I really love having healthy muffins on hand for snacks- I just keep them in the freezer and then heat them up whenever I need a little boost. I really find that so many muffins are more like dessert than healthy snack so I think it’s better to just make them at home. These ones are fantastic- very little sugar, healthy protein packed quinoa, flaxseeds, and great flavour. I topped these muffins with a bit of butter and honey or almond butter. The quinoa makes them have a unique chewy texture that I had to get used to- they never tasted bad, I just hadn’t had a muffin with that texture before. Vegan or not, these are very enjoyable and you can feel good about eating such a nutritious muffin!

Almond Quinoa Muffins (adapted from Veganomicon)

  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I used slightly less)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup currants or dried blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin. In a bowl, whisk together the almond milk and ground flaxseed and let sit for one minute. Whisk in oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts.

In a seperate bowl, sift together flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in the cooked quinoa and currants/blueberries and mix until the large lumps are gone. Pour into the muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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