Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins – Guest Post for Vijitha @ Spices and Aroma

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When I moved from Bangalore to California, the one thing I knew I would miss were my friends. I have a bunch of those. Bubbly, cheerful and happy, always there for me, always make me smile and even scolds me when I am wrong. They rocked my life. I feel lucky, really lucky that even though we stay miles apart and we don’t get to talk often, things didn’t change even a bit. We easily start off from where we left, effortlessly.


I also feel extremely blessed to make few such friends here in California, friends I can count on for life. Vijitha, author of the blog Spices and Aroma, is one such friend. I call her Vijji (yeah with a double ‘j’), that’s just me! We like to tease each other, pull each other’s leg, crack silly jokes and when we meet, we yap non-stop for hours with subjects that swing from food to blogging to shopping to life and back to food.


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When she requested me to share a recipe for her readers, the first thing that came in my mind was Quinoa. She likes to eat healthy organic food and her two year son, who I like to call ‘dude’ cause he kind of looks like a dude already, has a savory tooth. That kiddo can eat spice like nobody else. He sips water in between and comes running for another bite. Give him something sweet and he would run away. So, a savory quinoa muffin with greens hidden in it was my first choice and she happily approved it.


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Preparing the muffin batter takes no time but cooking quinoa will take about 15 minutes or so. It’s best to prepare the quinoa in advance, probably the night before. I added spinach and peas but feel free to improvise with your choice of greens or vegetables. I also added feta cheese for a slight tangy taste, though mozzarella or cedar would work great too! These savory muffins are best for busy weekday breakfast; pick a couple every morning as you rush out of the door.   As much as I love a sweet blueberry muffin, I can never resist freshly baked savory muffins. It’s comforting!


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This time, I had the privilege to let the host taste the dish. I baked a batch for Vijji and she loved it, including her husband and her kid. I believe, when a two year old approves anything that has veggies in it, it’s gotta be good!


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Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins – Guest Post for Vijitha @ Spices and Aroma

Yield: 12 to 15 muffins, depending on the size of muffin pan.


  • 1- cup quinoa
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½- teaspoon baking powder
  • 1- teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. In a pan, mix quinoa with 1½ cup water. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer until the water is completely absorbed. This should take about 15 minutes. Once done, take it off heat, cover the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, fluff it with a fork and let it cool to room temperature before you mix it to the muffin batter.
  2. Pre heat the oven to 350F and line the muffin pan with parchment paper or cupcake liners.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs. Then add oil, milk and whisk again.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, salt and mix the cooled cooked quinoa to it.
  5. Now, pour flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix using a wooden spoon. Do not whisk or over mix. Add peas, spinach, zucchini, and feta and give it a mix.
  6. Spoon the batter to prepared muffin pan. Bake it for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked right in the center.


Do not over mix the batter. It will make the muffins rough and dry.
The muffins will stay good for at least a week in an airtight jar. Just heat them in a microwave when you are ready to eat.


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  • Rosa
    May 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Savory breakfasts are the best and those muffins looks interesting! A healthy and delicious morning treat.



  • Shruti
    May 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Looks healthy. Lovely pics as usual. BTW love that wooden spatula/knife!

  • Radhika@JustHomemade
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    May 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Love the idea of savory muffins, Kana..
    The first picture had me at hello!

  • Anna@CCS
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    May 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    This is so beautiful, Kankana! I love the calm light and the styling. And that’s why you are on my list of amazing food photographers 🙂

  • Kate@Diethood
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    May 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Ah those photos!! GORGEOUS!!!
    And delicious!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    What tasty muffins, perfect for a savory breakfast!

  • carey
    May 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Um, wow. These are THE muffins of my dreams!! I’m going to spend the next several hours wondering how it is that I’ve never made or eaten a savory muffin before, especially considering how much I love scones and biscuits filled with savory things. And there’s quinoa in there too! Oh man, I die. (:

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    May 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Savory is my kind of breakfast and these muffins sounds delicious and healthy.

  • Sarah
    May 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    These photos are beautiful. I love the idea of incorporating quinoa into a savoury muffing, that’s so original, but it would work so well. Love this.

  • Nilu A
    Nilu A
    May 7, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Wow! These muffins look delicious and healthy.. I’m a new blogger… Do visit my blog..

  • Charul @ Tadka Masal
    Charul @ Tadka Masal
    May 7, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    They sure do look comforting.. I have never tried making sweet muffins but that can also be because I am very much like ‘dude’. Loved the savory recipe.

  • Karine Keldany
    Karine Keldany
    May 7, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Beautiful photography. Love the colors. Feels very spring. Interesting mix of ingredients. Will give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nusrat Azim
    Nusrat Azim
    May 7, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Stunning photos. Gorgeous muffins. Vibrant colors. Lovely recipe. Two thumbs up !

  • Nami JustOneCookbook
    Nami JustOneCookbook
    May 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Beautiful story of friendship with gorgeous photos and great recipe! This is so you, Kankana. I love this post. Off to Vijitha’s blog now. 🙂

  • vanamala
    May 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Awesome pics…Nice recipe

  • Colette
    May 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Kankana, these look so tasty!

  • Just Cake Girl
    Just Cake Girl
    May 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    This looks so wonderfull!!

  • Niki
    May 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Looks good I like the idea that you put Quinoa in a muffin form your a genius.
    Please checkout my website.

  • Sridevi
    May 8, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    WOW! Lovely pics…yammyyyyy muffins…good recipe:-)

  • Shu'aa
    May 8, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Just stumbled on to your blog, I’ve loved reading your recipes and they have given me a lot of needed inspiration.
    Thank you for all the tips!
    Keep posting,


  • Arch
    May 8, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Beautiful pics…did you make those muffin holders yourself ? The orange juice looks so good with these muffins. I tried savoury muffins with corn, peppers and chillies – I prefer savoury ones too

  • Mallika
    May 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    U have made me hungry. Just up from the bed and yet to brush my teeth and now I am dreaming of these. Should l say beautiful? I am looking for better phrases now!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    May 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    These muffins look wholesome!

  • Mallika
    May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Looks absolutely delicious and I love the fact that you can “hide” veg in it too. Your photos always make me want to eat my laptop!

  • IshitaUnblogged
    May 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Absolutely a different take on Quinoa. Love the fact that there are many veg hiding in the muffins as well. Nice:0

  • Irina @ wandercrush
    Irina @ wandercrush
    May 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    I’ve been obsessed with savoury muffins lately, and this definitely fits the bill! I’ll have to give this a go, maybe with some millet since I don’t have quinoa on hand. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Glad to have found your blog.

  • Sherri@WellFloured
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    June 7, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    I am always looking for new savory muffin ideas, I don’t like too much sweetness in the morning. Love the combination of flavors, and the picture is beautiful!

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