Dark Chocolate Orange Quinoa Muffins

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We don’t eat a lot of dessert in our family other than fruit. Every once in a while, I like to have a sweet treat with my tea or coffee and this usually hits the spot. Who doesn’t love chocolate and orange together? This combination of flavours is just meant to be!

With this recipe, I attempt to add some healthy tweaks to a family favourite starting with the replacement of whole wheat flour instead of white flour. I also add quinoa which is so good for you. I changed the recipe from regular chocolate to dark chocolate and from vegetable oil to coconut oil. Another change is using honey to replace straight white sugar. All these changes make for a much healthier version.

If you are starting to eat REAL FOOD start by making some of these substitutions. Your transition to healthy eating can be really simple if you make these adjustments to your already well-loved recipes. If you’d like to know what foods to eliminate in your diet and what healthy real foods to replace them with then subscribe to my e-guide, 5 Easy Steps to Eating Real Food!

Dark Chocolate Orange Quinoa Muffins

If you love muffins, you might also want to try these: Pumpkin, Date and Chia Muffins and Sandra’s MMmm Muffins.

Leave me a comment with some of the healthy real food substitutions you’ve made to your diet that you are happy with! If you try my Dark Chocolate Quinoa Muffins let me know what you think of them!

Dark Chocolate Orange Quinoa Muffins
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These sweet and healthy muffins are perfect for breakfast, snack or an after dinner healthy dessert.
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • zest of an orange
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 TB pure vanilla
  • ½ cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cooked quinoa, flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips and zest.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together cooled coconut oil, milk, egg, vanilla and honey.
  4. Mix the liquid into the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir just until combined.
  6. Pour into a muffin tray with liners.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and until toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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About Sandra

In a previous life, Sandra was an adult educator, counsellor and trainer. While running a successful direct marketing business she became passionate about business, social media and coaching. She strives everyday for a life full of health, wellness, adventure, passion and purpose!

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