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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Choco-Carob Oatmeal Mix

Chocolate Oatmeal Mix

Choco-Carob Oatmeal Mix

3 cups GF rolled oats

1/3 cup ground flaxseed

5 tbsp. natural cacao powder

5 tbsp. carob powder

1/8 tsp. sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and store in a covered container. Shake well before using.

To make 1 serving of oatmeal, add ½ cup oatmeal mix to 1 cup water. Cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat. Add desired sweetener, fruit, coconut flakes or chopped nuts.

If you like thicker oatmeal, add 1 to 2 tsp. chia seed after it is cooked and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

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Quinoa Brownie Truffles

I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately. It seems as if it goes in everything. There are quinoa cookbooks and blogs with everything from salads to granola, cookies to ice cream.

Quinoa Brownie Truffles

Quinoa Brownie Truffles

1/3 cup dried dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

½ cup cooked quinoa

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. almond butter

2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp. coconut nectar

1/8 tsp. sea salt

¼ cup natural cacao powder

4 to 6 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup almond meal (I grind it in my Magic bullet)

Add all the ingredients to a food processor bowl. Mix until everything is well mixed and holds together well. Roll into balls. Leave plain or coat with coconut sugar, fine coconut, melted chocolate or ground nuts. Chill for 1 to 2 hours. Store in freezer.

Notes:

  • You shouldn’t leave the truffles outside the freezer for long periods of time. They soften, and I think that they taste best when still firm.
  • Honey may be substituted for coconut nectar.
  • Coconut nectar is full of nutrients and is very low on the glycemic index.  It is an excellent substitute for maple syrup or honey. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online.
  • Natural or raw cacao powder is high in antioxidants including magnesium. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online. If you wish, you may use regular baking cocoa from your regular grocery store.

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