These healthy Peach Quinoa Muffins are moist and perfect for a summer breakfast! Quinoa and Greek yogurt add an extra dose of protein to the muffins to keep you full longer!
It’s peach season you guys! You may have noticed my excitement if you follow me on Instagram. I was at Whole Foods last week and spotted a display of local Palisade peaches. I was just about to settle on some out of state ones, but they immediately went back on the stand when I saw the Colorado peaches.
I absolutely love buying local produce! I love that I’m supporting farms in my state, that it doesn’t have to travel very far to get in the grocery stores, which also means it didn’t have to be picked so far in advance and theoretically should be fresher.
So here I was with a bunch of juicy peaches and about a million ideas going through my head of what I was going to make with them. If I had my way I’d be sharing peach recipes with you from now until August, but I think you might get sick of me and my peach obsession. However, I will be sharing a few more including one Wednesday! So let’s get this peach party started with the awesome Peach Quinoa Muffins!
The recipe for these muffins is similar to any muffin recipe except that I added cooked quinoa to the batter. Along with adding protein to the muffins it gives them a nice crunch and a little bit of a nutty flavor. If you’re like me and often cook a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week to have on hand for dinner, save a portion to add to your morning muffins, it’s delicious!
Along with the quinoa there is a generous amount of Greek yogurt in the muffins. The Greek yogurt is a substitute for most of the oil that I eliminated as well as helping to keep the peach muffins nice and moist. Since these are peach muffins you better believe I loaded them with peaches! I diced one whole peach and folded it into the muffin batter, then sliced part of another peach and laid the slices on top of the muffin before baking them.
Not only do the peach slices on top let you know what kind of muffin you’re eating, but they make them look a little fancy too! Get out to the store or farmers market and load up on local peaches then make yourself a batch of these Peach Quinoa Muffins!
Peach Quinoa Muffins
Peach Quinoa Muffins
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and prepared according to package instructions
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 peaches, one sliced and one diced
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cook the quinoa according to package instructions then let it cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. In a smaller bowl whisk together the cooked quinoa, milk, yogurt, egg, oil, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until just combined with a rubber spatula. Gently fold in the diced peach. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full with the batter then place a peach slice on top.
- In a small bowl whisk together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the tops of all the muffins.
- Place the muffins in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 18-22 minutes of until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffins on a wire rack before serving.
Since these muffins are lower in fat they may stick to the muffin liners. I found that using parchment paper muffin liners prevented this from happening. If you can't find them you could also lightly spray the muffin liners with cooking spray.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g
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I have some quinoa already cooked and would love to try these muffins! How much cooked quinoa should I use? 1cup? Thanks in advance.
Hi Sue. If you’re using cooked quinoa I would use somewhere between 1 to 1 1/2 cups.
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I’ve actually never used peaches in muffins before – nor have I used quinoa either! Thanks for the inspiration danae – these are two things that I have to try out soon.
Thanks Thalia! I hope you give them a try. They are both great additions to muffins!
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
Well now does;t this just sound amazing! I Love the added quinoa
Thanks Julianne! The quinoa is great for texture and protein in the muffins.
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Danae, I love baking with peaches!!! probably my fave summer fruit to bake with! I love these gorgeous peach quinoa muffins!! Beautiful!
Thank you Alice! Baking with peaches is one of my favorites too. I love how sweet the peaches turn when they’re baked!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
These muffins look so good! Can you make some for me when I go to CO next month??
I’ll make you whatever you would like friend! :-)
Julie | Small Green Kitchen says
Over here in Florida, when it comes to peaches, Georgia peaches are where it’s at! When driving anywhere that requires a drive through Georgia, we see tons of Georgia Peach or Georgia Pecan billboards, shops, roadside stands, etc! So glad we get them here in FL. I’m absolutely loving your peach quinoa muffins, Danae! The slice of peach on top of the muffin is perfect!
Thanks Julie! I wish we had some roadside peach stands AND pecan stands near our house. If we did they’d probably see me so often they’d ask if I wanted a job! ;-)
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
These muffins are GORGEOUS! I am obsessed with peaches! These would be great with my coffee this morning!
Thank you Anna! I’m pretty obsessed with peaches too. I think I’ve made three recipes with them in the last week!
Meg @ With Salt and Wit says
Quinioa muffins?! I love the idea of it and the peaches are pretty much heaven right now. Adding to our weekly menu!
Thanks Meg! You’ll love the quinoa added into the muffins!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I can’t get enough of peaches and peach muffins are my favorite this time of the year. I love that you used quinoa and whole wheat flour. These are the perfect morning treat!
Thanks Ashley! Peaches are definitely high on my list of favorites right now. I stick them in almost everything!
These muffins are irresistible. I would love one with my morning coffee! xo, Catherine
Thank you Catherine! They taste great with a cup of coffee. :-)
I love peaches and quinoa and muffins – spot on for me!!
Thanks Beth! :-)