I was on a mission yesterday to find a cookie that met 2 serious requirements: They had to be healthy, and they had to be something I could make WITH my 22 month old toddler. I found the recipe at shape.com. Yesterday I made the quinoa and stored it in the fridge overnight. Today my little guy and I made the cookies and it was such a great experience! Here is the recipe:
Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies
2 c. quinoa,cooked and cooled (this is about 1 cup dried quinoa)
1/2 c. naturalsalted peanut butter
1/3 c. rawhoney
1 c. rolledoats
1/2 c. dried,unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 c. rawcocoa nibs (I substituted for raisins – didn’t want to risk the caffeine in a toddler 😉
Preheat oven to170 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Line acookie sheet with parchment paper. Flatten tablespoons of the mixture ontoparchment paper and bake for approximately one hour.
I made a few adjustments: I kept the oven at 225F because it seemed like the cookies would never “dry up” and I substituted raisins for cocoa nibs (which are really healthy but contain some caffeine).
Since quinoa is full of protein – and it’s a complete protein, there are no refined flours or sugars in the recipe, and the honey content is minimal (less sugar) and it’s raw (huge health benefits to the immune system) I don’t feel guilty whatsoever giving these cookies to my toddler for snack.
…and in case you are wondering, these cookies definitely passed the yumminess test!