PROTEIN MUFFINS WITH QUINOA

PROTEIN MUFFINS WITH QUINOA

Protein Muffins with Quinoa are a healthy breakfast option sweetened with carrots, brown sugar, and honey. These are packed with protein and will keep you full of energy and satiated till your next meal. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with these quinoa muffins!

Nut-free, soy free.

Protein-rich ingredients like quinoa, Greek yogurt, egg, and optionally hemp seeds & flaxseeds make this a healthy breakfast option you can eat everyday.

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SWEET QUINOA MUFFINS

With just a touch of sweetness from brown sugar and honey, protein muffins make a great snack and will not disappoint your taste buds! Both kids and adults will enjoy this delicious easy to grab meal for on the go.
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HIGH PROTEIN MUFFINS

Quinoa supplies most of the protein in this easy breakfast treat. One cup of cooked quinoa delivers about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.

In addition, Greek yogurt and optionally flaxseeds and hemp seeds also add even more protein in this protein muffin recipe! You won’t even notice any of these as you take bite after bite of this tasty muffin.
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HEALTHY MUFFINS FOR BREAKFAST

Vegetables for breakfast? Yes! The shredded carrots throughout this muffin create a nice uniform texture and a subtle sweetness.

A healthy grab and go protein breakfast can be super handy to have within arm’s reach. You’ll never know when time will be short and you need a quick something to make that stomach rumbling go away. Having a batch of these muffins ready on the counter or in the freezer will make it easy!

CAN YOU FREEZE THE PROTEIN MUFFINS?

Yes, these protein muffins freeze well! Just put them in a Ziploc bag and store in the freezer. When you’re ready, just take one out and let it defrost to room temperature or place in the microwave for a few seconds.

protein muffins

protein muffins

HOW TO MAKE PROTEIN MUFFINS

If your carrots are not shredded yet, shred them.

If quinoa is not precooked, cook the quinoa by combining 1/3 cup dried quinoa with 2/3 cup water in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. When the water has dissipated, remove from heat, but keep covered for 10 minutes.

Be ready to mix-up shredded carrots and cooled-down cooked quinoa into the batter.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cooked quinoa, carrots, optional flaxseeds, and optional hemp seeds. Mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, combine egg, melted honey, vanilla extract, oil, yogurt, baking soda, and water. Mix thoroughly.

Pour wet egg mixture into flour bowl and mix gently.

Divide batter into 12 lined muffin cups. Top with dried cranberries, if desired.

protein muffins

protein muffins

protein muffins

WHY ADD FLAXSEEDS AND HEMP SEEDS?

Flaxseeds provide a decent amount of protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids. They are loaded with nutrients and are a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Hemp seeds are extremely nutritious and full of healthy fats, protein,  and minerals.  25% of calories in hemp seeds come from plant-based protein. Hemp is a complete protein source.

Nut-free Flour

1. If wheat agrees with you, I recommend King Arthur all-purpose flour packaged in a paper bag, as they are milled in dedicated wheat-only facilities. If you are allergic, double check on King Arthur’s website as manufacturing practices may change.
king arthur flour

2. For a gluten-free option, use a gluten-free blend such as Namaste Perfect Flour Blend.

Products from Namaste Foods are allergen friendly and free of wheat, gluten, egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. All their products are Top-8 allergen free and can be found in grocery stores and online. They have their own dedicated facility and offer regular as well as organic varieties.

I love that Namaste Foods is a women-owned and family-operated.

Protein Muffins with Quinoa

Protein packed muffins perfect for keeping you satiated.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Keyword nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Author AllergicPrincess.com

Ingredients

  • Cup all purpose flour
  • Cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cup quinoa, cooked and cooled (about 1/3 cup uncooked)
  • ¾ Cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons whole flaxseeds (optional)
  • ¼ Cup hemp hearts or hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ Cup oil (avocado oil, melted coconut oil, or any safe oil)
  • ¾ Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Cup water
  • ¼ Cup dried cranberries (optional)

Instructions

  1. If quinoa is not precooked, cook the quinoa by combining 1/3 cup dried quinoa with 2/3 cup water in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. When the water has dissipated, remove from heat, but keep covered for 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350F.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cooked quinoa, carrots, optional flaxseeds, and optional hemp seeds. Mix thoroughly.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine egg, melted honey, vanilla extract, oil, yogurt, baking soda, and water. Mix thoroughly.

  5. Pour wet egg mixture into flour bowl and mix gently.

  6. Divide batter into 12 lined muffin cups. Top with dried cranberries, if desired.

  7. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

  1. Makes 12 muffins.
  2. You can opt to leave out any of the flaxseeds, hemp seeds, or dried cranberries.
  3. For a gluten free option, replace the flour with a gluten free all purpose flour.
  4. Feel free to substitute maple syrup for honey.
  5. For a crunchy topping, sprinkle raw sugar on batter before baking.
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PROTEIN MUFFIN VARIATIONS

  • No seeds: Leave out the seeds, if you’re unable to eat them.
  • Cheesy: Add grated parmesan cheese.
  • More veggies: Add chopped spinach.
  • For the chocolate lover: Add chocolate chips or cacao nibs.

Ready to try out this recipe? Let me know how it works out for you in the comments.

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