Quinoa Powerhouse Muffins

So this muffin contains the majority of my favorite things (minus ice cream and queso). Quinoa, peanut butter, honey, greek yogurt, oatmeal, banana? Yup. Gang’s all there!

Ok, the list could probably keep going, but basically I took everything that I would put into a protein packed breakfast, added a few other ingredients, and came up with a muffin that is absolutely perfect for athletes. At least in my opinion it is.

Anyone else catch the How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days reference? Wes would be so upset. He loathes Kate Hudson.

This was actually my first time putting quinoa into baked goods. I would say it was a successful first attempt; they cooked up like a champ! You really can’t see the quinoa in the muffins, but I promise it is there.  It adds a deep, nutty flavor to the muffins.

Check out those little specs of cinnamon… another one of my all-time favorite breakfast ingredients.  You could really add a variety of spices to these muffins. Next time I think I am going to try and make a pumpkin spice quinoa muffin. Doesn’t that sound yummy?

By the way, who else is excited that fall is almost here? I’ve started loading up on pumpkin puree in preparation.

I probably shouldn’t lather butter on them, but I couldn’t resist. They were hot and it melts so well.

And I have a bit of a thing for butter. Growing up, my mom always preferred margarine on top of her baked goods while my dad preferred butter. We always had to have two butter dishes out.  I used to be team margarine, but then I saw the light. Team butter all the way.

Yes, I’m having a discussion about butter. I can’t be stopped.

Wait, yes I can. Here is the recipe. And a plea for votes. If you have a second, please vote for my Roasted Sweet Mangotato Salad on facebook to help send me to the World Food Championships!

Quinoa Powerhouse Muffins
A simple breakfast muffin that is full of protein!
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ⅓ cup non-fat greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp peanut butter, slightly melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quick oats
  • ¾ cup flour (whole wheat or regular)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • Blueberries (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together applesauce, vanilla, honey, milk, greek yogurt, and sugar. Once sugar has dissolved, add peanut butter, egg, quinoa, and banana. Stir together.
  3. In a separate bowl combine salt, oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir together. Pour flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Add in chocolate chips and blueberries.
  5. Bake for 16 minutes
Nutrition stats per My Fitness Pal: 118 calories, 19g carbs, 2g fat, 6g protein

9 Replies to “Quinoa Powerhouse Muffins”

  1. I LOVE these, I’m always looking for new muffin recipes and new ways to use quinoa – you’ve killed two birds with one stone with these :)I’ve recently seen the butter light too…no more margarine for me.

    1. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Glad you like them. You will have to let me know if you give them a try. We are loving them for breakfast!

    1. I actually think you will be fine just leaving it out. There isn’t that much in the recipe and I just put it in for a little extra something. But, you don’t really notice it if you do decide to leave it in. Thanks for reading and let me know how they turn out!

  2. I made it excatly like this. Turned out perfect.

    1 tbsp applesauce
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 tbsp honey or maple syrip
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/2 cup peanut butter, slightly melted
    1 egg
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    2 banana, mashed
    1/4 tsp of salt
    1 cup uncooked quick oats
    3/4 cup flour (whole wheat or regular)
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp cinnamon
    Cook at 375F for 16 ~ 18mins.
    Makes 12 muffins

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