I know, I know, they’re just so fun to photograph. Besides… I also made this.
But this needs improvement, so you don’t get a recipe. Yet. Let me make it awesome first, then I’ll share.
And I also did this. Yeah yeah, there’s a wee bit of Scottish in me (have you checked out my last name lately?!) and I like to be repppin’ at the Pleasanton Highland Games. Don’t be judgy.
Anyyyway. These muffins. I made quinoa muffins once before back in Salem for Kira and I, and MAN were they delicious. So I figured, why not again? Except this time, I had a plethora of dead bananas getting deader by the minute in the fridge, and they really needed to go to a nice home in muffins. And cake. Which is why the above happened (imperfectly… it was kind of an experiment). And really, I stopped to listen to my internal thought process when I was baking… and it’s ridiculous. Really ridiculous. Apparently I am a tad ADD when baking: “ooooh dead bananas, they should go in something but what? Tired of muffins. No bread it takes too long I want instant gratification OH! CAKE! A half recipe would bake faster Hmmm okay so it has eggs but I don’t want to use eggs today what about flax? nahhh OOOH vinegar goes with bananas and brings out their flavor, what about vinegar and baking soda? ooh but wait I want quinoa… okay so quinoa muffins and banana cake and kale pesto… that’s a weird combo but whatever” etc etc etc and on and on and on. Be thankful you aren’t inside my head.
Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa Muffins
Makes 11 muffins. Very slightly adapted from Pardon the Dog Hair, here! The quinoa gives these muffins a slightly crunchy texture (in an extremely good way), and are full of all kinds of delicious things. Whole grains, protein, lower in sugar, and perfect for breakfast. Or snack. Or appeasing your gremlins at any time.
- 1 c quick oats (uncooked) (Mine was more like 3/4 c quick oats, 1/4 c rolled)
- 3/4 c whole wheat flour
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 c milk bev (mine was 1% milk)
- 1/3 c lowfat plain yogurt
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 tbsp-runneth-over (aka heaping) peanut buttahhh
- 1 egg
- 1 c cooked quinoa (about 1/3 c dry)
- 1 buhhnahhnuhhh, mashed
- a sprinkling of chocolate chippies
Preheat the oven to 375, and lightly grease muffin tins.
You know the drill, muffins are easyyyy: In a bowl, whisk together oats, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, and cinnamon. In a larger bowl, whisk applesauce, vanilla, honey, milk bev, yogurt, and brown sugar until sugar dissolves. Add in egg, quinoa, and banana and whisk until incorporated. Add dry into wet, sprinkle in chippies, and (avoiding overmixing) stir to combine. Fill tins about 2/3 full depending on muffin size preference… and bake for 15-16 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.