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Carrot Coconut Quinoa Muffins

by Allie on May 20, 2010 · 31 comments

in Breakfast,Dessert,Oven Lovin' (Baking),Recipes,Snacks

I really wanted to title this post: Karat Koconut Keenwah Muffins :)

I had two ancient carrots in the fridge and a bag of quinoa in the pantry (leftover from when I made the Quinoa Loaf with Mushrooms and Peas). So what did I do? Make some muffs! Reader Sarah R. was the first to guess correctly!

I’ve been thinking…scheming…dreaming…about baking with quinoa for weeks now. Quinoa is a nutrient-packed grain, making these muffins ever so wholesome and filling.

(The quinoa grains make it sort of cornbread-ish…Mmm Mmm!)


Carrot Coconut Quinoa Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (ground oats)
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa**

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt (or any other yogurt)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4-1/2 cup agave nectar (or more-see notes)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350*

2. Cook quinoa (about 12 min.)


3. Combine dry ingredients, excluding quinoa


4. Whisk together wet ingredients


5. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.


6. Fold in cooked quinoa.


7. Pour into baking cups


8. Bake at 350* for 35-40 minutes

9. Enjoy!


  • Add more sugar/agave nectar if you prefer sweeter muffins.
  • Use 2 cups of any type of flour.
  • The muffins are very moist, so be sure the toothpick is clean before taking them out of the oven.



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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jamie @ jamelafamela May 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Pictures look great…I’m definitely making these muffins soon!!!


2 Sarah R May 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Yeah!! These muffins look so, so good! I’m going to have to pick up some more quinoa and try them out!


3 Erin May 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Mmmmm! I’m definitely going to make these–I had some awesome carrot-bran-walnut muffins in New Zealand and have been craving them ever since.


4 Dawn (HealthySDLiving) May 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Great recipe! Miiiight even be something I’d be able to handle! :)


5 Stacey@ May 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Those look really good. I have been looking for a carrot muffin recipe, thanks.


6 Simply Life May 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Yum, those muffins look amazing!


7 BroccoliHut May 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Yum! These sound delish! I’ve had quinoa in my cupboards forever, but I never seem to know what to make with it. Now I know…


8 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Those muffins sound so good!! You’re super at coming up with recipes, I really admire it!
Am I right in thinking you’re going to the HLS (I think I saw your comment somewhere else)? If so, me too!! :)


9 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm

These look so delicious and moist! I love carrot muffins. Thanks for sharing!


10 runnerforever May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

What healthy muffins, look tasty too!


11 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Oh my goodness, those sound grATE! I have a little bit of uncooked quinoa that I need to use, and I just said this a.m. how I need to make muffins stat – perfect. I’m missing a few ingredients, so I may have to make a couple adjustments.

I can already a tell a big difference with your new, ‘no name’ camera – yay!


12 Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Those look GREAT!


13 *Andrea* May 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

i love moist muffins! these look tasty!!
ok have u seen SNL with betty white last week? the muffin skit cracked me up/grossed me out lol


14 Lauren May 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

These looks SO good! I love when muffins turn out moist and not that “healthy dry” type muffin. You are a baking QUEEN!


15 Julie @savvyeats May 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Quinoa is seriously one of my favorite foods–so I can’t wait to make these!


16 Wei-Wei L May 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

HAhahahaa at the title consideration! You totally should have done that. It’s just so… ALLIE-ish! I’ve never had keen-wah (teehee) but I HAVE had karat kayk and koconut, so I’m guessing I’d like these? Maybe I’ll make them if I find keen-wah anywhere.

Sigh. We love you, and your awesome recipes. XD



17 Lauren May 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

They look like carrot cake but so much healthier! :)


18 Mary @ It's Bliss May 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

You’re so creative! Quinoa makes a great base- my mom uses it in “oatmeal” raisin cookies and they rock! Looks like it makes some pretty yummy muffins as well :)


19 Cassie May 21, 2010 at 1:05 am

Yum these look tasty!


20 Krista May 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Allie, these muffins sounds fabulous! You’ve out done yourself…YUM!


21 Tammy May 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I made these today and they turned out really yummy… they were ok warm but after they cooled they were great! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)


22 Christina (Dinner at Christina's) May 30, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Oh yummy! I’ve never baked with quinoa except in a lasagna type dish. That’s cool how it kind of disappears in the muffins. They’re probably sooo protein packed! I love that you always do takes on carrot baking. I looove carrot cake, so it always sounds right to me! :)

Thanks for sharing with Friday Firsts this week! Sorry I’m late in getting around to see it, I had a doozy of a week!


23 Sarah September 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

do you have nutritional information for these muffins?


24 Allie September 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

No, sorry I don’t! You can enter it into an online calculator though.


25 Mayim February 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

What quantity of coconut oil is 2T?


26 Allie February 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

2 Tablespoons


27 Katrina April 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

These muffins have become a staple in our house. I make them every week. We LOVE them! Thank you for posting this recipe!


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