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October 8, 2020

by Alyssa

Skinny Spiced Coconut Yogurt Quinoa Muffins

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Skinny quinoa muffins made with coconut yogurt and warm spices. They're healthy, filled with fiber, made without eggs, and naturally sweetened.

Skinny Spiced Quinoa Muffins

You know when you just have a craving to bake, but you aren't really sure what to actually make?

I usually go for cookies, but this time I wanted muffins. But I wanted something different. Not the classic blueberry muffins, or even chocolate chip. Something unique and delicious.

So I peeked inside my fridge to see what I could whip up. I had coconut yogurt, applesauce, maple syrup, and ripe bananas on my counter. Another version of skinny quinoa muffins is comin' your way!

Ingredients for Quinoa Muffins

Ingredients for Coconut Yogurt Muffins

Similar to my other muffin recipes, these couldn't be easier to make! We're using many of my standard muffin ingredients including:

  • Flax Egg: my way of making these quinoa muffins vegan, but they work just as well with a chicken egg – here's how to make a a flax egg if you're unfamiliar!
  • Banana: I love the texture and sweetness it adds to these quinoa muffins, but if you're allergic you can do more applesauce
  • Applesauce: an easy way to add fiber, while also a hint of sweetness
  • Coconut Yogurt: one of my favorite ingredients that adds depth of flavor and moisture at the same time
  • Maple Syrup: my #1 preference for sweetness
  • Coconut Sugar: my #2 preference for sweetness 😉
  • Oat Flour: I love the texture and chewiness that oat flour brings to recipes! Here's how to make oat flour at home if you've never tried!
  • Almond Flour: another one of my preferred flours for its nutritional profile, but also the texture it adds!
  • Quinoa Flakes: my quinoa version of oats – they're light and don't affect the flavor at all

And then we're finishing off with: baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt.

How to make Healthy Muffins

Healthy Swaps to Try in Muffins

Muffins are a surprisingly simple thing to make “skinny”. I just subbed out all the oil, eggs, dairy, and gluten and instead packed them with nutritious ingredients without sacrificing the flavor. Woot!

Here are the healthy swaps we made:

  • banana and applesauce for the oil
  • maple syrup and coconut sugar for sweetness
  • oat flour, quinoa flakes and almond flour for our whole grain goodness
  • unsweetened coconut milk yogurt for our “dairy”
  • flax eggs for the eggs

They're also ready in just one bowl, taste delicious and are definitely healthified!

Spiced Coconut Yogurt Muffins with Quinoa

How to Make Vegan & GF Muffins

You're going to love these muffins. You just need one bowl, one pan and about 3o minutes from start to finish.


My first step is always to mash all my wet ingredients together. Once they're smooth(ish), I'll add in my dry ingredients. With your batter all mixed, you can either choose to add some ingredients into the batter or get ready to bake them.


I like to use a 12-cup muffin tin that I line with white paper liners. Fill the liners about 3/4 of the way full, sprinkle them with some quinoa flakes and a bit of extra sugar, and you're ready to go! Pop them in the oven for about 25 mins.


Finally, it's time to dig in!

What to Serve with these Quinoa Muffins

I personally love to serve these muffins slightly warm. From there, the toppings are your choice!

And truly, the list goes on and on!

Vegan Muffins with Vegan Butter on top

Best Way to Store Muffins

There are three ways you can store these muffins:

  • Room temp: keep them on the counter in a sealed container for 1 – 2 days
  • Fridge: they'll keep for at least 3 – 4 days in the fridge in a sealed container
  • Freezer: wrap them up in aluminum foil, place them in a sealed container or bag – they'll last for at least 2 months

Tools I Use to Make Muffins

Muffin tin – this is my favorite muffin tin! It's non-toxic, but also non stick. I have tons of other pans from this brand and I seriously love their quality.

Paper liners – I actually find that not all muffins work in liners, but these ones do! You can also just give the muffin pan a quick spray with cooking spray.

Mixing bowls – I love this set! I keep them nested in my bakeware cabinet and we use them all the time!

Why You'll Love These Vegan Muffins

They're soft and tender, with a slight sweetness and underlying flavor of apples and bananas. But it's the warm spices that round them out and make them cozy and delicious. Plus they're packed with complex carbohydrates and fiber so they won't skyrocket your blood sugar AND they'll help fill you up.

So basically these make for a great grab-n-go breakfast – or afternoon snack. Oh and yes, they taste even better when smeared with a little nut butter. So dang good!

Healthy Vegan Quinoa Muffins

More Amazing Quinoa Muffins to try:

Skinny Spiced Coconut Yogurt Quinoa Muffins

These coconut yogurt muffins are packed with complex carbohydrates and fiber so they won't skyrocket your blood sugar AND they'll help fill you up.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 175kcal
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Spiced Coconut Yogurt Muffins with Quinoa
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  • Heat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  • Combine the flax and water and set aside to gel while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, beat together banana, applesauce, yogurt and syrup (add vanilla extract also, if using). Whisk in flax egg and set aside.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the wet and then stir to thoroughly combine (the batter will be kind of thick, but still stirable and soft).
  • Fill each cup 3/4 of the way full. Add water to the ones that are unused. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with quinoa flakes (and turbinado sugar) if desired. Let rest for 5 minutes before baking.
  • Bake on the center rack for 24 - 26 minutes until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Resist the urge to not break into them; cooling them will allow everything to set properly. If desired, reheat in the toaster oven or in the microwave.



Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. Hi
    What can I used instead of quinoa flakes, i see most of your recipes usees that. Also where can I find Quiona flakes if there is o substitution.
    Thank you Anuja

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  3. Some of your recipes call for quinoa flakes is there something else we can use in it’s place? The flakes are so expensive. I hope I’m leaving this question in the right place
    Thank you,

  4. Good day! Thank you for all you do! Your recipes are delightful!

    A quick question. In your Skinny Spiced Coconut Yogurt Quinoa Muffins recipe, could you suggest a replacement for the banana? Unfortunately I’m very allergic to them but this sound wonderful!

    Thank you so much for your help!


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  7. I was confused by the nutritional information. Would you be able to give information per serving of one muffin? Otherwise, they seem to have way too much fat and sugar for me. Thanks.

  8. I put oats and even the steel oats in coffee grinder to make the flour and also did this with quinoa as no flakes…..quinoa didn’t make flour and may have made muffins a little cruncy but worked fine.

  9. Does anyone have a suggestion on a healthy replacement for apple sauce? I want to make these, but am allergic to apples :\
    Thank you!

    • I’m gluten-free so I haven’t done any baking with spelt – sorry! I would try and google that replacement and see what others have done successfully. I don’t want to recommend something that doesn’t end up working!

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  14. i see this in the recipe prep ( add the flax seed egg) . Is that the flax and water mix that was set aside. Will try these for my DIL as she love healthy muffins and this sounds yummy and easy.
    **i did notice a comment where they used a regular egg. Can egg beater be used in place of flax egg and just add flax seed to batter?

    • Yep, just combine flax and water and let it gel together. You could also use a regular egg and I think it would work fine!

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