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happy friday + sweet treat {quinoa muffins}

Good Friday morning lovelies. I hope you have had a fabulous week so far and are gearing up for a weekend full of play!

The sun and spring has finally arrived in Southwestern Ontario – YEAH! We are hosting a couple BBQ’s at our home this weekend and I can hardly wait to indulge in some delicious eats with some fabulous company.

Before I get busy in the kitchen, I wanted to share my little quinoa muffin adventure with you. I was batch cooking some quinoa the other day and ended up with more than I needed. So what’s a girl to do when she has an abundance of quinoa, make quinoa muffins! Thanks to good ole’ Google, I typed in “quinoa muffins” and voila, Miss Martha had a recipe inspiration for me.


I prefer to freestyle my cooking but baking is a task that I’m not quite as confident with {as I am sure I have mentioned before}. I tried to beef these baby’s up with more nutrition by opting to make some healthier substitutions and I am happy to report that they turned out very well.

Warning: These are more dense than your typical “fluffy”, gluten and sugar filled muffin. I used almond flour instead of the all-purpose flour suggested in the recipe so feel free to use the all-purpose suggested in the original recipe or play around with some other gluten free varieties. I adore the heartiness of these and they make for a perfect mid-day pick me up.


  • 1 cup quinoa {dried} or 2 cups cooked
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups flour {I used almond flour but the recipe calls for all-purpose or sub in another flour of your choice}
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ Tsp. baking powder {aluminum free}
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup organic raisins
  • ¾ cup whole milk {or dairy alternative such as almond milk}
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin spice OR cinnamon {optional – to sprinkle on before baking}

You can follow the directions HERE.

muffin close up

These were divine slathered with a bit of butter right out of the oven.

Have an amazing weekend friends!


amazing gluten free muffins + happy canada day

today kicks off our Canada Day long weekend here in Canada – and I am so excited to spend lots of time with family and friends doing some celebrating!

I am also still hoping that our sweet baby will choose to make his/her arrival this weekend! I am now 40 weeks + 2 days … but who’s counting ;) We had a midwife appointment yesterday and it looks like things are progressing or at least starting too – which is great news!

I think my husband is beginning to think I’m going a little crazy with this “nesting” stuff but I can’t seem to stop. between more cleaning and organizing yesterday I made the most delicious gluten free muffins! seriously delish.

I know you may not feel like turning your oven on in the heat of summer – but I promise these are certainly worth it. the inspiration for these almond flour banana blueberry muffins came via twitter the other day courtesy of a great website called “clean eating chelsey“. this is the first time I have ever baked with almond flour and it turned out fantastic. thank you Chelsey!

here they are heading into the oven …

and voila.

the finished product topped with a bit more cinnamon.

these were so easy to make and seriously taste fabulous. I enjoyed one right out of the oven with a bit of butter and it was ahhhh-mazing!

wishing you a fabulous weekend friends!

PS. HAPPY CANADA day long weekend to my fellow Canucks!

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