Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins

I am writing this from my hotel room in Chicago….well actually my suite!  I love my job!  This week will be a busy week, so I have a couple lovely bloggers that will be coming over to CafeTerra to share a special treat with you all!  On Wednesday Helene from Masala Herb will be here, and Saturday Ally from Ally’s Kitchen will pop in.  This week is going to be fun!

Since I was able to make these fun muffins in advance, it will be easy to share everything with you today!  Although…..that would rock if I could make these muffins here in my hotel room.  May be better then the continental breakfast….

This quinoa lovin’ – Chobani Greek Yogurt junkie has done it again!  I had left over cooked quinoa,  a few cups of wheat bran left, an over-ripe banana… Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins sounds like the perfect treat to make, right?

The muffins are so moist, packed full of flavor, AND no eggs or butter in the recipe!  I put four of the muffins in the freezer for when I get back home.  I did keep the other muffins in the refrigerator, with the Greek yogurt this food safety lady….well needs to be safety girl!

I used the large muffin pan, and this recipe made nine muffins.  With a regular muffin pan, it may make up to 18 muffins.

Yields 9

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Bran Muffins

Moist muffin, full of flavor, and packed full of protein and calcium in every bite!

15 minsPrep Time

30 minsCook Time

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2 cups wheat bran
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large banana mashed
1 cup hot water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
6 oz container strawberry banana Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup finely chopped strawberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease Muffin pan with cooking spray.

In small bowl - mix together all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Mix chopped strawberries in flour.

In small bowl - mix together wheat bran and hot water.

In medium bowl - mix together mashed banana, brown sugar, sugar, strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt, and cooked quinoa. Mix together flour mixture, wheat bran mixture, and wet mixture.

Spoon mixture into muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven.



I used leftover cooked quinoa for this recipe. If you need to make quinoa, cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup water. You could use any flavor Greek yogurt, and any fruit combination for this recipe, basically use what ever you have in you fridge at the time, or what is in season!


I love bran muffins, but these muffins are sooooo much better!  I really enjoyed the crunch the cooked quinoa offered in every bite.

I have some breaking news to share with you….this is huge too!  Do you remember at the lemon party, when I said I can never get a picture of my sweet puppy Ode’?  WELLLLLL…..I took a picture when she wasn’t looking….SUCCESS!!!

What is your favorite way to eat quinoa?  Have you baked with quinoa yet?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra


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  • I've never baked with quinoa but I've eaten pounds of it in salads.  :) I'm so envious of your time with Helene and Ally.  
    • Quinoa rocks in salads!  You should definitely try in one of your beautiful baked treats next, it is pretty fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I have yet to bake or cook with quinoa yet, but you see my blog..95% fat!  However, your muffins look phenomenal..something I['d love for breakfast a few days a week.  Love tht they're loaded with ingredients.  Love your pup, Ode..gorgeous!  Golad you're having a blast in Chi-Town!
    • WHAT?  You have never baked or cooked with quinoa???? OH GIRL, you are missing out!  Quinoa is really a gorgeous treat, and so versatile! Hugs, Terra
  • Ooh, quinoa in muffins...intriguing!
    • The muffins are soooo yummy! Enjoy! Hugs, Terra
  • Karriann Graf
    What a lovely breakfast you have there. Do you mind if I grab some? ;) "Happy Cooking"
    • I have a couple saved still, you can totally have one! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Wish you had posted this about a week ago Terra!I had leftover Quinoa and was struggling to come up with ideas and ended up having it as a salad!These look awesome and no butter or eggs, now that's something I'm definitely going to buy :)Will be making this very soon my friend :)
    • Awwww, bummer!  You will just have to make more quinoa now:-) Hope you enjoy! Hugs, Terra
  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
    Love strawberries, love bananas, and REALLY love quinoa!! These muffins look delish!
    • I am right with ya!!! Strawberries, bananas and quinoa, what is not to love right? :-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Karen Bechman
    I have never cooked with quinoa before but I guess I need to get on that bandwagon. Looks as though I missed some good things during my absence.  Glad to be back...
    • Glad to have you back Karen!!! Quinoa is so fun and versatile, you will love it:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • These muffins sound delicious!  Nice pic of Ode too!
    • Thank you so much!!! My sweet Ode' said thank you too:-) Hugs, Terra
  • oh wow! i am super envious of your job!!! How cool is that! I would looove to visit Chicago some day :) haha.. btw, great planning skills! Yeah I would definitely bake and photograph in advance too to try avoid disrupting my blog schedule. And that for sure your muffins would taste better than their breakfast!!
    • LOL!!! I am excited to get home now after this long trip in Chicago, and enjoy a leftover muffin:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • EA Stewart
    What a clever use of leftover quinoa Terra! I make more savory dishes with it then sweet, but these muffins look delicious! Ode is adorable!!!! Does he steal muffins like my Harry does??
    • LOL, your dog steals muffins? I love it!!! Ode' is the crazies dog, she doesn't really eat much, and is picky on what she eats.  Which is bizzare, since I rescued her, LOL!  Thank you so much my friend, now go bake a sweet treat with quinoa:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Using left over quinoa is a great idea Terra! :) The muffins look great. Looking forward to reading Helene and Ally's post. 
    • Thank you so much my sweet friend! Hugs, Terra
  • Quinoa in muffins seems like it's very popular.  I'd love to try it one day!  This looks delicious Terra!  Pinned. :-)
    • Thank you so much Nami for sharing this post!  Quinoa is pretty delicious in sweet treat:-) Hugs, Terra
  • What beautiful muffins - soft, fluffy and quinoa seems to be the up and coming ingredient ;) Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    • I was really moist and delicious! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Ahh the doggie looks adorable. reminds me of a dog of ours. Quinoa muffins sounds exotic too me. I know quinoa, in fact we had to cook with it in college time but I hadnt eaten it in years. never thought of using it baked either. thats something I ll have to try out, thanks for the recipe Terra! By the way I am already excited for my upcoming guestpost on your blog. =)
    • You are so sweet Helene!!!! You would love these muffins:-) Sending love and hugs to you! 
  • What a beauty Ode is! These muffins are delightful...what a great use for leftover quina, brilliant!  Hope you are having a great trip, and looking forward to the guest posts :) Hugs!
    • My sweet Ode' said thank you:-)  My trip was long and I am happy to be home:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Oh my goodness, I have all these ingredients right now! I must try making these strawberry banana muffins. Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Glad to know you're having a blast in Chicago! Enjoy, Terra! Hugs!
    • I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:-) I pulled the ones from the freezer tonight, looking forward to breakfast tomorrow:-) Hugs,Terra
  • Terra, I have been looking forward to your quinoa recipe ever since you told me on my blog that you will be sharing a quinoa recipe this week. This recipe sounds wonderful, I like the idea of baking with quinoa.
    • Honestly, I think I like baking with quinoa more:-) Let me know if you bake with it soon:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I have yet to bake with quinoa but this recipe has me convinced! Have a good time in Chicago :-)
    • You will love baking with quinoa I promise:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • I would love to bake with quinoa! it's a lovely idea and it sounds pretty good
    • It really is delicious! Let me know if you try it:-) Hugs, Terra
  • FiSh SzeHui
    i see the goodness in the bran :) strawberry and banana sounds like a pretty good combination there! Latest: Authentic Thai Food outside Thailand! 
    • Bran really is a fantastic fiber source:-) The strawberry banana made the muffin perfect! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra