Gluten-Free Maple-Apple Muffins

Cooked quinoa keeps these baked treats moist and healthful.

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Cooked quinoa keeps these baked treats moist and healthful. If you don’t care about avoiding gluten, use all-purpose flour in place of gluten-free flour mix.



  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Gala apple, peeled, cored, and diced (11/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Spray liners with cooking spray.

2. Whisk eggs in large bowl. Whisk in maple syrup, oil, and vanilla extract, then stir in apple and quinoa.

3.  Combine flour, sugar, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in separate bowl. Whisk until combined.

4. Make well in flour mixture, and pour in half of apple mixture. Stir to combine. Add remaining apple mixture, and stir until batter is smooth.

5. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, and bake 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin in center of pan comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 174
  • Carbohydrate Content 33 g
  • Cholesterol Content 31 mg
  • Fat Content 4 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 214 mg
  • Sugar Content 19 g