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Carrot Coconut Quinoa Muffins

by Allie on May 20, 2010 · 30 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!)

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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

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*

2. Cook quinoa (about 12 min.)

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3. Combine dry ingredients, excluding quinoa

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4. Whisk together wet ingredients

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

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6. Fold in cooked quinoa.

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7. Pour into baking cups

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8. Bake at 350* for 35-40 minutes

9. Enjoy!

Notes:

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

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

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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!

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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.

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

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

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5 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ May 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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

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

Yum, those muffins look amazing!

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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…

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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!! :)

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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!

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10 runnerforever May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

What healthy muffins, look tasty too!

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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!

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

Those look GREAT!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

Wei-Wei

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17 Lauren May 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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

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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 :)

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19 Cassie May 21, 2010 at 1:05 am

Yum these look tasty!

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20 Krista May 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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

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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 :)

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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!

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23 Sarah September 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

do you have nutritional information for these muffins?

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24 Allie September 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

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

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25 Mayim February 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

What quantity of coconut oil is 2T?

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26 Allie February 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

2 Tablespoons

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