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Double Chocolate Raspberry Quinoa Muffins

Adapted from Lauren Kelly, Certified Nutritionist

Double Chocolate Raspberry Quinoa Muffins ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quinoa #recipe

Dense, chocolate muffins with a hint of fresh raspberry, made healthier with the addition of quinoa.

Quinoa is a wonder seed, full of fiber and protein … often thought of as a grain, but it’s not really. I love the nutty, chewy texture of quinoa when I’m cooking. It’s marvelous in place of rice or pasta … with eggs it’s delightful, but in baked goods, that chewy texture is a problem for me. I just can’t quite get past it.

Ah, but when I made that marvelous chocolate almond quinoa cake, I discovered a little magic trick that helps with the texture … simply blend the quinoa with the wet ingredients! Ingenious! Now I can try my good friend Lauren’s chocolate quinoa muffins that I’ve been wanting to make for soooo long. I added a few raspberries and a bit more chocolate … just cuz, well, I can’t follow a recipe, and raspberries go so well with chocolate. Also, raspberries remind me of my grandma, who always had the most beautiful raspberries in her garden. Gram also made the pretty pink tatting underneath the plate in the pictures. She died last year after 100 years of life. It was past time for her to move on, but I still miss her and will always, always love her.

Double Chocolate Raspberry Quinoa Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Double Chocolate Raspberry Quinoa Muffins


  • 2 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (lightly spooned into the cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 4 - 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or sucanat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray one 12-hole and one 6-hole muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Put the quinoa, vanilla, egg, olive oil and milk in a handi chopper or food processor and process till mostly smooth. There will still be some bits of quinoa in there ... that's okay.
  3. Pour the blended mixture into a medium mixing bowl and stir in the buttermilk. Add the flour, flaxmeal, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt & cinnamon and stir just until everything is mixed together well.
  4. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and raspberries. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (aside from the melted chocolate chips).


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Double Chocolate Raspberry Quinoa Muffins ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quinoa #recipe

This recipe was shared at Sweet & Savoury SundaysMix it Up MondaysMelt in your Mouth MondaysMunching Mondays, Full Plate Thursday, Thursday Favorite ThingsReal Food Fridays, Moonlight & Mason Jars and Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

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9 Responses

  1. Since I LOVE anything with chocolate and am pretty obsessed with Quinoa lately…these are a MUST!! Thanks so much for stopping by with your AMAZING recipes Ann 🙂 xoxo

    February 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    • Ann

      Thank you so much, Nic! I hope you love them 🙂

      February 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  2. These muffins look scrumptious Ann! Nettie

    February 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Nettie!

      February 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  3. Thanks for sharing on Mix it Up Monday. I love anything with chocolate and raspberry, and appreciate your use of quinoa. Great recipe!

    February 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm

  4. I have been wanting to try baking with quinoa! Thanks for sharing, pinning!

    February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

  5. absolutely delish, definitely trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Big Hugs! Happy Valentines Day ♥

    February 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

  6. Yumm…chocolate, raspberries, and quinoa! This is a winning muffin recipe 😉

    February 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  7. They look lovely. Thanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sundays, stop by and link up again this weekend!

    February 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm