Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins Inspired by The Healthy Maven

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I typically wake up a little more excited on Sundays than any other days. Monday through Friday clearly I am waking up for work so therefore, dreading most of my day and Saturdays I’m waking up far too early for a Saturday to go run double-digit miles. Sundays, though – Sundays I can have a real breakfast.

The Sunday of June 22nd was a little more special than other Sundays because my friend Davida’s e-cookbook, The Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook, was in my inbox when I woke up. I went to sleep on Saturday excited to wake up on Sunday and make a breakfast from Davida’s e-cookbook. If you read my blog and don’t read Davida’s blog, The Healthy Maven, you’re probably the only one.

Her Banana Quinoa Muffins intrigued me, but I didn’t have her gluten free flour blend (I need to purchase all of the ingredients except for brown rice flour) and I wanted to use real eggs. I also was out of chocolate chips so basically I took the idea of her muffins and totally bastardized them. But hey, they still turned out great and I’m attributing it to her amazing skills. You should really buy her book and have 40 amazing, healthy breakfast recipes at your finger tips at all times.

chocolate banana quinoa muffins gluten free | almost getting it together

Trying to get artsy with quinoa is difficult.

The e-cookbook has creative recipes you won’t find anywhere else from her Apple Pesto Breakfast Sandwich to Sweet Potato Crust Breakfast Pizza and a Sriracha Caesar that I have yet to make, but I promise I will soon.

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Click through to order The Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook!

Here’s my take on Davida’s Banana Quinoa Muffins but I’m really just using this as an excuse to talk about her e-cookbook while still hooking you in with a recipe.

chocolate banana quinoa muffins gluten free | almost getting it together

These guys are perfect for breakfast with some yogurt or as an afternoon snack!

Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins
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Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins, inspired by Banana Quinoa Muffins from The Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook by The Healthy Maven.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: gluten free
Serves: 12
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray a muffin tin or silicon muffin liners with coconut oil or other non-stick spray.
  3. Put bananas in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until completely mixed.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared muffin tins, ¾ of the way full.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes, until fork inserted comes out clean and tops begin to brown.
  7. Keep in airtight container in the refrigerator, up to one week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 126 Fat: 2.9 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 21.2 g Sugar: 3.7g Sodium: 52 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Protein: 4.3 g

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28 comments on “Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins Inspired by The Healthy Maven

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Jessie on July 17, 2014 6:34 am

Avocado in muffins? Hmm now that’s something I’ve never tried before. They do look quite moist though.
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:27 am

Avocado in muffins is my new secret weapon. It makes them creamy almost? I don’t know… I’m going to keep subbing it for oil until it doesn’t work anymore haha.

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jill conyers on July 17, 2014 7:33 am

Yum! The muffins look delicious! Gluten free and vegan? Awesome!
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:26 am

I wish I still had more… now I’ll have to make a batch staying true to Dav’s recipe!

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Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes on July 17, 2014 8:03 am

I’ll have to check out Davida’s site. Love that you tried these muffins out and that they are made from healthy ingredients. Yummy way to start the day.
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:26 am

Davida’s recipes are all made with healthy ingredients, definitely give her recipes a try! I’ve never had one I haven’t been obsessed with!

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on July 17, 2014 9:09 am

Are these the muffins you were talking about last night? I love taking recipes and making my own version (99% of the time because I don’t have the right ingredients).
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:26 am

No, haha… but these inspired the muffins I was talking about last night that are just mush. But delicious mush. I love that we both had the same banana baking fail. SEE YOU TOMORROW YAY XOXO

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Christina on July 17, 2014 9:09 am

What an interesting recipe! I’m definitely going to try this :)

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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:25 am

Please do! And check out Davida’s ecookbook, she has even more amazing recipes!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on July 17, 2014 9:50 am

Yummmmmo! I’ve been meaning to make a quinoa muffin, but I keep forgetting, and also I keep forgetting to grind down more oat flour when my dad isn’t sleeping during the day -___-
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Emily @ Zen & Spice on July 17, 2014 10:26 am

Sounds like an interesting combo! :) I love quinoa– bout time I tried it with chocolate!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:16 pm

Yum breakfast quinoa with chocolate… you have my mind working…

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Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 17, 2014 11:01 am

These muffins look like they’re the perfect healthier breakfast treat! I’m personally still in awe that Davida was able to finish her cookbook so fast. Making one is definitely a dream for me!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:16 pm

That girl has more drive and hard working will power than anyone I know!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on July 17, 2014 12:39 pm

Gotta try these. Have you ever tried quinoa flake? DON”T it is disgusting. I tried it and was so repulsed that I think I just tossed all of it. I love a good smorgasbord of ingredients in a muffin, definitely my style!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:16 pm

I have quinoa flake but haven’t used it yet… eek.

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Kelli @Hungry Hobby on July 17, 2014 1:15 pm

I love quinoa/oat muffins, but I really love the use of avocado in this recipe! I always want to bake with avocado but can’t quite get it all together! These look amazing, I definitely want to try them!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:15 pm

Just sub avocado for oil… so creamy!

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Kimberly on July 17, 2014 2:24 pm

These sound positively divine! I love quinoa in muffins … making soon!
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Matt @ Runner Savvy on July 17, 2014 8:09 pm

Oh yum!
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on July 17, 2014 11:20 pm

Cooked quinoa AND avocado in a muffin? Definitely would have never thought to try that! Can always count on Davs to come up with some crazy awesome stuff :)
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:15 pm

The avocado makes them solo creamy!

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Jamie @ At Home Baristas on July 18, 2014 9:57 am

Confession: I’ve never had quinoa in desserts before. I feel like I am missing out. I need to give these muffins a try!
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:15 pm

Yes! I also have a great recipe for a pumpkin quinoa microwave mug breakfast cake on my blog… so yummy!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on July 19, 2014 12:35 am

Who is Davida? That is a silly silly name.
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Cassie on July 29, 2014 8:13 pm

NO CLUE. She sounds alright, though. JK XOXO Davs, love you!

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Kierston on July 19, 2014 4:02 pm

These look yummy! Thanks for linking up to this recipe over at #RECIPEFRIDAY :)
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