Blueberry Quinoa Muffins {sponsored post}

Jan 12

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s a New Year, and I’m sure that like me, you may have created some resolutions about eating healthy, getting in shape, etc. I’ve been pretty good on the working out front. I even ran my first half marathon in November!

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But I need to work on the eating healthier part for 2015. I won’t be making big goals– at first. People often make big, lofty goals that are unattainable, but little steps are the way to be more successful and to stick with the resolutions.

One of way that I’m looking to eat healthy– it’s simple– is to stock up our fridge and freezer with fruits and veggies. I ended up leaning more toward frozen stuff because I often will forget about the fresh fruit in the fridge, so frozen works great for our lifestyle. And subbing in more of these kind of foods instead of unhealthy snacks (for me, it’s cookies).

One great fruit is blueberries. I adore blueberries– whether as a snack in a baggie at work or adding them to pancakes, muffins, etc. They are an easy and healthy addition to a meal or just as a snack!

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If you need other ways to figure out how to incorporate blueberries, check out my recipe below or visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website. It has a ton of fun recipes where blueberries take center stage. The Blueberry Council called them little blue dynamos that rekindle the pleasure and ease of eating well. I do feel a little better after eating a handful of blueberries :)

What’s more is that the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a sweepstakes that you can enter to…

  • Win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress,
    author and TV host Alison Sweeney.
  • Or win one of four $500 Whole Foods or Lululemon gift cards for a refreshed pantry or workout wardrobe!

The sweepstakes opened on January 1, 2015 and closes February 16, 2015! Enter here!

Now onto my recipe– my biggest blueberry obsession is with blueberry muffins. So I lightened it up a little by adding quinoa, flaxseed, and rolled oats (recipe adapted from the fit nut). Still delicious, but so much healthy. Yay for little changes.

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What are some of the little changes that you’ll make in 2015?

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about ½ cup uncooked with 1 cup of water)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Cook time: 22 min
  • Servings: 14-16 muffins
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin tins-- either line with cupcake liners or spray tray with cookie spray and use a baggie to spread the cooking spray in each cup.

In a mixer, combine flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add slowly-- quinoa, vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, milk, and lemon juice.

Remove mixer attachment, and fold blueberries into the batter.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, almost all the way to the top (the batter will not rise too much).

Bake for 22-25 minutes-- or until a fork or toothpick comes out clean.

After pans cool, transfer muffins to cooling rack.

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Comments: 75

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Jan 26 at 10:08 am Reply

    Those sound SO good. I HAVE to try those.

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:09 pm Reply

      And healthy too :)

  2. Debbie L. Jan 26 at 10:55 am Reply

    I have never cooked with quinoa. These look delicious!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Thanks Debbie– try quinoa!

  3. Angie Jan 26 at 11:00 am Reply

    I love blueberries too, and can’t wait to try these !

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Thanks Angie!

  4. Felicia Jan 26 at 11:16 am Reply

    WE love blueberries and quinoa. This sounds like a great recipe.

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Thanks Felicia!

  5. Dawn Jan 26 at 11:36 am Reply

    Those look delicious! I’m all about recipes that are healthy AND delicious. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Dawn!

  6. The Food Hunter Jan 26 at 12:54 pm Reply

    never made quinoa muffins before…sounds interesting

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:12 pm Reply

      Thanks– they are tasty :)

  7. Amber C. Jan 26 at 1:07 pm Reply

    We are eating more healthy, organic natural foods! These looks SO yummy! I would love to make these!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:12 pm Reply

      They are pretty good too!

  8. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes Jan 26 at 1:12 pm Reply

    I love these healthy muffins! I am trying to eat better lately and need delicious ideas like this.

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:13 pm Reply

      Hope this helps you keep on the right track!

  9. Katerina @ Diethood Jan 26 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I just feasted on a clamshell of blueberries! 😀 The quinoa muffins sound awesome!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Katerina!

  10. Kelly Hutchinson Jan 26 at 2:13 pm Reply

    I love cooking with quinoa and am always looking for new recipes. This one sounds so yummy!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Kelly- let me know if you give it a try!

  11. Kecia Jan 26 at 2:16 pm Reply

    We love making muffins for a quick and easy breakfast. I haven’t tried making any with quinoa, but these look good!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:15 pm Reply

      Thanks Kecia- I love muffins for breakfast too!

  12. Crystal Jan 26 at 2:46 pm Reply

    I’m trying to keep my fridge stocked and my pantry bare. I’ve found that the stuff I buy for my pantry is typically junk!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:16 pm Reply

      Great idea to keep healthy food in your house— but I struggle with that too :)

  13. Debbie Denny Jan 26 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Love blueberries. This looks really good.

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:16 pm Reply

      Thanks Debbie

  14. Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom Jan 26 at 4:40 pm Reply

    I adore blueberries and love cooking and baking with quinoa, win win!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:17 pm Reply

      Me too :)

  15. Christie Jan 26 at 4:45 pm Reply

    These sound delicious! Never would have thought to put quinoa and blueberries together!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Thanks Christie!

  16. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) Jan 26 at 5:27 pm Reply

    Yum! They sounds so good. Going to have to try them out!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Thanks Kim- please try them and let me know what you think :)

  17. Martha@A Family Feast Jan 26 at 6:07 pm Reply

    I love how versatile quinoa is in baked goods – and with blueberries added – even better!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:20 pm Reply

      I normally use quinoa with main dishes, but it was great with a breakfast meal too

  18. Paula - bell'alimento Jan 26 at 7:46 pm Reply

    What a great use for quinoa!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Thanks Paula!

