Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quinoa, Coconut Almond Muffins

Is it really only Tuesday night? This week is moving too slow for me :). This am I woke really early to get in a workout. I ran two miles, did twenty minutes on the elliptical and then did a 20 minute lower body workout. I also had a dentist appointment this am that went well-no cavities yayy. This afternoon I gave Frank a bath, did some laundry/ironing, cleaned the bathroom, and then got to cooking! Tonight I tried Quinoa for the first time! I cooked it according to the package directions and then added toasted pine nuts and cooked peas. I really enjoyed the Quinoa, as did Josh.
Full din din: Chicken and Quinoa
We have a pot luck day at work tomorrow. I made a big pot of my black bean dip to bring in with some chips. I also decided to make up some breakfast pot luck- Coconut Almond Muffins:


1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or substitute (I used smart balance)
1 egg or equivalent egg substitute
sliced almonds to top muffins


Mix all ingredients except almonds. Fill muffin trays 2/3 full (makes 12 muffins). Top with sliced almonds. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean.

They are pretty simple muffins but I enjoy the flavor. Josh and I split one for dessert. Frank and I are ready for bed...hopefully we can convince Josh to join us :)


Jenn said...

Frank is too cute for words.

And those muffins...yummy. Coconut is taking the foodie world by storm these days it seems! :)

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Mmmm, those muffins look good!

twinksy said...

I was so excited because my eyes somehow missed the comma, and I thought you made quinoa coconut almond muffins! I looove quinoa

Esi said...

Oooh! I'm glad you like quinoa. You can do so much with it. Even put it in muffins!!

eatingbender said...

Aw, I love Frank!!

Those coconut almond muffins are amazing! I have just recently decided to embrace coconut, so thanks for the great recipe!

MizFit said...



but Im partial to canineunderbites that way.

Erica said...

Jenn- Thanks :) Yes, coconut is the "it" food right now!

Foodie- Thanks!

Twinksy- haha, I have to try quinoa muffins...I plan to do it soon :)

Esi- It is fab! I am going to start making it on a regular basis!!

jenn- thanks :) any time!

Mizfit- I am a HUGE wrinkle and underbite fan....so fun :) I'd love to see a pic of your dog!!

HangryPants said...

Hi Erica,

Thanks so much for adding me to your blog list!

Franks is adorable. And your muffins look yummy!


P.S. Have a great Wednesday!

Quinn said...

Frank is adorable! Those muffins look fantastic. I really need to get a muffin tin.

VeggieGirl said...

Haha, this week is FLYING BY for me!! :0)

I'll accept any and all leftovers of that quinoa and the muffins, please!! ;0)

Aww, Frank :0)

eatingbirdfood said...

I have been thinking about trying quinoa for a dinner option but haven't gotten around to it. I am glad to here you enjoyed it - that might just inspire me to make it tonight!

ttfn300 said...

Wow, those muffins are sounding good right about now!

(i did look up bodypump in boston, there's one gym that has it--have to wait and see once I get there if it's actually convenient!)

Erica said...

Hangry- thanks and no problem! I love your blog :)

Quinn- thanks and yes you do! Muffins are so fun and easy to make! Its also nice to have a portable fresh breakfast or snack!

VG- I wish this week was flying by !! Leftovers are in the mail ;)

Eating Birdfood- You should def give it a go!

TTFN- I hope you like the new gym...let me know!

ashley said...

Coconut almond muffins? How perfect of a combo is that?! How about adding some almond extract?

That last picture is the best. Aww!!

Lori said...

The meal looks great. I haven't gotten around to trying quinoa yet either. I will have to soon.

Frank is so awesome! :)

Mark Salinas said...

The muffins look tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Your dog is adorable!

Sarah said...

Your muffins sound great! Coconut and almonds, what a delicious combo- just like in granola! Ho ho, I'm sensing a pattern here....

I like quinoa, though I don't find its flavor very different from other grains, so I could take it or leave it with couscous or something else like that. I'm not sure if Ray has had it before. Strangely my mom doesn't like it, I'm not sure why.

Becca said...

Yum muffins! I bet everyone loved them!

lborg said...

That quinoa looks good! I recently tried pine nuts, too and really like them.

Thanks for the info about the comments, too! I'm pretty sure I fixed it. Ha, I was starting to think no one liked me or something;)