8 September 2015

STRAWBERRY, CHOCOLATE + PUFFED QUINOA MUFFINS

It may shock you to know that I don't eat breakfast.

Never have.

I don't know if this is an Australian thing or not because I know a hell of a lot of people who don't revel in early morning meals of sorts. For me, it is simple. I'm just not hungry enough to consume so early in the day. And on the off chance when I do find myself feeling peckish, I favour something light and fresh like fruit or yoghurt as opposed to indulging in traditional breakfasts such as bacon and eggs. Firstly I don't like bacon (yes, you read that right) and secondly its way too heavy and indulgent. Unfortunately for me my body has decided to become disloyal, a betrayal which possibly spans over some time now; like the last two or so years. And it turns out I have an under-active thyroid and thus am now on medication that requires me to eat something immediately after downing a minuscule white pill.

So what does one do to try to force themselves to eat? You get creative; like muffins. Muffins that incorporate fresh strawberries and dark chocolate. Because who can resist chocolate, period?

Well truthfully I can because I have such an aversion to food in the mornings but nonetheless these little babies have made the foray into breaking bad breakfast habits much less burdensome. They're light, moist and not overly sweet enough to insult. There's also a fun little crunch on top thanks to some crispy, puffed quinoa and chia seeds.

They also happen to be relatively healthy. Of course you can substitute or remove to make it that extra bit healthy. Or better yet check out the original from which I adapted this one from right here

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 INGREDIENTS: 
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup puffed quinoa
1/2 cup raw sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tbs baking powder
125g butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup almond milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g dark chocolate, cut into chunks
200g fresh strawberries, sliced
1 tbs black chia seeds

Preheat oven to 170°C/ 335°F.
Using an approx 18cm square sheet of baking paper, further cut into 4 pieces until you have a total of 12 small square pieces of baking paper.
Place and mould baking paper pieces into a large cupcake or muffin tray.
In two separate small bowls reserve about 1 1/2 tsp of puffed quinoa and raw sugar.
In a larger bowl place almond meal, flour, coconut, the rest of the puffed quinoa and sugar, salt and baking powder and combine.
Making a well in the centre then add vanilla, melted butter, almond milk and egg and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate and mix through and repeat with fresh strawberries.
Fill each hole on the baking tray so that it is just shy of full.
Top with a sprinkling of chia seeds, puffed quinoa and raw sugar.
Bake for around 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

[ Recipe adapted slightly from Cook Republic ]

Et voila
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74 comments

  1. I love bacon and eggs but I will swap them for this delicious muffins
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  2. My husband has a tiny tummy in the morning, and I am the complete opposite. I am seriously a tank in the morning lol. These look amazing. Thanks for sharing! If you have a second, I would love to hear your thoughts on my latest.

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  3. No waaaay, this looks beyond delicious!!! It's freakin' 3 am and I'm so, so hungry right now. Shouldn't have seen this, made me wanna go to the kitchen straight away and start preparing this!!!

    Now!

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  4. ooh those muffins look sooooo delicious!! :D

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  5. I used to skip breakfast too before I became a mum. These look great, by the way.

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  6. looks heavenly!!! I've been using chia seeds on my drinking water for weeks now to help me with my metabolism issues. Lol :)))

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    1. Wow, in drinking water! I might try that myself xx

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  7. YOU DON'T EAT BREAKFAST?! Whaaaat? But they are the best meal time ever! Ahhhhh, though I'd eat these quinoa everyday if I can hahaha. They look amazing and ssoooo flufffy! I want it now.

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  8. Uhmmm.... delicious muffins!!!!!!!!!
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  9. I never ate breakfast either - but I always found myself to be starving before lunch came so I changed that and love my cereal now hehe

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    1. Me too! I didn't have breakfast as a teenager either but when I've started to work I definitely needed one. I have a sweet tooth so I eat my toast with some jam most of the time. I see you muffins would be a great replacement, Sonia. ;) Really mouth watering and yummy!!

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  10. I understand you.. Posts everyday it's a little bit crazy :P

    Hum, so easy and seems to be very delicious :D

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  11. I could never start the day without eating breakfast. I become such a cranky bitch without food haha! This looks absolutely delicious!

    Xx Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Hahaha! I am too, except in the mornings. I'm just cranky then because it's morning! xx

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  12. I like the idea it contains almond milk as one of the ingredients is my favorite I need to try look delicious.

