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These healthy and delicious savoury muffins are from Amy Chaplin’s book, ‘At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen’. The mashed sweet potato in the muffin mix adds a pleasantly moist and sweet background to the onions, herbs and delicate crunch of black quinoa.



Black quinoa

  • 1/4 cup(40g) black quinoa, washed
  • 1 cup(240ml) filtered water
  • 1/4 cup(60ml) filtered water, extra
  • pinch sea salt


  • 2 tbspground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup(60ml) plain soya milk or plain nut milk
  • 1/4 cup(60ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tbsp extra
  • onion, diced
  • 2 tbspchopped sage leaves
  • 2 tspchopped thyme, plus thyme sprigs to garnish
  • 1 tspsea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups(150g) sprouted spelt flour or sprouted wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbspaluminium-free baking powder
  • 1 tspbicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 cup(200g) mashed sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup(180ml) filtered water
  • 2 tspunpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsptamari


Herbed black quinoa muffins

  1. Soak quinoa in 1 cup of filtered water for 12-24 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse quinoa. Place in a small pan, add extra water and salt; bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for 10 minutes; fluff with a fork. Measure out 1/2 cup and set aside. Save remaining couple of tablespoons of quinoa to sprinkle over muffins.
  4. Preheat oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Line a muffin tin with 10 muffin cases.
  5. Place flax seeds and soya milk in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside to thicken while you cook the onion.
  6. Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add sage, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to low and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Sift flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into another medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
  8. Add sweet potato, water, vinegar, tamari and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to the flax-soya milk mixture and whisk until smooth. Add remaining 1/4 olive oil; whisk again and add flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to stir mixture gently until almost combined, then fold in cooked quinoa and onions.
  9. Divide mix between muffin cases, filling them all the way to the top. Garnish each muffin with a thyme sprig and a sprinkle of remaining cooked quinoa.
  10. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven; leave muffins in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.