{vegan} almond apricot quinoa muffins.

by Hillary on May 15, 2011

I get excited over muffins easily… especially with a recipe such as this one.

It combines all of my latest {healthy} food obsessions: quinoa, chia, cinnamon, almond milk and dried apricots.

These muffins are just the slightest bit sweet and have A+ quality texture between the seedy chia crunch and chewy apricots. You will not feel guilty when you wolf down 3 muffins, alongside a cup of hot lemon water ;)



{Vegan} Almond Apricot Quinoa Muffins

recipe inspiration a la No Meat Athlete

  • 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1/4 c. organic maple/agave syrup blend
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped dried apricots
  • raw sugar for sprinkling

In a medium size bowl, whisk together the almond milk and chia seeds.  Allow to sit for 1 minute, then whisk in oil, maple/agave, and vanilla.

In a separate large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just incorporated.

Gently fold in the cooked quinoa and apricots – mix until only the large lumps are gone.

Pour into a prepared muffin tin (using magic muffin papers), sprinkle raw sugar over the top, and bake @ 350* for approx. 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 1 baker’s dozen .



I <3 muffins.

Check out my recipe page for more muffin recipes.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren May 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

These look fantastic!!! I was just thinking of using some quinoa for baking purposes. These would be perfect.


The Teenage Taste May 16, 2011 at 3:03 am

Oooh, I love that you made these with quinoa! I’ve been on quite a quinoa kick lately – I’m eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I’d love to make it with a muffin now. Thanks for the recipe!


Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles May 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

Oh! These look wonderful.
I’ve always wanted to try quinoa in baked goods, so I’m definitely going to try this!


Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers May 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

I never would have thought of quinoa in muffins. Brilliant!


Sarah May 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

I don’t know how I feel about the apricot muffins… but the cappuccino chip muffins look unbelievable!


Alaina May 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

I love muffins! These look amazing. I really need to buy some chia seeds; they seem to be everywhere nowadays! :-)


Elise May 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Good luck with exams — and NOM on the muffins! Apricots, quinoa and vegan? On my ‘to make’ list.


Allie {Cook Read Run} May 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

Oh boy! This sounds totally amazing. I want to go home and start cooking right now!


birdie to be May 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

Wow… yummy! This looks so good.


Angie May 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

What a great muffin recipe!! :) Thanks for sharing.


Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I just made a batch of muffins the other night, so I can’t make these yet (muffin overload!), but these look so yummy! I should make these as my next batch!


Meg May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

These were super yummy. I subbed dates for apricots because I had them on hand, I can’t wait to have one tomorrow morning!


Carol May 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

I have zero success with baking with quinoa…what is your secret?


Hillary May 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

2:1 water to quinoa ratio — no secret ;)


lynn @ the actors diet May 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

these look perfect – i love apricots and quinoa.


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