Quinoa Chocolate Streusel Muffins

Quinoa Chocolate Streusel Muffins

This is a somewhat dense muffin. It has a nice sweetness to it and with the streusel on top, it is a muffin that is fitting for a special occasion.

Quinoa Chocolate Streusel Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Cook: 20 to 25 minutes

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp. chia seed, ground

3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp. coconut sugar

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup sorghum flour

2 tbsp. teff flour

3 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1/3 cup cacao

1 tsp. sea salt

4 tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

2 tbsp. raw cacao nibs (optional)

Streusel Topping:

1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp. coconut sugar

2 tbsp. quinoa flakes

1 tbsp. coconut oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

Mix ground chia seeds with almond milk. Set aside.

Measure into food processor: cooked quinoa, applesauce, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla. Mix for about 30 seconds. Add chia seed / milk mixture and mix for an additional 30 seconds. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together brown rice flour, sorghum flour, teff flour, ground flaxseed, cacao, salt, baking powder, coconut, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs.

Add the quinoa mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir together until just combined.

Fill muffin cups to the top.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool.

Notes:

  • Coconut sugar (or coconut crystals) is produced from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut tree. It is low glycemic and is a great substitute for refined white or brown sugar. It has a caramel-like taste and is full of nutrients.
  • Raw cacao nibs are broken up pieces of the cacao bean. Full of antioxidants and  minerals.

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The Jenny Evolution

Quinoa Blueberry Muffins

As I look around the room today, I count 1 husband, 5 cats and 1 muffin. Fortunately. Yes, I say fortunately. Not about the 1 muffin…. I only made 6. With me and a husband in the house, I’m lucky to have 1 muffin left. No, I’m talking about cats.

On Friday, all 5 cats got out accidentally. If the door is the slightest bit loose, Sasha pokes at it until it opens, and there HE GOES….. Luckily my husband discovered this soon enough. The 4 ragdolls were close to the door. Sasha was as far as the garage and did not want to come near us. It took both of us to corner him but we got him. I know all’s well that ends well, but I don’t have to tell you that it took some time for my heartbeat to come back to normal again.

Quinoa Blueberry Muffins 

Quinoa Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Cook: 20 to 25 minutes

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp. chia seed, ground

3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp. coconut sugar

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup sorghum flour

3 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tsp. sea salt

4 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1 tbsp. millet flour (or brown rice flour)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

Mix ground chia seeds with almond milk. Set aside.

Measure into food processor: cooked quinoa, applesauce, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar and  vanilla. Mix for about 30 seconds. Add chia seed / milk mixture and mix for an additional 30 seconds. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together brown rice flour, sorghum flour, ground flaxseed, salt and baking powder.

Add the quinoa mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir together until just combined.

Toss blueberries together with millet flour. Fold gently into mixture. Fill muffin cups to the top.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool.

Notes:

  • If you want to make your muffins with quinoa flour, omit 1/2 cup brown rice flour and 1/2 cup sorghum flour. Use 1 1/2 cups quinoa flour. Toss blueberries with 1 tbsp. quinoa flour instead of millet or brown rice flour.
  • Coconut sugar (or coconut crystals) is produced from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut tree. It is low glycemic and is a great substitute for refined white or brown sugar. It has a caramel-like taste and is full of nutrients.
  • Honey can be substituted for the maple syrup.

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The Jenny Evolution

Oh the memories…

I learned to make (gluten) bread before I was finished high school. Yeasty, soft, crusty.. French toast, grill cheese sandwiches, spread with butter or strawberry jam before the bread had a chance to cool..

I don’t miss bread exactly… I think it’s the whole experience that I miss. Gluten-free bread doesn’t work or taste the same. You can’t expect it to. Without the gluten to add the elasticity to the dough, it doesn’t rise as well and produces a heavier, denser bread.

But, I do love the fact that I’m constantly learning. There’s no reason to get bored in the kitchen with so many different ways to improve your quality of life just with food. Food really can be your medicine.

Blender Flatbread

Blender Flatbread

Yield: 2 large flatbreads (baked in two 10-inch cast iron skillets)
Cook: 15 minutes

2 tbsp. almonds
3 tbsp. sesame seeds
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. sea salt
¼ cup ground flax seeds
2 cups water (separated)
1 cup brown rice flour
¼ cup sorghum flour
¼ cup teff flour
½ cup millet flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder

Place almonds and sesame seeds in a bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place two cast iron skillets (10-inch) into the oven to heat while oven is heating. Leave them there until your mixture is ready.

Rinse and drain the almonds and sesame seeds in a fine strainer. Put them in a blender along with olive oil, vinegar, honey, sea salt, flax, and 1 cup of the water. Blend until there are no traces of the almonds and mixture is smooth. Add the other 1 cup water, brown rice, sorghum, teff and millet flours. Blend until mixture is smooth, pausing if necessary to scrape down sides of blender. Add baking powder and mix again.

Remove the preheated skillets from the oven and oil them with olive or coconut oil. Pour the batter into the hot skillets and bake for about 15 minutes. (Flatbreads should be brown on the bottom and be sturdy enough to remove from skillets. )

Remove from skillets and cool on wire racks. Cut into squares or use whole flatbread as pizza crusts.

Blender flatbread

Notes:

  • These flatbreads freeze well and are good reheated in a toaster oven.
  • Honey can easily be substituted for the maple syrup.

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