Tight Wad in Utah: Banana Quinoa Muffins

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Banana Quinoa Muffins

I have a beautiful niece staying with me for a month. She is sensitive to gluten and this has helped me explore areas I have wanted to venture into.  Since her arrival, we've had gluten-free pancakes, gluten-free cookies and found some delicious gluten-free breads.  I had also promised a friend I would attempt to find a good protein muffin that her kids could easily take and eat in the car if necessary when rushing off to school. I'm not exactly certain how much protein in a muffin constitutes a "protein muffin" but here is my latest.

I came across a banana-Quinoa muffin recipe on the back of  an Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes box. 

1/2 cup   Quinoa flour (found at Harmon's)
1/2 cup   Quinoa flakes (found at Smith's Marketplace)
2 Tbsp    Honey (I used Organic Agave instead)
2 tsp       Baking Powder
1 tsp       Baking Soda
1/2  tsp   Salt
2            Very ripe bananas
2             Eggs

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix flour and flakes and other dry ingredients in one bowl.  In a separate bowl mix together bananas, eggs and honey.  Add to dry ingredients.  Pour into greased muffin tins.  Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. 

My recipe made 12 little muffins. 
The recipe as listed above in Weight Watchers lingo is ONLY 1.29 points PER MUFFIN (if you make 12).
The recipe using agave instead of honey is 1.13 points per muffin. (Not a big difference).

I had a little bit of chocolate in my fridge - which added a nice touch. ;)  I couldn't help it. Weight Watchers points were sadly not calculated for added chocolate. 

As far as protein goes, there is only 1.2 grams of protein per muffin. I'm not certain that's a stellar number for a protein muffin, but these were tasty, real tasty!

-Veronica Note: This post may contain a sponsored/affiliate/referral link. Thank you for supporting this site!


Mindie said...

I've got to try this recipe!!

Mindie said...

I've got to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Veronica said...

You will love them, Mindie!!

Arizona Hosmers said...

They look delicious. I am sure AH is having fun being pampered at your home.