Monday, August 25, 2014

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Muffins

Have you tried quinoa? High in protein and fiber, quinoa [KEEN-wah] is not only healthy and versatile, it also tastes wonderful and has a nice crunch. I like quinoa because it's a light and fluffy grain, but it's also very filling. Last night I made a big batch of it to use in a Quinoa Tuna Casserole recipe. If you have never made it before, quinoa is super easy to make; you cook it just like rice! I had some quinoa left over so I decided to try a new, healthy recipe for muffins. 


Yes, MUFFINS! I have used quinoa as a side dish or in dinner recipes, but this was my first time using quinoa in a baked good so I really had no idea what to expect when I made these muffins...

But I was pleasantly surprised, as these Chocolate Chip Quinoa Muffins turned out delicious! They are hearty and filling; the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Quinoa is packed full of fiber and protein so these muffins will keep you full and going strong all day. There is no butter or oil in this recipe, so you can feel better about enjoying one (or two) of these little guys! Heat up in the microwave a few minutes for a warm, tasty treat...


I just love how versatile this healthy grain is... you can eat quinoa plain, in dinner dishes, side dishes, and even baked goods!

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Muffins
based on a recipe by
makes about 1 dozen muffins

2 cups cooled, cooked quinoa
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup packed light-brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup soy milk
2 large eggs
¼ cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, mini chocolate chips and quinoa. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, egg, yogurt, and vanilla.

Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Divide among muffin cups.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


What are your favorite ways to eat quinoa?

- Janel

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recipe! My kids are gobbling these up like they're the best thing since sliced bread! I made waaaay too much quinoa though because I wasn't sure how many dry cups of quinoa would equate to the called for cooked quinoa, but I supposed I'll use the extra to make Quinoa Enchilada Casserole tomorrow night! (PS, the directions mention 'buttermilk', but I just ignored this part and figured you'd modified a different original recipe.)