Monday, May 16, 2011

Lemon Blueberry (Quinoa ) Muffins

As I have mentioned before, I love quinoa.  I discovered another yummy (and healthier) recipe from my Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood cookbook.  I love blueberry muffins, and these are perfect to tote around for a snack (or breakfast) on a busy day.  Plus, they are delicious.  I know what you are thinking, but just try them once.  You won't regret it.  OK, if you do regret it, you know where to find me:)

1/2 cup white or golden quinoa
1 cup water
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
3/4 cup white (or cane) sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup frozen blueberries (do not thaw)

1. Add the water and quinoa to a small pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the covered saucepan rest on the burner for an additional 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 400F and line or grease a muffin pan.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in lemon zest and 1 1/4 cups of the cooked quinoa.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Next, add in the sour cream, egg, lemon juice and vanilla, stirring until fully blended.
5. Stir the frozen blueberries into the flour mixture, and then fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Fill up muffin cups and bake for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
6. Bring to work.  Make all of your co-workers try one.  Hmmm...maybe that was just my approach. 

If you do try these, I would love to hear how it goes.


MM said...

Delicious! Thank you for sharing!


Marissa said...

I've been wanting to try quinoa as a healthier alternative to rice. I had no idea you can use it in so many other recipes! PS- I gave you an award on my blog :) xoxo Marissa

Alicia said...

Yummy yummy yummy they look delicious! I want some of those haha :)

Erin said...

Weird! I've never heard of quinoa! Is it like flax seed?

krisandkel said...

I love the idea of this twist on blueberry muffins! And the added lemon flavor sounds wonderful! :)

<3 kris&kel

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Looks delish! Thanks.

From Suns To Moons said...

If my digestive system could handle that sour cream, I would make these for myself.

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Erin- quinoa is a grain. It is supposed to be one of the super-foods. You can use it like rice or couscous as a side dish, or put it in things like this.

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