About 60 percent of the nation’s production of apples comes from Washington state, including just about every variety imaginable. Did you know that? That explains why I see apples for sale everywhere I go, and they always taste so freshly picked. I had a whole bunch of honeycrisp apples that were just starting to soften, so I decided it was time to throw them into a whole wheat, oatmeal, and quinoa muffin mixture. The great thing about making a batch of muffins (this recipe yields 18), is that you can enjoy them any time of day- breakfast, afternoon snack, dessert. Plus they freeze well when wrapped up in sealed baggies. I had another one of these hearty, nutritious treats this morning for breakfast with a cup of hot apple cider and sank into a blissful fall coma.
We’ve got some nutritious powerhouses going on here- quinoa, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, apples, and cinnamon.
First get your quinoa cooking. Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook until fluffy and the water has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and pour into a bowl to let cool.
Place 1 cup of the oats (set aside the other cup) in a food processor and process until the oats are finely ground. Add the oats to a medium sized mixing bowl, along with the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir together and set aside.
Add the sugar and coconut oil to a large electric mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until combined. Add in the eggs 1 at a time, mixing until incorporated. Add in the Greek yogurt and beat until smooth. I like to use plain, non-fat Greek yogurt.
Combine the cooked quinoa with the dry ingredients and gradually add to the sugar and eggs, mixing between each addition until just combined.
Fold in the remaining oats and diced apples.
Portion out the batter into the prepared muffin cups and bake at 375 for 15-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Smear on some apple butter and call it a day.