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Recipe For A Healthy Thyroid – Quinoa Banana Muffins

photoThyroid-loving delicious goodness.  These muffins are everything that a proper thyroid recipe should be: nutritious, yummy, easy to make, stays moist in the fridge so you can make a big batch at once and completely allergen-free.  Because we need our food to be easy!  And yummy!  And healthy!  And easy!  Oh wait, I think I already said that one.  Wink.

While we are on the subject of brain fog (which we are), here is a link to a cartoon I love on the Thyroid Sexy Facebook page.  Cracks me up every time.

Back to the recipe.

Quinoa is the star of the show, of course.  Our gluten-free hero is so good for our thyroids – full of protein, vitamins and minerals.  Check out this post for more info about the benefits of quinoa.  Bananas are high in B6, C, manganese, potassium and fiber.  They also sweeten things up with natural sugars, which is vital for the taste of these muffins that have no added sugar.  Coconut oil is beneficial for thyroid function, as discussed in this article on the Dr. Oz website.  This recipe uses chia seeds instead of eggs.  Chia has loads of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, manganese, phosphorous and protein – all of which are crucial for a healthy body and a happy thyroid.  As a bonus, it also stabilizes blood sugar and may lower cholesterol.  Now that I think about it, chia should probably be the star of future recipes.  If I could just detach from quinoa…

OK, back to the recipe.  For real this time.

Quinoa Banana Muffins

makes 12 servings

nutritional info per serving: 162 calories, 23g carbs, 7g fat, 3g protein, 3g fiber, 7g iron


  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 medium bananas, very ripe
  • 4 T coconut oil
  • 2 T chia seeds, finely ground and combined with 6 T water, stirred until gel forms*
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 t gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t salt
  • stevia, to taste (I like sweet)



  • Preheat the over to 400 degrees
  • Lightly grease a muffin pan with coconut oil
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth batter is formed
  • Pour batter into cups, can be filled to the top
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes.  Muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Enjoy knowing that you are nourishing your thyroid.  Store sealed in the fridge for a week.

*you can substitute 2 eggs for the 2 T chia if you prefer

quinoa banana muffins

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  1. Elaine

    These muffins look amazing – hard to believe healthy can taste good, too! As a side note, the post cracked me up. You wrote the way I think – all over the place at once. I love this site!

    1. Mikelle

      You are the best and I will definitely make you a very special batch of quinoa muffins when I see you in October. Love you!!

  2. Maddy

    These recipes definitely are definitively motivators for me to start cooking. These look so much better and cheaper than the items I can get in the local stores.
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    1. Mikelle

      Thanks Maddy! This recipe is definitely easy. The ingredients are inexpensive, however, the quinoa flour isn’t the cheapest item at the market 🙂 I am sure we could make our own flour to cut down on costs but it’s all about keeping things as easy as possible. Otherwise the muffins just might not even get made! Anyway, I really enjoyed your latest blog post. So open and well-written.

  3. Bethany

    Do you think it would work to substitute rice flour in place of the quinoa flour? I have quinoa flakes but haven’t been able to afford quinoa flour.

    1. Mikelle

      Hi Bethany! I haven’t tried using rice flour instead of quinoa flour. I believe that 7/8 cup brown rice flour is equal to 1 cup quinoa flour. If you try it, let us know how they turn out.

      1. Bethany Goff

        I will try and let you know! Thanks for the equivalent measurement – that’s very helpful! I’m on a low FODMAP diet, plus other restrictions, so am desperately searching for recipes with ingredients I can have, all without breaking my bank account! 🙂

        1. Mikelle

          I understand. I stick to low FODMAP too since I am healing from SIBO. Enjoy the muffins and sending positive vibes for your amazing health 🙂

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