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  13. Já comia!

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  14. Já comia!

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  15. Must try it!

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  16. Yum they look great! :)

    I'm amazed you don't eat brekkie! When I was pregnant with my son I felt sooo sick in the morning I couldn't even think about food until about 10 or 11am, and I always felt so weak and tired for the rest of the day. I feel much better when I can eat something in the morning - even if it is just usually a slice of toast as I'm rushing out the door.

    Hope you're adjusting to your new breakfast routine - with something as yummy looking as this I can imagine it's not too difficult eating! :)

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    1. It has certainly helped, still trying to adjust to it though xx

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  17. What a interesting blog post my Dear !:) I really like to read your news !
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  18. I love muffins of any kind and these look so good. I relate to not eating breakfast. I skip it a lot and just have coffee. But every once in a while I awake feeling ravenous and have to have it. Saved the recipe. Have a great week darling.
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  19. OMGGGG those look delish! def gonna try. just found your blog. love it!
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  20. These look so good! I have never had quinoa in any type of baked good. I personally love breakfast food any time of the day, but I definitely have to eat some type of breakfast.


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  21. What a wonderful and healthy late-late-late breakfast you have :)))
    The same happens to me. In Italy we usually drink coffee and eat something sweet, but can add also yogurt.
    Have a lovely day!

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  22. Sonia, I feel like I should tell you what I tell my daughter coz she hates eating breakfast: It's the most important meal of the day! :D
    But seriously, these look so good. I love all the ingredients in it:)

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  23. Yummy, I'm not a great cooker but you gave me the right inspiration to get into the kitchen and start preparing these muffins!!

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  24. You're making me hungry at this hour, my dear! Any left for me?? xoxo

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    1. Plenty Shirley, I'm going to whip up another batch over the weekend too! xx

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  25. This looks so delicious!!
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  26. oh wow, so yummy :) I'm getting so hungry :D
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  27. great post

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  28. Helloooooo YUM. Gimme, gimme!

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  29. This is really nice! Have a great day. :)

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  30. mm this makes me soo hungry, looks amazing :) x x

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  31. Sonia, I'm so very sorry for your thyroid problem, hope you are fine now, I know what you mean. You shocked me though as for me breakfast is so important and I cant skip it, well is just cause Im very hungry from the morning!:P Your muffins looks so scrumptious and u have been creative on picking the ingredient. Hugs! xo

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  32. Its look really good, thanks for the recipe !

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  33. I need something for breakfast I find! These look so yummy. Great idea

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  34. These look delicious! :)

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  35. Yum yum yum, these look so delicious and healthy too!

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  37. I'm not very hungry in the morning either but to get my metabolism going, I try to never skip it. These muffins look super yummy. Would even eat them without being hungry!

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  38. I never skip breakfast (: they look so good! (:
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  39. Strawberry and chocolate sound like a tasty combination! Thanks for sharing :)

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  40. This is FOOD PORN !! :)
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  41. I also don't eat breakfast before.. but that was when I was in grade school then I started having it when I'm in the uni.
    Anyway, your cooking is always looking so yummy, hun.. I really appreciate your efforts for sharing it to us!
    Hope you're having a lovely day~

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  42. Love this! It looks so tasty and I'm going to have to bake these now!

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  43. Hi dear,
    this looks amazing, could be perfect for me!

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  44. Oh my they look incredible! I love your food photography!

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  45. they look soooo tasty!

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  46. This looks SO delicious. These past couple of months I've started to cook a lot!

    xx

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  47. Oh, you're right there - nobody can resist chocolate! This is a brilliantly innovative way of encouraging yourself to eat in the morning, I tend to just wolf down a fruit and nut bar and be done with it haha :)

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  48. Yum yum yum! Everytime I visit your blog I feel hungry!! :)
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    1. Hehehe! I don't know if that is a good thing or bad! xx

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  49. I would love to eat these muffins. They look so tasty! I alway eat quinoa but have never tried a quinoa muffin.

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    1. It's a different way to incorporate them xx

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  50. Seriously, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing Sonia! I may ave just ran out of quinoa so I have to stock up pretty soon!

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  51. These look and sound amazing, YUM!

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  52. This definitely made my tummy mumble! So delicious!

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  53. What a great healthy breakfast :)

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