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Stack of Two Cranberry Orange Quinoa Muffins with Another Muffin, Teacup and Orange Slices in the Background
Quinoa Cranberry Orange Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Quinoa in muffins? OH YES! Quinoa adds not just nutrition, but bulk, texture, and moisture to baked goods! These hearty quinoa muffins are bursting with juicy cranberries and refreshing citrus flavor. Perfect for breakfast or snack!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 315 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour (all-purpose or spelt flour works too)
  • ¾ cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ cups orange juice
  • cup coconut oil (or your favorite baking oil)
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16-32 pecan halves (optional)
  1. Stir the quinoa and water together in a small saucepan and place it over high heat.

  2. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. 

  3. Allow the pot to sit, covered, for five minutes. Remove the lid, fluff the quinoa with a fork, and allow it to cool a bit.

  4. Preheat oven to 350° and line a 16 cup muffin tin with papers.

  5. Stir the cranberries and sugar together in a small bowl.

  6. In a large mixing bowl, mix 1 cup of your cooked quinoa (you'll probably have a bit leftover), with the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cloves.

  7. In a separate bowl, stir together the orange juice, oil, vanilla and orange zest. Mix until just blended.

  8. Fold in the cranberries

  9. Distribute the batter among the prepared muffin tins and top each muffin with 1-2 pecan halves, if using.

  10. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and springy to touch.
  11. Remove the muffin tin(s) from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Cranberry Orange Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 182
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.2g31%
Saturated Fat 5.5g28%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 261mg7%
Carbohydrates 30.4g10%
Fiber 4.8g19%
Sugar 11.3g13%
Protein 4.8g10%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.