Man, I love cookies. . I REALLY love cookies. I wish I could eat them for lunch every day. The world would be a better place if we could all just eat muffins for breakfast, cookies for lunch and zucchini bread for dinner. . . mmmm. Curse that person who discovered that unhealthy eating causes so many health problems. In my attempts to be healthier, but also still enjoy my guilty pleasures I came up with this recipe. I googled ‘quinoa cookies’ and I was surprised to find that there were quite a few recipes. Most of the recipes had obscure ingredients that I would need to go to a health food store to find. Others seemed too complicated to be considered a cookie or they just looked gross. So, I started to combine a few of the recipes and came up with this. I think these turned out great! When Brett got home from work and tried one I think his exact words were, “I guess they’re okay for a healthy cookie.” Totally not what I wanted to hear. I thought that maybe I wouldn’t keep the recipe, or at least not post it. Then my boys ate a dozen cookies and wanted more. So, maybe they’re not for everyone, but I liked them and I’ll keep anything around that’s healthy and my boys want more. I would like to attempt more quinoa cookie recipes, and I’ll share anything else I come up with.
1 cup cooked quinoa ***
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups steel cut oats (blended into a powder)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. allspice
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder OR 1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
(opt)1 cup dried dates
1/2-1 package chocolate chips
***Cooking quinoa: Soak the quinoa in water for at least 15 minutes and then drain. Bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil and then add 1 cup quinoa, stir briefly, turn to a simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Fluff it with a fork and it’s ready for the recipe. (You will only use one cup of the cooked quinoa in this recipe, so you can use the remainder quinoa for something else, like THIS.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine quinoa, applesauce, brown sugar, and almond extract in your mixer. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, allspice. Gradually add dry mixture to the wet mixture and then add all remaining ingredients.
Use a spoon to plop mounds on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.