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Breakfast Quinoa Muffins

Breakfast Quinoa Muffins | Well and Full

These muffins are adapted from Amy Chaplin’s recipe in At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen, one of my favorite cookbooks!

I think it’s time for a life update – I realized I haven’t been sharing what’s going on in my life as much as I did last year. Whether or not you read these soliloquies, it’s enormously cathartic for me to write down where I am in life, almost as a checkpoint.

At this time last year, I was just about to leave my job at an insurance company after being on medical leave due to a tumultuous digestive illness. I was barely writing recipes for this blog, I couldn’t go to the grocery store alone, and I hardly left my apartment. I ended up moving back home in April, taking some time to heal and figure out what was going on. The summer went by quickly, but the subsequent fall and winter were full of relationship changes and some family turmoil. Only recently have I finally felt like I’ve been back on my own two feet.

Things are better, but there’s still a lot of changes going on. I’m moving again next week (my third move in the past year!) – my friend and I are getting a lovely apartment in a great town here in Connecticut.

It’s exciting (and slightly nerve-wracking) to be starting a new chapter in my life! Living the bachelorette life with my gal pal in this amazing apartment, working on this blog full time, taking my holistic nutrition courses too. I’ll have a new kitchen yet again! But this one has great counter space, all new appliances, and a DISHWASHER!! I have missed having a dishwasher SO MUCH the past few months. (BRB, changing my Facebook status as “in a relationship with a dishwasher”!!)

So that’s what’s going on in my life! Lots of changes, to be sure, but some exciting stuff! I’ll definitely keep you updated. And stay tuned for more nutrition-centered posts… I’ve been learning a ton in my classes and I want to share with you fine folks! :-)

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Breakfast Quinoa Muffins | Well and Full

Breakfast Quinoa Muffins

These easy breakfast quinoa muffins are the perfect way to start your day! Made with butternut squash, quinoa, and herbs. A can't-miss recipe! Adapted from Amy Chaplin's recipe in At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 12 Muffins


Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Butternut Squash Purée
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp Tamari or Soy Sauce

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Spelt or Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper

Flax Egg

  • 2 Tbs Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk


  • 1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, add the ground flaxseed and almond milk. Stir, then let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • In a bowl, combine all wet ingredients and stir until evenly combined.
  • In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together until evenly combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry, stirring well until everything is mixed, making sure there aren't any clumps.
  • Then, fold in the cooked quiona, reserving a few tablespoons for topping (if desired).
  • Pour the muffin batter into a muffin tin - there should be enough for 12. I used an ice cream scoop to portion mine out. Top with the reserved quinoa, like sprinkles!
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
  • When done, remove from oven and let cool.
  • Muffins are best served with hot coffee or tea.
  • Enjoy!

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– George Bernard Shaw


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  • Reply
    Izzy Bruning
    February 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    These look amazing – I have never tried quinoa muffins before but defiantly will give it a go. x
    Izzy |

    • Reply
      February 23, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Izzy!! :D

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    February 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Moving again?! Ohhhh girl, best of luck! Hopefully this place fits you perfectly and you have a nice comfortable kitchen :) I’m loving these muffins – the squash in there is perfect!

    • Reply
      February 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much Katrina!! <3 <3

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    Julia Mueller
    February 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Holy mackerel, you do have a lot going on, girl..what a year it’s been for you! It sounds like you’re feeling positive about the way life is going, which is the most important thing. It’s awesome you and your ex were able to part ways on such good terms – being able to keep perspective and treating other people well in spite of heightened emotions shows real character. And the new digs? Girl time can be the best, especially when so much is going on. Not to sound cheesy, but if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m always here :D These muffins look powerfully amazing! Have a great weekend, m’dear!

    • Reply
      February 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Julia!! <3 It has been a bit of a whirlwind, but I always try to stay positive, you know? :) I hope you have an amazing weekend too!!

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    Kaylee Gross
    February 24, 2017 at 10:13 am

    You’ve been living dishwasher less?!!!?? How is this possible?!!? My dishwasher and I are basically attached at the hip. I hate doing dishes by hand. NGUH
    So excited to see what’s in store for you! And good luck with the move!

    • Reply
      February 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      It’s been terrible without a dishwasher!! So many dishes every day :( But that will be changing soon and I can’t wait!! Thanks Kaylee!!

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    Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
    February 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    These beautiful muffins are literally popping off the page and begging to eaten! And the flavors are savory too, how unexpected but intriguing. Ahhh good luck with the move, although I’m sure you are getting good at that by now. And the mental adjustment too <3

    • Reply
      February 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Natalie!! And I don’t know how much better I’ve gotten at moving, I still get super worried about all my bowls and plates and props!! ;)

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    February 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    These look amazing, Sarah! I LOVE the quinoa as sprinkles. I’m glad to hear that you’re so positive about everything, that’s awesome. Sending lots of love and good luck with the move <3

    • Reply
      February 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you so much Maya!! <3

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    February 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Whoa, these look awesome! Are they savory muffins? I’ve never seen a recipe like this before (Amy Chaplin is the best!). I make a similar recipe from the Hemsley sisters’ Good + Simple book, but those muffins are plenty sweet:

    Best of luck in this new stage in your life! :D

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      February 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Alex!! And they are savory muffins :) I don’t have the Hemsley sisters’ book but the muffins you made look amazing! :)

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