I had been looking at recipes for peanut butter granola bars and it seemed a lot were coming up on the blogs I read in Google Reader, but then I remembered quinoa. Quinoa is full of protein! So I tracked down a recipe I had bookmarked for quinoa cookies.
Inspiration366 Days of Pinterest Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
This recipe took me two days to make, the first day I made quinoa in the rice cooker but I had a cold and didn't feel like pulling the rest of the ingredients together, so I stopped there. I had intended to flavor the quinoa in some way, like adding cinnamon to the water, but I ended up forgetting, so it was just plain quinoa.
The second day I mixed up the dough and gave it my own personal touch by adding cinnamon and vanilla. I also skipped the chocolate chips and instead added 2 eggs to hold the dough together.
IngredientsMakes 54 cookies
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- Add 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder.
- Remove the 2 eggs and add 1/2 cup chocolate chips, but in that case you need to melt the chocolate so it helps hold the dough together.
|raw cookie dough, waiting to bake|
|Mixing up dough|
Once the quinoa is done, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Put the quinoa into a large bowl and mix in all of the rest of the ingredients. Scoop them into balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Since they won't spread, feel free to put the dough bits close to each other. I flattened the tops of the cookies to make them less like a half-circle.
|Rack of cookies cooling|
VerdictThese aren't the best, but that's completely my fault. I didn't measure the honey carefully (well, didn't measure it at all, just spooned some in), so they're not really as sweet as I would prefer. Next time I would taste the dough before I add the raw egg to ensure it was to my liking. And I would definitely flavor the quinoa when I cook it to add some depth, maybe cinnamon or vanilla/almond extract. But aside from that, there's something that I love about them, so I continue to eat them.
The cookies are a little bit chewy, but still soft. They're similar to the bananakies (banana oat cookies) I made recently. For the ingredients I used, they're only about 35 calories per cookie, which is quite low. Makes me feel better when I eat them three at a time. *grin*
The peanut butter flavor isn't very pronounced, it's only a hint at peanut butter. If I'm making these mainly for myself, I think in the future I would skip the peanut butter and come up with another flavor combo like apple-cinnamon, using applesauce instead of peanut butter.