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Vegan Muffin Recipes: GF Quinoa Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These muffins are not only really amazing to eat, they’re good for you too! Take a few seconds to learn why these muffins flavored with a superfood are truly outstanding. Quinoa is considered a superfood for some very important reasons. First and foremost, it is a protein rich food. Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It also contains 2x the fibers of many other grains. Fiber is understood to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Quinoa also contains Iron, which helps keep our red blood cells healthy. It carries oxygen from one cell to another, and supplies oxygen to our muscles. Quinoa also contains magnesium which helps relax blood vessels, alleviating migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Cinnamon has long been a popular spice in baking and cooking. It’s not only a delicious addition to your favorite foods but very beneficial for you too! It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol levels. One study even determined that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Apple- By biting and chewing an apple you stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. A recent study indicated that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fiber foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. The soluble fiber found in apples also binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you. The compounds found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. I feel that many people, myself included, take apples for granted. I try to eat at least one a day and add it to foods that I eat, but don’t give the health benefits much thought. I simply forget how about the many health benefits that they carry. Nutritional value aside, these are some pretty tasty muffins. While working on the best possible quinoa muffin recipe, here are a few lessons that I gleamed from repeating the recipe a few times. I made this recipe three times in total. I added one more tablespoon of coconut oil to the batter and the result was much more flavorful and moist muffin. I also changed from using apple pieces to applesauce. I believe that the apple sauce is a better method. It produces a a more even texture. As you eat the muffin, by using the applesauce, you notice the flavors of the cinnamon and the subtle vanilla, instead of focusing on bite after bite of chunky apple. I realize that may be a personal preference, so if you prefer larger pieces of apple, feel free to substitute some apple, thinly sliced, in place of the applesauce. However, if I may suggest, try making it first with the applesauce for the very best result. I used tri- colored quinoa, feel free to use the type and brand that you prefer. SO here you have it, produced after a few not so perfect attempts- my very best cinnamon apple quinoa muffin recipe. :)

Vegan Muffin Recipes: GF Quinoa Apple Cinnamon Muffins


Recipe Type: Breakfast Sweets
YIELDS10-12 muffins
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  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Quinoa
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthum Gum
  • pinch Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Applesauce
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Boil 2 cups water add 1 cup quinoa, boil about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain. 3. Measure all dry ingredients, flour, quinoa, xanthum gum, cinnamon, baking powder and soda, salt, and sugar, and add into a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly, smashing any lumps. 4. Melt coconut oil in a saucepan. Use a little to oil grease the the muffin pan 5. Add applesauce, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and vinegar to melted oil in a large bowl. 6. Use a whisk or electric beater to mix well 7. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix quickly just until completely combined 8. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Muffin tops should be lightly browned and spring back when pressed with your finger. 9. Loosen the muffins in their cups and let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. I like to eat them quite slightly warm. Sit down for a minute, and unwind momentarily from your stressful day. Put your feet up and rest, enjoying a warm quinoa muffin- take one minute to savor your day :)
Also by Alex: Creamy Zucchini and Summer Squash Soup
GF Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Tarts
GF Raspberry Chocolate Cupcake
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Alexandra Kudukis is a freelance journalist currently writing for Dirva, Draugas News, and Draugas Newspapers, contributing articles in both English and Lithuanian. She began her informal journalistic training at the tender age of four when she began attending concerts with her mother’s best friend Jane Scott, the premier rock music reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Everything she knows from the structure of a good article to conducting an engaging interview- including how to be gracious and kind even in the most difficult of situations, she learned from Jane. She has completed her first novel, a dynamic struggle of a woman letting go of childhood dreams while attempting to balance a horric home life and burgeoning career. Alexandra has also just completed her first full-length screenplay chronicling the young adult lives of children from Eastern European families, misfits trying (and failing) to find success as first generation Americans. She has an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University, which has provided her a broad base on which to base her career.Her blog details the trials and triumphs of an aspiring writer. She studied German and Russian as an undergraduate and loves to travel. Alexandra currently resides in Fountain Valley, CA with her animal companions, two cats Isabella and Victoria and Pierre, a rescue pigeon.

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