Recently I have only used soaked grains in my muffin recipes (buckwheat-millet-blueberry muffins and buckwheat-millet-fig muffins with blackcurrants), and I must say the mania continues. This time, to have variety, I fitted quinoa seeds in the recipe.
Quinoa is more similar to buckwheat rather than common cereals like wheat, rye or oat because it is not a member of grass family, but belongs to the goosefoot genus and is grown for it’s edible seeds. Quinoa contains all essential amino acids (the ones our bodies cannot produce and we need get from food) and is good source of iron, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, folate, and copper.
I do not encourage you to eat excess amounts of quinoa though due to ethical reasons – because of the rising demand for quinoa the Andean population can’t afford it as staple food no longer and tend to consume imported low-budget junk food more and more.
To reduce the content of phytic acid that prevents mineral absorption, it is advisable to soak, drain and even sprout quinoa.
Quinoa has a bitter taste without soaking or thorough washing, so if you don’t care about the minerals, just do it for the sake of better taste.
Ingredients |9 muffins|
|½ cup (90g, 3.2oz) millet|
|½ cup (80g, 2.8oz) white quinoa seeds|
|4 figs, chopped|
|190ml (6.7oz) oat milk|
|1 tbsp. applesauce|
|1 heaped tbsp. (40g, 4oz) peanut butter|
|1 ripe banana|
|Pinch of sea salt|
|2 heaped tsps. baking powder|
|50g (1.8oz) dark chocolate|
Soak millet and quinoa overnight (or all day) in separate bowls. Wash and drain (you can use one sieve).
Soak chopped figs in 190ml of oat milk for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 175 C (350 F).
Put all ingredients except baking powder and chocolate in a blender and blend until smooth batter is formed and quinoa seeds are no longer visible (it may take a few minutes). Don’t worry; it’s supposed to be fairly liquid as millet swells quite significantly.
Now, blend in baking powder. Finally mix in (DON’T BLEND) chopped chocolate.
Nutritional info per muffin: 162 kcal, 23.4g carbohydrates, 5.62g fats, 4.43g protein, and 2.78g fibres.
Nele Liivlaid: founder of Nutriplanet.org She has been into healthy eating for many years, but developed a more profound interest in nutrition and related diseases when she started reading The China Study and other special books on nutrition. After being in real estate and hospitality business for more than 10 years she decided to totally change her path to spread the word about healthy and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle.