Cinnamon Streusel Muffins with Quinoa

 

For the quinoa:
3 c. water
1 1/2 c. quinoa

For the muffins:
2 c. dark brown sugar, tightly packed
1 c. grapeseed oil (You may substitute canola oil, vegetable oil, or any other light, flavorless oil.)
2 large eggs
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk, whole
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground

For the streusel topping:
2 c. dark brown sugar, tightly packed
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 c. all-purpose flour

To prepare the quinoa, bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until tender and translucent, approximately 10-15 minutes. Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool. ImageMeanwhile, preheat the oven to 350° and prepare the muffin batter by sifting the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Cream the oil and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs, beating until just incorporated. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk and beating just until a smooth, uniform batter forms. Fold in the cooled quinoa. (Please note:  the instructions listed above will yield approximately 5 cups of cooked quinoa – you only need 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa for these muffins. You can store the remaining 3 1/2 cups cooked quinoa in an airtight container for future use.)

Line 24 standard-sized muffin cavities with paper liners and fill each lined cavity approximately 3/4 full with the prepared batter. Drop the filled muffin tins firmly onto a hard surface to release any air bubbles in the batter. Set the batter-filled tins aside.

Prepare the streusel topping by combining the sugar, flour and softened butter in a large bowl. Using your fingers, mash and mix the ingredients into a rough crumble. Generously top the muffin batter in each cavity with several tablespoons of streusel. Bake the muffins for 23-26 minutes or until the streusel topping is slightly crisp and golden.

YIELD:  24 muffins

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