No Bake Quinoa Cookies
Here’s a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth! We believe all foods can fit into a balanced diet in moderation, including desserts. Today, we are sharing an easy no-bake cookie recipe that only requires 6 ingredients!
These cookies include a surprise ingredient - quinoa! Quinoa adds some plant-based protein to these snacks. We chose to do chocolate with peanut butter, but feel free to experiment with other nut and seed butters. Some ideas are cashew butter, almond butter and sunflower seed butters. Sunflower seed butter is a great choice because it is nut-free, and therefore safe to bring to schools!
Natural nut butters, such as peanut butter, are good sources of unsaturated fats. Peanut butter provides vitamin E and niacin which have roles in controlling inflammation, preventing tissue damage, and helping cells in energy production and development. When choosing your nut and seed butters, look at the ingredient list to ensure the only ingredients are ground nuts or seeds (for example, the ingredient list on natural peanut butter should read 100% roasted peanuts, without any other additives). Choosing the most unprocessed ingredients allows us to know exactly what is going into the food we make! .
Ingredients (yields 15)
For the cookies
1/8 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup maple syrup (optional)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
Line or spray baking sheet with olive oil
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add coconut oil, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Stir to combine for about a minute.
Remove heated mixture and stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract.
Add in cooked quinoa, mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Cool mixture. Then, divide large tablespoon-scoops onto baking sheet.
Allow cookies to set in the freezer for about 40 minutes or until firm.
Recipe in courtesy of My Daily Declaration
Healthline: Peanut Butter- A Look at the Evidence
Pictures by Rachel Ma.