Quick Quinoa Corn Muffins

quickquinoacornmuffins11I am a planner by nature, but it always seems like I’m running behind around the holidays.  And this year seems especially bad.

Take for example my new e-book.

I’m quite aware that this should have been released 3 or 4 weeks ago. But for some reason (I blame exhaustion!) I just couldn’t quite get it together.

My husband finally took pity on me and did it for me.  (Before those of you how have purchased it panic, by doing it for me I mean the putting it together part NOT the recipes.)

Another great example is my Thanksgiving posts. You know – those 5 recipes I’ve written and planned on testing and sharing with you this week.

Maybe we will save those babies for Christmas.

Luckily, I did find the time to make these yummy Quick Quinoa Corn Muffins to share with you.

Quinoa Corn Muffins


These are just perfect for those of you who are looking for a last minute Thanksgiving contribution or who forgot to plan on bread for your holiday table. (And now is NOT the time to tell me you’ve got everything covered .  It is just hubby, me & the boys this year and I’m figuring out my holiday menu…tomorrow.  As someone who typically has a holiday notebook of food planning done by Halloween, I’m really not quite sure how to deal with this.)


I whipped them together start to finish in less than 1/2 hour and they smelled so good coming out of the oven I had to eat one before I could photograph it.

Just to make sure the recipe worked.

I ended up adding in and extra 1/4 cup of milk (which is included in the recipe below) when I was making them because I hate corn muffins and bread that is overly dry. If you prefer a dry corn muffin, feel free to reduce the milk by 1/4 cup.

If you’ve been following on Facebook you’ll know why I pretty excited that these have 5 grams of protein per serving.  Not exactly a high protein food, but every little bit adds up! :)

I’m wishing you all a very joyous, delicious and restful Thanksgiving!

Quinoa Corn Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Calories per serving: 159

Fat per serving: 7.2g

Quinoa Corn Muffins


  • 1 3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk or milk of choice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 flax egg OR 1 beaten egg
  • ½ cup gluten free flour blend
  • ½ cup toasted Quinoa Flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal (ensure Gluten Free Cornmealif you are sensitive)
  • ¾ cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese or Vegan Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine milk and lemon juice and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to curdle. Whisk in olive oil and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flours, cornmeal, quinoa, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, parsley, onion, salt and pepper. Make a well in the center and whisk in milk mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in cheese.
  4. Spoon into 12 well greased muffin cups (you may line them to avoid extra oil) and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.


Calories Per Muffin: 159, Fat 7.2g, Carbohydrates 18.9g, Protein 5.1g, Cholesterol 17mg, Sodium 218mg, Fiber 1.6g, Sugars 2.5g

Toasting quinoa flour is optional and simply mellows the flavor. To toast, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the flour to no more than 1/2 inch. Toast for 2 1/2 hours. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



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  • guest mima

    This recipe appeals to my fondness for corn bread. But must I use these 3:
    ½ cup gluten free flour blend
    ½ cup toasted quinoa flour
    1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar

    • Wendy Polisi

      You could use all purpose flour in place of the flours.  I haven't tested it this way but it should work just fine – I would just reduce the milk by 1/4 cup to start with and see what your batter looks like and then add it back if you need it.  Any sweetener would work here too.

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  • Queen of Quinoa

    Love these little muffins Wendy! I recently made some Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins, but I love the idea of adding quinoa. These would be a great addition to our Thanksgiving dinner table. And congrats on your new book :)
    My recent post Chocolate Quinoa Pudding for Easy Eats

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Alyssa! Those pumpkin muffins sound great – I was so surprised this year that both of my super-picky boys love pumpkin pancakes. I'll have to give those a try! When is your book going to be out? So much work to put together – I'd never get it done without the hubby.

  • foodandfeminism

    those look delicious!
    My recent post Thanksgiving meal ideas!

  • Gail

    What is the cost for the cookbooks to be sent to Canada?

    • Wendy Polisi

      I only have one book available in print and since it was published through a publisher I'm not able to sell it directly.  You can get it on Amazon in Canada though.  The other two books are ebooks.  Thanks for your interest!

  • Gail

    I've printed out the recipe, I am anxious to try it… But.. what is toasted quinoa flour? Is that a brand of flour?
    And what is a flax egg.. These ingredients are new to me

    • Wendy Polisi

      Gail – a flax egg is a vegan egg alternative. It is made with 1 Tablespoon of ground flax seeds + 3 tablespoons of warm water. The recipe gives it as an alternative and you may use an egg if you prefer. Toasting the flour is optional and I've included instructions in the notes. I'd originally linked to another post where I talked about toasting the flour but somehow that got messed up. Sorry about that!