Hip hip hooray…it’s my birthday today! A poet I am obviously not despite my little rhyming couplet there, but it is my birthday today and I’m now one year away from 30. Birthdays MUST include cake and today I have a healthy cake, well actually a muffin recipe, but we’ll pretend that it’s a cake because it’s my birthday, after all!
At this time of year, my palate seems to prefer fresh fruity flavours instead of the warm spices of winter and autumn. One of my favourite fruity combinations has to be berries with citrus flavours, especially blueberries paired with lemons as it seems to just work so well.
I’m experimenting a lot with quinoa at the moment and it’s a great substitute for so many things, check out my Red Pepper and Feta Quiche With a Cauliflower and Quinoa Crust if you haven’t already. Quinoa flour isn’t something that I’ve worked with before, but I found it very easy to use in this recipe as a substitute for white flour making these muffins grain and gluten-free.
These muffins are not overly sweet, but you could add more sugar if you have more of a sweet tooth. I prefer the subtle sweet flavour because they are great for breakfast when I don’t like super sugary foods with plain yoghurt and fruit and with tea in the afternoon.
Now, there’s a big fat slab of birthday cake with my name on it and I’m off to face plant myself right into it. Happy baking!
Is cake a must on your birthday or are you not fussed?
Am I on my own or do you like the fruit and citrus thing too?