Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Muffins

A few weeks ago I decided to take a quick trip to Chapters to use up a giftcard I had on some new baking books.  

Unfortunately, the trip turned into one of the moments where you become aware that how incredibly and grotesquely awkward and feeble you feel on the inside shows on the outside.

I had a rough idea of what I wanted but Chapters has a rather extensive collection of cookbooks.  Who knew? By the time I had chosen my favourites, holding each new favourite until it was replaced, my arms were exhausted and shaky from all the heavy lifting.  (If I ever write a cookbook, that shit's going to be paperback. Seriously.)

I ran into a two friends of mine when I was nearing the front of the store. As I was shakily extending my arms to prop open the books to showcase some of the recipes, my dear friends kept asking if they could, you know, maybe hold my books for me and I could just point to the recipes.  And then one of the employees kept coming up asking if I needed a complimentary bag while I waited, or if she could take the books to the counter for me since they were clearly very heavy.  At first she seemed cordial but after about the fifth attempt, her lips said, "It's my job!" but her eyes said, "Your pathetic arms are about to snap from holding a book."  I gave in, and she quickly whisked the books away from me and I resolved to make an attempt at a push up that night. 

(I didn't).
Anyway, these muffins come from one of the books-- Quinoa 365.  I've been wanting to eat more quinoa. In fact, I've had a box of it sitting in my cupboard for well over 7 months.  But I'm finicky about food, and spook easily when it comes to new textures.  I figured muffins would be a safe bet. You can't distinguish the quinoa at all, and the muffins have a lovely sweetness.  The boy likes them, too, so if one part-time foodphobe and a 4-year-old will eat them, you know they're good.

I've made a few other recipes from this book, so if you get the chance please pick up a copy.  I saw some kicking around at Costco for cheap.


  1. I've seen folks make baked goodies with quinoa and I bet the texture is fab. And if a 4 year old cutie eats them, they must be good. Can't wait to see more stuff from your cookbooks, aren't they fun and inspirational!~

  2. I've never heard of a baked good with quinoa before - I'm completely intrigued. It's so interesting! These muffins look great and I'd love to try one of them. I am sure it is delicious. What other cookbooks did you get?

  3. Cool. I've run across various muffin recipes using quinoa but none of them seem to agree on how to use it. Grind it into flour? Use it raw? Cook it first? Soak it first? With all these choices and not much guidance I've gotten nowhere.
    These muffins sound fantastic, though, so I'm feeling motivated to give quinoa baking a try!

  4. I have just started to bake with quinoa, and I'm loving the results thus far. The grain is such a wonderful addition to my diet, and I want to find ways to sneak it into more of my food. Thank you for sharing with me, week after week. Sending love and good thoughts your way!

  5. Despite my love for quinoa, I still have yet to bake with it. This may be my first recipe to use it!

  6. These look amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

    I've been wanting to use more quinoa in my cooking/baking... can't wait to check out this book! :)

  7. Thats too funny about the store clerk and doing push-ups later :-) I have been wanting to try Quinoa for a while, this recipe looks delicious and will make a great start!

  8. Great Post and congrats on being named Foodbuzz's Top 9!!! That is a pretty cool honor!!! I love Quinoa!!

  9. If you hadn't told me those were quinoa, I'd never have been able to delicious...and I have a freezer full of berries too! Theresa



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