Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Strawberry Quinoa Muffins

Did you know that quinao is a complete protein which includes all 9 essential amino acids? It's well-endowed with the amino acid lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair. There are different varieties of quinoa as in the whole seed, quinoa flour and quinoa pasta. You can use quinoa in so many different ways too!  Alright....on to the recipe.

Strawberry Quinoa Muffins
Makes 1 dozen

Dry ingredients
2 c. cooked quinoa
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 c. turbinado sugar (can use brown sugar)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. extra fine sea salt
1 tsp. lemon zest

Wet ingredients
1/3 c. soy milk (or any other non-diary milk)
1/4 c. apple sauce
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 c. fresh strawberries, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with non stick cupcake papers or mist with a non-stick spray.

-In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar baking powder, salt and lemon zest. 
-Add the quinoa to the dry ingredients and combine.
-In a seperate bowl, whisk the soy milk, vanilla, and applesauce.
-Add the wet ingredients to the quinoa mixture.
-Fold in strawberries.
-Divide the batter into each muffin cup.
-Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

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