Bring the water to a boil, and add the quinoa. Turn the heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Let rest about 5 minutes and then gently stir with a spoon. Set aside.
Grate one cup each of zucchini and carrots. Using paper towels or a dry clean kitchen towel, squeeze the excess water from the veggies. Mash your banana, and measure out your applesauce.
Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl and whisk. Create a giant crater in the center. Add the oil and fruits to this crater. Mix well with the dry ingredients just until combined. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes in lined muffin tins filled 3/4 full. Makes 2 dozen. See notes for substitutions.
Gluten Free: You can sub the all-purpose flour for any measure for measure gluten free flour such as Pillsbury or King Arthur.
Whole Wheat: If you would like to make this with whole wheat, I have found it works best when you do half and half - half all-purpose and half whole wheat (meaning 1 1/4 c of each, to get the total 2 1/2).
Sugar Substitution: If you decide to replace the sugar with maple syrup or honey, you need to REDUCE the amount to 1 C plus 2 T of maple syrup OR honey INSTEAD of the 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
Egg replacement: You can use 4 eggs in this recipe instead of the banana and the applesauce. Alternately, you can sub out one fruit for 2 eggs. Meaning sub out the banana for 2 eggs and/or the applesauce for 2 eggs.