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Gluten Free Quinoa & Greek Yogurt Double Chocolate Muffins

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A gluten-free, unrefined quinoa and greek yogurt double chocolate muffin. It’s fiberlicious goodness is complete with flax seeds+wheat bran+eggs from grandpa’s chickens+ground oats+quinoa+too much time on my hands. *To be sure these are gluten free, make sure your products say gluten free to be sure!

Confession: husband is out of town and I’m on spring break=baking & recipe creations. As an undergraduate student, my spring break would have involved beaches, bikinis, and vino. As a graduate student, my my my have my priorities changed! Pajamas, Netflix, and baking have become the glorious spring break ritual. And vino. That’s still part of spring break.

Back to baking! I wanted a sweet high protein snack that was not filled with crap (you know-HFCS, ingredients I cannot pronounce). So these muffins were born! I took about 3 different muffin recipes I love (mainly this one by DashingDish) and changed them up. Don’t be intimidated by the ingredients list-it goes by fast.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Old Fashions Oats, ground
1/2 cup Quinoa, ground
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3  cup Wheat Bran
4 TB ground flax seeds*
2 eggs or 4 egg whites
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond milk (plain or vanilla-just cut back on vanilla extract)
1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla-just cut back on vanilla extract)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1/4 cup agave-take it or leave it. I left it out and the muffins were plenty sweet for me.
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
 
Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grind oats and quinoa together in a food processor.photo 5
Mix dry ingredients. Fold in wet ingredients. Pour into oiled muffin tin or muffin tin lined with baking cups. Bake 13-14 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*I buy whole golden flax seeds, grind them in a coffee grinder and store in a jar in the fridge to make sure the oils in the flax seeds are fresh. Also, you can only get the health benefits of flax seeds when they’re ground, not whole, so grind them.
 
No Quinoa? No Problem. Alternate Version
Ingredients
2 cups Old Fashions Oats, ground
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3  cup Wheat Bran
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond milk (plain or vanilla-just cut back on vanilla extract)
1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla-just cut back on vanilla extract)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1/4 cup agave-take it or leave it. I left it out and the muffins were plenty sweet for me.
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
 
Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. Fold in wet ingredients. 

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Pour into oiled muffin tin or muffin tin lined with baking cups. Bake 13-14 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Enjoy.
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