What these muffins have: Good fats, protein, Omega-3s, deliciousness.
What these muffins don't have: Gluten, dairy, refined sugar, wheat, eggs, soy.
Bonus feature: The muffins only require one bowl!
The new school year already started for lots of the country, but here in CT, M's preschool starts again on Monday. I've been thinking about quick ways to begin our day with protein that don't require cooking in the morning. These muffins are the answer!
Half of the flour is ground quinoa, which has lots of protein. The other half is oatmeal. I originally made these muffins with almond flour instead of oats for even more protein, but the almond flour was so dense that the muffins stuck to the roof of your mouth. You could just feed your kid a spoonful of almond butter and save yourself the trouble.
With the oatmeal, the muffins are still substantial, but they're no longer dense. They're actually a smidge crumbly because I omitted eggs and any other binding agent. I wanted them to stay vegan and I don't always have the patience to make a flax egg. Letting them cool completely before eating them made them sturdier too.
For the first day of school, I thought it might be nice to add some blueberry chia jam and a quick icing to make the muffins more special. (I also called them breakfast cupcakes, which went over VERY WELL.) The jam is simple and free of any added sugar. I used cream cheese and maple syrup for my frosting, but you could also use coconut cream or a pre-made dairy-free topping.
You could also mix the chia jam with some yogurt for a delicious breakfast for the younger set (or the parental set, if I'm honest).
If you're avoiding nuts, substitute coconut or rice milk for the almond milk and use sunflower seed butter in place of the almond butter. Still delicious!
Important note: These muffins are best when fresh, so I recommend freezing 3/4 of the batch and then either defrosting a serving at night for breakfast the next morning, or toasting a frozen one right before eating it.
Almond butter quinoa muffins
2 large mashed banana
1 cup creamy natural almond butter, well mixed (or nut butter or seed butter of your choice)
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or rice, coconut, or other non-dairy milk of choice)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup quick oats
½ tsp salt
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pie spice (or cinnamon)
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add the almond butter, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract and mix well.
Add the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Mix well. Add the apple cider vinegar and mix again. Let the mixture sit while you prep the muffin tin and prepare the jam and icing (if using).
When ready, spoon the mixture into your muffin tin until each opening is half full.
Bake for 12-14 mins or until the tops turn golden brown and the muffins are firm to the touch.
Let cool completely in the muffin tin before serving.
Yield: 18 muffins
For the Blueberry chia jam:
1 pint blueberries
1 ½ Tbsp chia seeds
Put the blueberries into a small sauce pan and cook over a medium low flame until the berries have broken down and become syrupy, about 15 minutes.
Let cool for 5 minutes and add the chia seeds. Mix well.
Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes or until ready to use.
Yield: 1 Tbsp per muffin
For the frosting (optional):
2 ¼ cups whipped cream cheese
6 Tbsp maple syrup
Mix the cream cheese and maple syrup well with a spatula. The mixture will look curdled at first. Continue mixing until the two ingredients have come together. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Yield: 2 Tbsp per muffin