I surf the web sometimes, cruising ingredients that interest me. Sometimes I find things that I didn’t even know would interest me. Things like quinoa muffins. I’m here to tell you that generally muffins do not interest me. Which isn’t to say I don’t like muffins. It just means that I don’t generally find muffins suitable to my blog. After all, what’s so newsworthy about a muffin? So the whole idea of quinoa muffins never once entered into my thought process.
But think about it. Quinoa is a grain (well actually a seed). A very tasty and (evidently) very versatile grain (seed). What’s not to like about quinoa? It has a delicate texture, nutty flavor and a high protein content.
Nutty flavors that are high in protein are a perfect way to start the day with your metabolism in full gear. But quinoa is not a grain I’ve ever associated with breakfast. Surely proper quinoa time starts at lunch. A quinoa salad is a perfectly sensible, perfectly healthful, perfectly tasty lunchtime option. As the day progresses options for quinoa just become more and more appropriate. Culminating in a whole plethora of quinoa possibilities by dinnertime.
But a quinoa muffin for breakfast? Certainly that’s just trying to fit a round quinoa into a square muffin hole, isn’t it?
Nope. Quinoa Muffins are delicious. Quinoa muffins are even blog worthy.
When it comes to quinoa muffins there are two ways to go. You can grind the whole grains into flour and substitute it 1:1 for wheat flour in pretty much any of your favorite muffin recipes. It’s a bit tedious but it makes a satisfying quinoa muffin that is gluten-free and a great source of protein. However, in my opinion you are sacrificing the very best trait of quinoa– its delicate texture. I love the texture of quinoa. It’s got a subtle bite and an addicting little pop when you crunch on it as a whole grain.
So my recipe features whole cooked quinoa. These muffins may not be gluten-free, but they’re moist and flavorful and they’ve got that little pop that starts the day off with a bang. GREG
The quinoa grains photograph appears courtesy of an editorial partnership I have with Shutterstock.