Cacao and quinoa have been used in combination since Aztec times, and I find this delicious recipe an easy way to incorporate the ancient superfoods into snack time treats.
Chocolate & Quinoa Muffins
Why not bake these healthy chocolate muffins to pack in the school lunch box or as an afternoon tea surprise? For this recipe, I have used cacao powder, blueberries and some cooked quinoa to add some protein. Cook the quinoa seeds exactly as you would cook rice - it will add the slightest nutty flavor, and a bit of interesting texture to your next batch of muffins.
Ingredients: 2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup raw sugar
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
100 grams butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries or raspberries (optional)
Ingredients for muffins
Sieve plain flour, baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.
Melt the butter
Melt the butter, add milk, vanilla extract, and eggs.
Combine all the ingredients
Combine all the remaining ingredients together and mix lightly.
Spoon the mixture into the pans
Spray twelve medium sized muffins pans with non-stick spray and spoon the mixture into each pan.
Ready to eat
Bake in a moderate oven for twelve - fifteen minutes.
Ideal snack for afternoon tea
Serve hot for afternoon tea, or pack in the school lunch as a healthy treat. You could spread on some simple chocolate icing to make them even more tasty.