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Raspberry Quinoa Muffins

Jul 01, 2013
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This is my first foray into cooking with quinoa flour. Quinoa is 100% gluten free and it seems that quinoa flour can be directly substituted for wheat flour in baking recipes. Not only is this useful for people unable to have gluten in their diets, but, as quinoa is such a healthy and delicious grain, more or less untouched since ancient times, I am sure it will be used by many, especially now that it is grown here in Tasmania.  We enjoyed them warm, with some creme fraiche I made but yoghurt would also be wonderful.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarb. soda (baking soda)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup light oil (I used coconut)
  • 2/3 cup frozen raspberries

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
  2. Sift flour, bicarb. soda, salt and stir in the sugar.
  3. Beat the eggs and mix with the milk, oil and vanilla.
  4. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry, only until combined.
  5. Fold in the raspberries.
  6. Place spoons of mixture into a muffin tin lined with paper patty pans.
  7. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 160C (320F) and bake another 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest about 10 minutes.
I have lots of quinoa, but no quinoa flour. Can I just grind the quinoa as I grind wheat flour, or does it need to be washed and then dried before grinding? Any ideas? The muffins look yummy. : )
Yes, you can grind whole quinoa to make quinoa flour. It should be washed and thoroughly dried before grinding always, to make sure any residue of saponins is removed. Visit my website, www.cookwithquinoa.com, and sign up to receive more great quinoa recipes. Nicki
It is impossible, it seems to me, to dry quinoa before it sprouts, unless you live in a VERY dry climate or put it into a dehydrator. In fact, it only takes 2 hours to sprout, with even just a slight dampness left on.This is why I also use it in my sourdough bread, as a sprouted grain.

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