  19. Mmmm I love blueberry muffins!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Me too :)

  20. Liz Mays Jan 26 at 7:54 pm Reply

    I love recipes that use quinoa. I’m starting to see more and more ways of using it. Blueberry muffins with quinoa sound great.

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Thanks Liz

  21. Pam Jan 26 at 8:14 pm Reply

    I haven’t heard of using quinoa in muffins. They look really tasty.

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Thanks Pam :)

  22. Renee - Kudos Kitchen Jan 26 at 8:21 pm Reply

    My goal is to cook/bake with more quinoa in 2015. Your recipe looks like a good place to start!

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Renee- glad to give you some recipe inspiration

  23. Tracie Jan 26 at 9:10 pm Reply

    These muffins look yummy. I always love blueberries.

  24. Shanaka Jan 26 at 9:12 pm Reply

    I haven’t ventured in to baking with quinoa yet. We love blueberry anything so these may be perfect for my family. Congrats on the first half marathon.

  25. Theresa Jan 26 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I am big on blueberries too! These muffins look like the perfect snack to tuck into my husband’s lunch bag for a quick afternoon snack!

  26. Melissa Jan 26 at 9:57 pm Reply

    These look good! I’d love to make them for my kids and sneak some healthy stuff in!

  27. Cookin Canuck Jan 26 at 10:10 pm Reply

    I completely agree that little steps are the way to go. Blueberries are part of my breakfast almost everyday in my favorite yogurt parfait. These muffins look perfect for breakfast or an after school snack for my kids.

  28. Ginny McMeans Jan 26 at 10:57 pm Reply

    I have never put quinoa in my blueberry muffins so I will have to try this. recipe. I sounds wonderful!

  29. Bea Jan 26 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Love blueberries – we get them every summer to last us throughout the winter. Such a great berry Incorporating them into muffins is such a great and delicious use of these super berries.

  30. Rosey Jan 27 at 1:02 am Reply

    I never thought to put quinoa in muffins. What a great way to get the kids to eat it (willingly). 😉

  31. Kay Adeola Jan 27 at 4:57 am Reply

    These look so good!! I love blueberry muffins but never thought of quinoa in there too.

  32. Lora @cakeduchess Jan 27 at 6:28 am Reply

    I think I’m late on the train of adding quinoa to my baking! This will be the recipe I make to get that fixed!

  33. Heather / girlichef Jan 27 at 7:37 am Reply

    Oh, I agree. I try to always keep frozen fruits and veggies on hand this time of year (when I can’t get much fresh around these parts)! I love that these muffins contain quinoa, they sound delicious!

  34. Janel (A Mom's Take) Jan 27 at 9:01 am Reply

    Those look yummy. I love anything with blueberries in them.

  35. Jeanine Jan 27 at 9:12 am Reply

    Yum those look delicious! I’ve never tried anything with Quiona. I will have to try these!

  36. Angie | Big Bear's Wife Jan 27 at 10:17 am Reply

    blueberry muffins are the best, aren’t they! My favorite!

  37. Beth@FrugalFroggie Jan 27 at 10:42 am Reply

    I love blueberry muffins. Looks like a healthy alternative recipe.

  38. April Decheine Jan 27 at 11:08 am Reply

    This sounds so darn healthy for breakfast or lunch. I have been using Quinoa more often in recipes.

  39. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) Jan 27 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Love love love these!!!

  40. Chrystal @ YUM eating Jan 27 at 3:14 pm Reply

    I just started experimenting with quinoa. I bought a bag and it took me forever to use it. I never thought about baking with it.

  41. Rose | The Clean Dish Jan 27 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your first half marathon! Quite the accomplishment. I want to run a marathon this year but so far, I have had no motivation to up my running game! These blueberry quinoa muffins look super tasty and nutritious!! Blueberries aren’t my fave but I would dig into one of those babies!! :)

    • Elizabeth Feb 01 at 8:24 pm Reply

      Thanks Rose– I did feel very accomplished when I finished :)

  42. Chrysa Jan 27 at 9:29 pm Reply

    What an amazing recipe. I always forget about using Quinoa in baking. Congrats on your first half! WTG!

  43. These look great. I’ve never tried quinoa in baked goods, but I love it and blueberry, so I’m sure I’d like them.

  44. Nutmeg Nanny Jan 27 at 9:54 pm Reply

    I had no idea you could make muffins out of quinoa…love!

  45. Anita Jan 27 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits to bake with! Love the muffins!

  46. Shannon Gosney Jan 28 at 1:53 am Reply

    I’ve heard of Quinoa before, but haven’t really tried it. This Blueberry Quinoa Muffin Recipe sounds delicious!

  47. Mary O'Malley Jan 28 at 2:52 am Reply

    Blueberry muffins are one of my favorite kinds. I’ve heard of Quinoa but I had never thought to use it in a muffin.

  48. I love quinoa in my baked goods, the blueberries take this recipe to an epic level!

  49. Camesha Jan 28 at 5:03 pm Reply

    These look great. I’d pair them with some yogurt for my kids in the morning. Yummy!

  50. Gabriel Bregg Jan 28 at 11:28 pm Reply

    We’ve only recently discover quinoa, never thought to use it in baked goods, we will have to give this a try.

  51. Melissa Jan 29 at 1:15 pm Reply

    We love muffins in this house and my daughter loves blueberries too. We will definitely have to try this out.

  52. Amanda @ The Kitcheneer Feb 01 at 1:46 pm Reply

    I love quinoa! I am always looking for ways to work it into my weekly meal plan! These are perfect!

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