When you’re gluten-free like me, you get used to baking with a variety of gluten-free flours – including quinoa flour. If you would have asked me years ago if I’d ever imagine myself baking with quinoa flour, I would have thought you were nuts! Now I bake with a slew of gluten-free flours, including almond flour, brown rice flour, oat flour and of course, quinoa flour. Today I’m sharing a recipe I came up with for gluten-free banana quinoa muffins.
Quinoa is truly a superfood. It’s the only plant-based food that is a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids. Technically quinoa is a fruit, not a grain, so some people following grain-free diets can enjoy quinoa flour (depending on their diet regimen, of course).
I enjoy the taste of quinoa flour*, but I’m not benign to the fact that it has a strong earthy flavor. It does take some getting used to, but with the right mix of ingredients, and an awesome quinoa flour recipe like I’ve come up with below, you won’t feel like you’re eating anything but a delicious muffin.
This gluten-free banana quinoa muffin recipe is super simple to follow too. You combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another bowl. Then you mix it all together, fold in chocolate chips, and top with a banana slice for decoration (and added sweetness).
My husband and kids enjoy these muffins a lot – and I didn’t even bat an eye when my son asked if he could have a muffin for breakfast this morning. I felt good knowing he was getting a protein-, fiber- and iron-rich breakfast – not too mention some nutrients from the sweet banana too.
I hope you enjoy making this recipe – and more so – I hope you enjoy eating it!
P.S. Not all grocery stores carry quinoa flour. Some natural grocery stores will carry it, and you can also find it on Amazon for a great price*.
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