4-ingredient chocolate quinoa muffins make on-the-go breakfasts & snacks grand! They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, added sugar free, 91 calories each, and 100% delicious and satisfying.
If I have learned anything from writing a food blog, it is how often I am wrong.
It is true for issues big and small, but especially for predicting which posts will be most popular.
Case in point, the 3-Ingredient Quinoa, Banana & Oat Muffins recipe I posted a little more than two years ago. It’s a handy recipe: fast, easy, frugal, and nutritious. In short, it was a perfect post to share until I got around to creating something far more exciting.
It has since become one of my most popular posts, by a landslide.
So I decided to make a chocolate version. This time, however, I am posting it with the knowledge that my predictive power is neither. So whether this swims or sinks (in world wide web-o-sphere terms), I’ll be content.
That does not mean that I cannot encourage you to try these, though, because you really should! They are 100% chocolate decadence disguised in healthy, muffin form!
Healthy Highlights of 4-Ingredient Chocolate Quinoa Muffins
The muffins are::
Fruit-Sweetened (no added sugar)
Only 109 Calories per Muffin
How to Make Vegan & Grain-Free Chocolate Quinoa Muffins
To make the muffins, mix 1 cup mashed, vey ripe banana with 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. The banana provides all of the sweetness and the cocoa powder provides deep, delicious chocolate flavor. Regarding the latter, I found that 3 tablespoons was not enough, 1/3 cup was too much, but 1/4 cup was just right for an intense dark chocolate flavor. You can adjust according to taste since the batter can be eaten raw.
Next, stir in 1 cup cooked quinoa + 1/3 cup rolled oats, and divide the batter among six greased muffins cups, smoothing the tops. If you like, push a slice of banana into the top (it gets a bit caramelized as the muffins bake).
In lieu of, or in addition to, the banana, you can always add a bit more sweetener. Or chocolate. Life needs more chocolate :).
In roughly 25 minutes, it’s chocolate bliss time. Bliss because these are so good, but also so good for you (prepare to feel wonderful!).