Shari Duncan

Cran-Almond QUINOA Muffins. These you gotta try.
Shari

by on Jun.27, 2010, under General Nutrition, Healthy Snacks, Recipes, Whey Protein Recipes

These smell amazing while baking and have a sweet, nutty flavor.   Wholesome nutrition that taste too good to be good for you!

Curiosity finally got the better of me.  I keep hearing about how  Quinoa… (pronounced Keen-wa) is so good for you.  But I had no idea what I would do with it once I got it home… So,  I bought a box of “flakes” at the local health food store yesterday and this is what I came up with.  I replaced quinoa flakes for the oats that I normally use in my baked goods. The flax seed and almond milk and almond extract give these a  nutty flavor and the craisins and applesauce add just the right amount of sweetness.   I was pleasantly surprised!  These are great!

Mix together all dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

  • 1c Quinoa Flakes

    Almond milk, extract and craisins give these muffins a sweet nutty flavor

    Almond milk, extract and craisins give these muffins a sweet nutty flavor

  • 1 1/2c Low Carb Flour
  • 2TBS Flax Seed
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 ½ TBS Splenda Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ TBS Cinnamon
  • 1 TBS Baking Powder

In separate bowl, mix together:

  • 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg
  • 3 TBS Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 3/4c Almond Milk
  • 1 TBS Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract

Add wet to dry ingredients. Mix well.  Stir in 1/3 cup of Craisins.

Bake at 350 degrees in lightly greased muffin pan for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool.  ENJOY!

Makes 12 muffins.

Quinoa flakes contain all of the nutrition of the whole Quinoa grain or seed, but cook much more quickly and are therefore easily adaptable to recipes. Quinoa is technically a “seed” and not a grain that is native to the Andes Mountain region.  It’s low in fat and sugar, no sodium or cholesterol, is iron rich and a good source of slow-burning complex carbohydrates.

What makes quinoa unique nutritionally is that it’s one of a hand-full of plant-sources that has a complete protein profile. This means that a serving of quinoa contains all 8 of the essential amino acids that your body needs. Most grains only contain some of the essential amino acids — requiring you to “mix” your proteins (for example beans with rice) to create a full protein. This is especially good news to vegetarians.  They are also gluten free.

A serving of quinoa flakes adds significant nutrition to your breakfast.  They are a terrific alternative to oats.  Substitute for flour in breads, muffins, pancakes and cookies for heartier and healthier baked recipes.

Organic Quinoa Flakes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup (42 g)

Nutrient Amount %DV

Calories 159      Calories from Fat 0      Total Fat 2.5 g 3.8%      Saturated Fat 0.3 g 1.3%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g      Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g      Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Sodium 9 mg 0.4%      Total Carbohydrate 29.5 g 9.8%      Dietary Fiber 3 g 12.3%

Sugars 1 g      Protein 5.7 g 11.4%      Vitamin A 0%      Vitamin E 6.8%      Vitamin C 0%

Calcium 2.6%      Iron 21.9%      Magnesium 22.4%      Phosphorus 17.5%

Potassium 9%      Zinc 9%

  • Quinoa flakes are best stored in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. They have a shelf-life of 2 years from processing date
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