Saturday, February 2, 2008
Now and then I catch parts of the Martha Stewart Show and a couple weeks ago I saw them make Quinoa Muffins. I have heard alot talk about quinoa, but didn't realize that it is a whole protein. The Wikipedia site for Quinoa explains more. But basically with dried beans and rice, you need both to give a whole protein and with quinoa, you don't: it "completes" itself. :-) And it is considered Gluten-Free. Which is great, because I know several people with gluten sensitivities.
I tried the quinoa cooked before adding it to the muffins and it was good. I am pleased with it.
These muffins were quite sweet- I followed Martha's recipe, except I don't have dark brown sugar so I just put in the same amount of white sugar and added around 1 TB of molasses. I think next time I will reduce the sugar- as the raisins already make it pretty sweet.
I got my organic quinoa at a local health food store in the bulk section for $1.99/lb. I bought almost a full pound and used about 1/3 of it for the muffins. I did use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour, they came out nice and fluffy, so next time I will go with 100% whole wheat.
Before cooking the quinoa, rinse it to get the saponins off- the saponins give it a bitter smell, but once rinsed it smells/tastes nice.