Quinoa muffins with dark chocolate, dried cherries and cardamom

by Alice on febbraio 6, 2010

Quinoa muffins with dark chocolate, dried cherries and cardamom


100 g quinoa flour
200 g semi-whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
a pinch of whole sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
half a teaspoon cardamom powder
200 ml plain (unflavoured) and unsweetened rice milk
70 ml extra virgin olive oil
80 g rice malt syrup
20 ml maple syrup (grade C)
100 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), broken into pieces
3 handfuls of dried sour cherries

Makes 10-12 muffins.

Quinoa muffins with dark chocolate, dried cherries and cardamom


Preheat oven to 180° C. In a large bowl,  combine the quinoa flour, wheat flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, salt, baking soda, cardamom powder and stir to blend well. In another bowl combine the milk, olive oil, rice malt syrup, maple syrup and whisk well. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir gently until the ingredients are combined but make sure you don’t over mix the batter. Add the chocolate and cherries and give another stir just to make sure they’re evenly incorporated into the batter. Fill the muffin cups or muffin tray with the batter, using a spoon. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, unmold the muffins and place them on a wire rack to let cool.

Thoughts, tips, ideas

If you want to enjoy the bits of melted chocolate, eat the muffins while they’re still warm. Or whenever you fancy one, you can always warm it up. Anyways, they’re equally good cold. 

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kasey febbraio 7, 2010 alle 09:45

While I’m a huge fan of quinoa, I’ve never tried it in sweet things like these muffins. Love the unique elements here!

2 Alessandra febbraio 8, 2010 alle 02:08

Uhhhhh, these look lovely, and I love cardamom! :-)

3 Mihl febbraio 9, 2010 alle 10:31

That is an amazing combination of ingredients! I love quinoa flour and cardamom. Plus, I never had cardamom with chocolate.

4 Sharon febbraio 19, 2010 alle 13:59

Do I have to buy quinoa flour, or would it suffice to just grind up some quinoa in a coffee grinder?
These look so good!

5 Alice febbraio 19, 2010 alle 17:08

Hi Sharon, you can certainly grind up some quinoa, that would work as well. Thanks for visiting!

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