Healthy Vanilla Quinoa Cupcakes
I planned on baking my Apple Pie Blondies (idea courtesy of commenter miss Karin!) so I could cross it off my “Blondie Flavors To-Bake List” but completely forgot to buy the apples (doh). I was at home with barely any ingredients on hand, and then I remembered I had saved a blog post wayyyy back when with a pretty intriguing recipe: Quinoa Bread. The blog is sadly no longer active, but the recipe used 100% quinoa flour rather than a blend of flours and required very few ingredients. Now this was a recipe I could make with so few ingredients on hand! Here are the recipe adjustments I made:
- omitted the seeds and raisins
- replaced half of the quinoa flour with sorghum flour (2 cups of quinoa flour has a really overpowering flavor!)
- replaced buttermilk with a mixture of dairy-free coconut yogurt and coconut milk
- added stevia extract for sweetness
- baked the batter in a cupcake tin instead of a loaf pan
I was planning on the recipe to make muffins, but the texture ended up being much more like cake than a muffin. And that’s a win in my opinion 😉
I made a few more recipe modifications for the next trial and BAM, I got the best cupcakes in the world!
Okay, that might be a controversial statement, especially in my household. My mother, sister, and I loved these cupcakes, but my father was undecided as he could detect the quinoa flour. Straight out of the package, quinoa flour has a pretty strong grassy smell. After baking, it has somewhat of a bitter flavor, but as long as you counteract it with a sweetener of some sort (my favorite is stevia) and another flavor such as chocolate or peanut butter, you should be good! That’s why I chose to frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The frosting overpowers the bitterness of the quinoa flour.
My dad said that he would definitely reach for another cupcake, but if it was served without the frosting, he probably wouldn’t grab a second serving.
Without frosting, these are more like muffins. Super fluffy, mildly sweet… and obviously made the best they can be when topped with frosting 😉
I have to admit, I’m on the fence with quinoa, I like it sometimes and I don’t like it other times. I cringe from the smell of quinoa flour straight out of the package, yet I can down all eleven three of these cupcakes in one sitting 😉
If you hate quinoa, these cupcakes probably aren’t for you. But if you love quinoa, you will adore these!
These Vanilla Quinoa Cupcakes are super fluffy, springy, and moist. Top it with some healthy frosting and you’ve got the most nutritious, guilt-free treat ever!
Healthy Vanilla Quinoa Cupcakes
- 136g (1 cup) Quinoa Flour
- 136g (1 cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
- 2 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
- 240g (1 cup) Plain, Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt
- 1¼ cups Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Paste (or Vanilla Extract)
- 1¼ tsp English Toffee-Flavored Stevia Extract
- 1 tsp Natural Butter Flavor
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cupcake tin with parchment paper liners (make sure to use parchment liners, not paper liners, because paper liners might stick!)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the quinoa flour, sorghum flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, vanilla paste, stevia, and butter flavor.
- Dump the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and whisk until everything is incorporated and any clumps are gone.
- Scoop batter into the prepared cupcake tin, then bake for ~27 minutes, or until surface of cupcakes spring back when tapped. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Frost with your frosting of choice, then serve and enjoy!
- I frosted my cupcakes with the Healthy Chocolate Frosting from my Naughty or Nice Cookbook. I also have a ton of frosting recipes here on the blog!
- Store cupcakes in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up for 4 days.
I honestly wanted to eat the entire batch. I wanted all eleven cupcakes. I cursed at the world wondering why calories matter *shakes fist at sky* but then I calculated the nutrition facts. Each cupcake has only 110 calories!! So I ate three cupcakes in a row. Didn’t feel bad one bit 😉
Hope you enjoy the cupcakes 🙂
With love and good eats,
love it <3!
Girl. FRIEND! These cupcakes look delectable and fully delicious! Why oh why can’t you feed me things that taste delicious and are healthy??? Get your skinny lol butt to NYC! 😛
Mhmm, these cupcakes look amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing!
Have you tried toasting the quinoa flour? I made some banana bread with quinoa flour and after toasting it, there was absolutely no bitter taste.
I have not tried toasting quinoa flour but I HAVE toasted quinoa seeds. The quinoa started to smell like peanut butter, so I’m not sure if that would go so well in these cupcakes, but I’ll definitely try it in a banana bread, that’s a great idea!
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I wan’t to bake these but I can’t find the rice protein powder for the frosting and was wondering if there is anything else that could work as a substitute, preferably something found in a supermarket 🙂
You can try using organic/non-GMO vanilla soy protein powder instead. That or any other vegan protein powder (whey, casein and egg protein powders just don’t work the same… they don’t absorb nearly as much and turn kind of sticky and gooey). You can find brown rice protein powder at health food stores like Whole Foods and maybe even Trader Joe’s 🙂
I hope you like the recipe!!
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Is there any substitution for the yogurt?
I’m afraid not — the yogurt adds bulk, moisture, texture and flavor.
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I swear you were born with magic in your baking hands. The way you can take an obscure ingredient like quinoa flour and turn it into these delightful looking cupcakes?! Kudos to you, girl. They do sounds amazing!
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This looks and sounds incredible. You could always put some chocolate chips on top 😉
I love trying new things.
I love Quinoa