meatless monday: quinoa banana nut muffins


These gorgeous little muffins, via The Well Daily, make use of fun alternative flours (quinoa! whole wheat!) for an added punch of protein and texture. And a kiss of dark chocolate and crystallized ginger add some interest too. These look great for breakfast or dessert.

Quinoa Banana-Nut Muffins (The Kitchen of Taided Betancourt)
Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 stick salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup sugar
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Place 12 baking cups in a muffin baking tray.

Measure 1 cup of the walnuts onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes or until fragrant and golden. When done, let cool for a few minutes, then chop until very fine and set aside. Crumble the rest of the walnuts with your hands and set aside.

Sift the dry ingredients into a medium bowl.

Place the butter and sugars in the bowl of a standing mixer and mix on high speed with the paddle attachment until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add bananas, and mix for about another 30 seconds. Add the eggs, one at a time, add the yogurt and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients and the toasted chopped walnuts to the bowl and mix on low speed until just combined.

Remove the bowl from the mixer, scrape down the sides and fold in the ginger and chocolate chips until uniformly combined. Using two spoons, drop the batter into the prepared muffin tray. Sprinkle the un-toasted, crunched nuts on top of each muffin and bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out dry. Cool the muffins on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

(P.S. sending big love and a happy birthday to my amazing dad! Here he is, a few years younger but no worse for the wear, walking me down the aisle. Love you pops.)

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