Monday, May 7, 2012

Exploring new possibilities with the WonderMill


Recently I reviewed a book titled “Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook” and using a recipe of this cookbook I needed to have some quinoa flour.  Instead of purchasing already grinded quinoa flour, I decided to buy the quinoa and grind it myself with the WonderMill.

Within seconds, the quantity I had purchased was all transformed into flour.


Apparently I had enough to make four recipes of muffins.   While reviewing the book, I made mango muffin using the quinoa flour.   Since I had to do another post for the WonderMill, I decided to do a different kind of muffin still based on the recipe I had taken from the book.

This time, I decided to put chocolate chips and dried cranberries instead of the fruit suggested in the recipe.

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup of softened butter

1 egg

1/2 cup low-fat milk

3/4 cup unbleached white flour (okay I will admit that I only had regular flour)

3/4 cup of quinoa flour (freshly made!)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups of mixed chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.

Beat together the sugar and the butter.


In a separate bowl, beat egg and then add the milk.

Sift together the dry ingredients and add alternating milk and egg mixture with sugar mixture. (Since my sugar mixture was already in the bow of my KitchenAid mixer, I decided to alternate between the liquid and the dry ingredients instead.)


With a spoon, fold in the chocolate chips and the dried cranberries.


Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.


These muffins were delicious and didn’t last long in a family of six people.   One recipe will give you about 12 muffins.   Note that I made a double recipe and even with extras, there are no more of them in our fridge.  The taste was a little bit different than regular chocolate chip muffins due to the quinoa flour we used.   However I know that they are healthier as well. 

The WonderMill is a wonderful tool to have at home to make your own flour.   Some situations might require some families to choose to grind their own grain.  This machine will do an incredible job rapidly and without making too much noise.   The quick result can be used immediately in any kind of recipes you have.   This machine also has three different levels of grinding – for pastry, for bread and coarse.   The fact that you can pick the grinding level makes the WonderMill a machine that is ideal for many recipes.

As I mentioned in a previous post about The WonderMill, finding a place where you can buy the grain is a bit tricky in our area. Though I have found a place that is about 40 minutes from our home, I wish it could be available at Bulk Barn or other health stores.   This time around I was able to purchase the quinoa at BulkBarn which was fabulous as there is one close to home.   However, they don’t carry many different kind of grains.   I wish I could get spelt there but I will have to go to the store close to downtown to try that grain.  

I am definitively impressed with the performance of the machine and hope to be able to use it more in the future. At the store I have found, it is possible to purchase the grains in the 10 lbs bags if needed be.    We are still trying to figure out if it is worth it monetarily to do so. 

The WonderMill is available for purchase at the following vendors in Ontario - BERRY HILL LTD in St. Thomas, Canadian Family Resourses in Newton, Castor River Farm in Metcalfe, Cradlerock Homestead in Desboro, and Quality Marketing in Brantford. The price of the WonderMill is 299.99$ Canadian.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the product for review purposes from WonderMill. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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