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Mm, they look tasty! I have still yet to start my foray into the world of quince though… better get onto that quick smart!

  • xoCATox May 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

    PS – I hope you DO decide to try spaghetti with Vegemite! I am intrigued.

  • Kari May 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    This looks lovely Heidi – I fell in love with quinoa and fruit pikelets earlier this year using rolled quinoa flakes so am whole-heartedly in support of the combination you have used 🙂

  • Blithely Unaware May 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat the!!!
    Ok, these look interesting!
    I'm guessing you could use berries or whatever you have in the casa to "fill" them.
    I'd never heard of kinwaaaaaah flour before and totally want to give it a whirl now.
    Hasn't it turned into one of the most fascinating foods lately!


  • Nic@diningwithastud May 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    What an interesting brekkie 🙂 sounds fab! And so filling!! Im never full enough after breakfast haha. Always get snacky about an hour later

  • CC11 May 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Oh my goodness!!! I adore quince and pancakes so extra yum!

  • Lisa May 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Mmmm that looks delicious. And I have poached quince in the fridge. This could just be the recipe for this weekend!

  • Sydney Shop Girl May 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I'm such an ignoramus. I had no idea that quinoa could be made into a flour. I really enjoy eating it as a grain instead of rice.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    SSG xxx

  • Ames May 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    What an interesting combination! Love quinoa but never thought of it as an ingredient for pancakes! How inventive and they do look dazzling :). Thanks for sharing!

  • The InTolerant Chef May 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I haven't used quinoa flour before but I'm a big fan of it otherwise. I'll hunt some down and give it a try. I am a huge, huge, fan of Quince though, and I bet the both together are wonderful indeed!

  • Jonathon Clarke May 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm


    Hi Heidi,

    Great post, as always! In case you want to try it, here's Lorraine's post on Vegemite spaghetti 🙂

  • mamacino May 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I love the sound of this…I've been trying out different kinds of gluten free pancakes…I will put this recipe on my list x

  • Michelle Chin May 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    When i told my friends i used quinoa in muffins, all of them were taken aback by the statement. they always say that i'm a shocker because i always combine the weirdest things together in the recipe.

    but hey it works! not a crime!

  • Hannah May 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Teehee, I was totally about to comment with that Nigella recipe, and then tell you that the *real* next weird step is probably me with my mashing up cold tofu with vegemite, tabasco, and nutritional yeast. Quince and quinoa? Totally normal 😉

    P.S. Really. These look wonderful. I would like to make a bed out of these pancakes and sleep on them. Actually, just sleeping would be nice. xoxo

    P.P.S. Oh my oh my your honeymoon? Soon? 🙂 🙂

  • Margaret May 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Fascinating. What a wonderful idea – and the banana yoghurt too. 🙂

  • Heidi May 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Miss T- thanks 🙂

    Leah – it's strong but lovely, I think you'll like quinoa flour!

    Cat – oh yes please do get into quince! They're divine.

    Kari – sounds splendid!

    Blithely Unaware – it totally has!! Everyone is quinoa mad.

    Nic – sounds like you need a new breakfast then!!

    CC11 – thanks, lovely 🙂

    Lisa – yay!

    SSG – hehe no you're not an ignoramus, quinoa is totally surprising 😉

    Ames – you're so welcome!

    InTolerant Chef – yay for quinoa love 🙂

    Jonathon – yes thanks, I know that post well. Love Lorraine 🙂

    mamacino – yay!

    Michelle – totally not a crime!

    hannah – yes so soon!! 5 weeks today 🙂 thanks, lovely. & tofu with vegemite, tobacco and nutritional yeast is completely normal. not. kidding. no, I'm not. love.

    Margaret – oh that banana yoghurt… 🙂 love!

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I shall be passing on the spag with vegemite!

    Haven't used quinoa flour before, only just started using quinoa. Need to hunt down some quinces at the market this week 🙂

  • Hannah May 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Oh, haven't tried quinoa flour- I can imagine it to be a delicious nutty taste. And I really love your idea of the banana yoghurt! I'll be keeping my eye out for quinces tomorrow at the markets… 🙂 x

  • Not Quite Nigella May 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I can totally see how this would work Heidi! Actually I had something rather unusual-quinoa coated chocolate. Not too bad although I think the chocolate itself was a bit too sweet.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Wow i never knew there was quinoa flour 🙂 I've never had quinoa before or let alone cooked with it hehe but these pancakes sure look tasty and i'm new to Quince but find that I quite like it 😀

  • hollypop May 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm