Trader Joe's Fudgy Chocolate Quinoa Loaf & Cake Mix: Worth It???

Everyone loves Trader Joe's, how could you not? Frozen TJ meals literally got me through my last semester of college (shout out to the chicken chow mein and the linguine with pesto and tomatoes). A week or so ago I was wandering through the aisles of TJ's trying not to buy everything, when I came across this:

It's gluten free and made with quinoa flour. So it has to be healthier than brownies right? (love me some Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownies). FYI, I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world, I absolutely love desserts so sometimes I'm looking for something that is more on the healthier side, but still tastes like a dessert to me. So I bought this mix to try, here's what I thought:

Okay, the dry mix smells a little bit like dirt, not a fan of that smell but I'm going to give it a chance. It's really simple to make, the directions are on the box and all you need to add from your own kitchen is water, oil, and eggs. The consistency seemed a little watery to me. I decided to put it in a loaf pan rather than try to make a cake.

It smells great in the oven, literally exactly like a chocolate cake. The box says to cook it between 55 and 60 minutes, mine needed the full hour.

Done! The texture is very light and spongey, so it's difficult to take it out as one sturdy slice like a banana bread loaf. To be honest, I was very skeptical about this but it actually surprised me. You can definitely tell it's not Betty Crocker, but it's yummy and super light.

I will say I would not recommend eating it by itself. It's definitely made to be more of a cake and needs frosting, whipped cream, ice cream, fruit, something to go with it. But if you're going to make a cake and want a healthier option to use as the base, I would definitely recommend it. It tastes good and it's good for you. So: worth it? Yes, as a cake made to go with other things!




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