Fall Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

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Just in time for fall, these quinoa cakes are the perfect complement to a healthy, veggie-packed meal or a great salad topper! These are inspired by some of my favorite fall flavors as well as the fabulous Tone It Up ladies who introduced me to quinoa cakes in the first place!

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Fall Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

Fall Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

Yields: 3 servings | Serving Size: 2 quinoa cakes | Calories: 204 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 60 mg | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 8 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6 |


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 medium sweet potato baked
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup of the cooked quinoa with the inside of the baked sweet potato and mash together.
  3. Add in your egg white, applesauce, and cinnamon and continue to mix.
  4. Slowly add the remaining 1 cup of quinoa to the mix.
  5. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and flip the cakes. Then bake for another 10 minutes.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!
  8. Makes 6 cakes!
  9. Little tip: Not a fan of cinnamon? Swap the 1/2 tbs. of cinnamon for 1 tsp. of sage for a more savory cake!


15 Comments on "Fall Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes"

  1. Tianna  October 12, 2012

    this sounds delicious! def on my list of recipes to try thanks x

  2. kelly  October 21, 2012

    This was pretty good. I added green onions and carrots to it. My kids actually ate it and they dont eat anything.

  3. Job  September 9, 2014

    How much dry quinoa is used to give 2 cups of cooked?

    • SkinnyMs  September 10, 2014

      Job 1/2 cup dry quinoa yields 2 cups cooked.

      • Job  September 10, 2014

        Thank you!

  4. Liz  October 30, 2014

    Do you use unsweetened applesauce??

  5. brenda rogers  November 21, 2014

    sweet potato quinoa cake

  6. Terri Gaul  February 6, 2015

    What does the applesauce do? Can I leave it out, or use something else in it's place?

    • SkinnyMs  February 6, 2015

      Terri, The applesauce adds moisture, which helps the cake bind together, and a touch of sweetness. If you leave it out, use an extra egg white in it's place. You should be fine without adding sweetener, as it really does not impart much and the sweet potatoes are sweet enough on their own;).

  7. jennifer  February 9, 2015

    We have egg allergies in our house… any recommendations for an egg white substitution here?

  8. Laura  April 24, 2018

    are these freezable?

    • Gale Compton  April 24, 2018

      Laura, I think so, but haven’t frozen them yet. If you do freeze them, be sure to defrost in the fridge.


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