Double Chocolate and Quinoa Muffins

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These wholesome gluten-free muffins will deliver you double the chocolate taste, with the nourishment of quinoa flour, almond meal and natural yoghurt to sustain you. I like to make mine large, giving you six decent sized muffins, but they will work just as well smaller, giving you a dozen from this recipe.

makes 6 large or 12 medium
what you need
125g butter,
¾ cup (115g) rapadura sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup (100g) almond meal
1 cup (120g) quinoa flour
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
½ cup (125ml) natural yoghurt
100g dark chocolate pieces

what you do
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced) and lightly grease 6 large (160ml) or 12 medium (80ml) muffin tins.
2. Using electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla bean paste and beat to combine. Add the remaining ingredients except the chocolate pieces and mix well.
3. Spoon the mixture evenly into prepared muffin tins. For larger muffins use a ½ cup measure per muffin, for smaller muffins a ¼ cup per muffin. Evenly disperse the dark choc pieces between all muffins, poking them into the top of the batter.
4. Bake large muffins for 30 minutes, or medium muffins for 20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the muffin. Lift out onto a wire rack to cool.

Note: It is doable and worthwhile to make your own almond meal. Process ¾ cup (100g) whole raw almonds to produce the required 1 cup of almond meal. Left over almond meal is best stored in the refrigerator in airtight glass jar.

Storage: To freeze muffins wrap in non-stick baking paper, then place into an airtight snap lock bag with the excess air expelled.

©Jane Grover  
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