Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Gluten-Free Carrot Quinoa Muffins

The weather has most definitely been keeping us on our toes lately in the northeast.  With a nor'easter behind us and another on its way tomorrow I am longing for Spring.  As I wait for the warmer weather to stay for good, I keep reminding myself that it is indeed March and I have given carrots free reign to make it into my recipes.  I took a chance on these muffins after our power outage.  After all, you can't really disguise shredded carrot that well in the muffin.  I sold them as 'cakes' to my toddler and he was on board right away.  My eldest daughter followed suit because that is what they do these days.  They both want the same things.  And I thought the five year age difference might be a problem...

I added quinoa flakes to this recipe.  I know oats are more traditional so to speak but I also happen to have an intolerance to them (even the gluten-free type) so I just don't use them in my recipes.  My kiddos are not fond of oat cereal either so it works out beautifully.

Here is the recipe I used:
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1scoop Naturade pea protein powder
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 egg+1 egg white
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vinegar

This mix is enough for 6 large muffins.  I baked them at 375 F for 30 minutes.  The muffins have a spongy texture and have a nutty taste from the quinoa.  I added an extra scoop of pea protein powder for a protein boost.  If you work out the nutritional content they have 102 calories each, 4.6 g fat and 7.1 g protein.  Not a bad way to start the morning, don't you think?  If you are wondering about the carb content, there's 8.1 g carbs (1.1 g sugars).  I love to hear my daughter tell me at pick up how my baked goodies keep her full until snack time at school!  She has actually given up on her chocolate rice cereal in the morning for good because she realizes it does not fill her up. No worries, chocolate rice cereal bars are in the making for after school snacks. 

Hope you enjoy these muffins as much as we do!  Thank you for reading!

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