by Olena

Chocolate Quinoa Muffins

by Olena

5 from 8 reviews

chocolate quinoa muffins

I would go for one of these chocolate quinoa muffins in a heartbeat right now but they are all gone. We ate some, kids-neighbours ate some and friends-neighbours ate some. Honestly, I do not run with a tray of freshly baked goodies in my hands, towel on a shoulder and tripping on Lego offering muffins to whoever comes in the door.

I know we love our clean food but not everybody does. And I do not want to see sour faces or worse than that it goes to waste, honestly. I do not throw away my hard earned $ organic food, period. I always cringe inside when someone wants to try my treat. You either get someone loving black bean brownies recipe or spitting healthy gingerbread fudge. Just the way it is. I’m sure you get it.

chocolate quinoa muffins

But these chocolate quinoa babies were gone in a matter of hours.

I used plain cooked quinoa, not flakes and not grinded. I always try to go the simplest route first. I just hate extra special items like quinoa flakes or washing an extra appliance. Then I thought to make chocolate muffins. Considering quinoa does have a unique taste, chocolate is a great candidate to hide it.

chocolate quinoa muffins

To further mask the quinoa taste I added coconut oil and coconut flakes. That always works plus makes muffins moist.

I decided to keep chocolate quinoa muffins gluten free because the whole point of quinoa muffins is meant to be gluten free, I think. I could add whole wheat flour and muffins would be bigger and fluffier but that would make whole wheat chocolate muffins. I wanted moist and denser muffin but yet soft. So, I used almond meal instead.

chocolate quinoa muffins

Another benefit of not using whole wheat flour is that you need less sweetener as almond meal and quinoa do not really expand. So, all I used was 1/4 cup maple syrup. Raw honey would be great as well but honestly I was too lazy to unscrew the lid, dig in the jar, get it out off the measuring cup. Whereas maple syrup flows easily from a jug. I had my quinoa stuffed eggplant in the oven so I was rushing.

These were fantastic nutrient dense chocolate quinoa muffins! Give them a try, they are not as weird as I thought. Now, beetroot muffins would be awkward but not chocolate coconut flour muffins, right?!

chocolate quinoa muffins


Chocolate Quinoa Muffins

chocolate quinoa muffins

5 from 8 reviews

Chocolate Quinoa Muffins that are low in sugar and made with cooked quinoa. Clean eating and gluten free muffins loved by all.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x



  1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions. Let it cool to room temperature so you do not end up with scrambled eggs.:)
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line muffin tin with liners or use silicone muffin tin. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk, applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla, baking powder and salt; whisk well to combine. Add cooled quinoa, almond meal, coconut flakes and chocolate chips; stir well to combine.
  4. Using large ice cream scoop, divide batter between 12 openings. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Store: Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 – 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I want to try making this for my texture sensitive toddler. I think he would prefer a smooth muffin (we are working on it)… if you were to blend this, would you grind the quinoa (and probably coconut) dry before mixing it all together? Or cook the quinoa first and then stuff everything in a blender to mix and get smooth? I’m leaning towards the 2nd option of just blending it all together after the quinoa is cooked…

  2. omg soo yummy. this is the first time im trying with all healthy type of ingredients. came out nicely ,,taste is soo good. i added one tsp of natural yogurt and a 1/4 bicarb soda. muffins are soo soft . thanks for this healthy recipe. definitely a best,healthiest bfast muffin .

  3. Thank you for the recipe and the inspiration to eat healthy stuff. I used almond flour instead of the meal and didn’t use any coconut flakes since I didn’t have any. Also I added 1/2 tsp baking soda and muffins turned out light and airy. My little ones usually gobble up, but these weren’t quite sweet enough for them. But I love it and it’s my everyday breakfast. Thanks again olena!

  4. I used dry Quinoa flakes instead of cooked. They are VERY good tasting but a little too crumbly. Any suggestions for next time?

  5. Make sure to use muffin liners as the muffins are quick to stick to the sides. I’m gonna try whole wheat flour with quinoa next time so they rise a bit and aren’t as dense.

  6. Came across this recipe and it was delicious!
    I didn’t have applesauce, so I mashed a banana and it worked really well.
    Thank you!

  7. I love these! Thank you for the recipe! I changed it up a bit a pulled out the chocolate chips & coconut flakes and substituted dried cranberries and they are part of my breakfast most every weekday.
    I’m type one diabetic and if I have 1 muffin with a bit of Bulgarian yogurt (3.5% fat) I am full all morning with a stable blood sugar level.
    Thanks again!

  8. These are incredible! Great recipe & easy. I used coconut milk because that was what I had. Also peppered the tops with a few more choc chips before baking. Can’t believe how tasty these are. Been eating mine w/ salty peanut butter slathered on top & black coffee in the morning. WOW

  9. I can’t believe how good these were! Really yummy. This was my first time trying a clean eating baked goodie recipe, and l’m so glad l tried it. Even my 60-something Mom was raving about these treats. The texture of the coconut was great, it totally disguised the quinoa. Olena, thanks for the recipes and blog, you have started to change the way I think about food, so Thank You!!!

  10. Hi there – made these muffins and they are good! Wondering about the calorie count however – 221 per muffin just doesn’t seem right? Is it??

  11. I am going to try these with a combination of teff, corn, and tapioca flour and banana instead of applesauce because of some dietary restrictions.

  12. These look so good I can’t wait to try them. As follows with all of your recipes I know they’ll taste great or you wouldn’t post them!

    Just want to say (since you mentioned the quinoa flakes) that one thing I especially like about your recipes is that I don’t have to search high and low for odd or expensive ingredients. I don’t live in the city, it’s small rural town. We have a super expensive health food store and big box store where I am not fond of the product purchasing policies (no fair trade) or most of the products themselves. (Not clean) I have have to drive 25-45 minutes depending on what/where the store and specialized ingredient is, so surprises aren’t impossible, just not convenient either. Plain quinoa, I always have! Basics, yes. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, Kit. I’m sure you will be making them.:) I live in a town with many stores and have no desire to drive around and spend money on ingredients I do not need and that can be substituted. I make it to a health food store once a month because life is busy, and most women are as busy as me. After I pay mortgage, kids’ sports and buy basic food, I do not have money left for quinoa flakes when I have a giant bag of quinoa from Costco. So, I get it.

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