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Quinoa Muffins


Instead of oat or bran muffins, try these moist breakfast treats to fuel your morning. Substitute other chopped dried fruit for the raisins, if you like.

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  • Yield: Makes 12

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2008


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cover, and cook until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, 11 to 13 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, brush a standard 12-cup muffin pan with oil; dust with flour, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, raisins, and 2 cups cooked quinoa; reserve any leftover quinoa for another use.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, milk, egg, and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until combined; divide batter among prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool muffins in pan, 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Be careful not to overcook the quinoa or to use more than the required amount of water. The grains of quinoa should be tender but separate, rather than mushy and clumped together.

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  • tsmiller50
    15 JAN, 2017
    I like this recipe, even my husband who won't eat quinoa in any other form. I make this often, changing up the fruit, the flavoring and adding nuts.
  • patriciammiller
    19 OCT, 2015
    Wow, these were bad. I'm trying to eat healthier, so I've been making a lot of things with quinoa recently. This is the first time I've made something with it that I absolutely didn't like. My biggest complaint is that the raw quinoa flavor comes through loud and clear in the muffins. I was thinking/hoping that the other flavors would mask it. Also, they're very gluey and tough. They didn't really rise at all while baking. It's kind of like trying to eat a bad tasting hockey puck.
  • Cindylb
    11 OCT, 2013
    Per Serving 237 Calories; 7g Fat (24.4% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 40g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 20mg Cholesterol; 260mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
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    8 JUL, 2013
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    25 APR, 2013
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  • rosehip1964
    12 FEB, 2013
    I loved this muffin so much but I made a few changes and it came out perfectly . I modified the oil (2tbsp oil plus 2 tbsp appplesauce ) .Flour (I used 1 1/2c brown rice flour ,1/4 c almond flour and 1/4 c cocnut flour ).Sugar (substituted 6 tbsp brown sugar splenda) ,Milk (almond milk ).Thats it and I also added 1/4 cup water because of the substitution with flours it was a little more dense .However ,after I added a little water it was a nice thick batter that baked beautifully .So yummy :)
  • Mouseofvirtue
    23 OCT, 2012
    These muffins were great, I did as another member did and substituted all purpose gluten free flour for the white flour and apple sauce for the oil. I was worried because my batter was much more liquid-y then the one on the show (I had to ladle it out) but it worked great. I really liked these muffins! The only thing is that they were a bit too sweet for my tastes, to make them even better for you, cut down the amount of brown sugar called for or substitute some honey. Lovely!