Quinoa is one of the most popular “superfoods” on the market. A grain crop that is grown for its nutritious seeds, quinoa is often mistaken for a grain because of how it is prepared. Quinoa is technically labeled as a pseudo-cereal however, meaning that it is a seed that is prepared and eaten like a grain. This makes quinoa acceptable for those who are gluten-intolerant. Check out our Thai quinoa salad here.
Naturally gluten-free, quinoa is also high in protein, fiber and numerous vitamins and minerals. One of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids, quinoa is considered to be a “complete” protein.
In just one cup of cooked quinoa there is:
- 222 calories
- 39 grams of carbohydrates
- 4 grams of fat
- 9 grams of protein
- 5 grams of fiber
It is also high in magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and other antioxidants.
It might seem weird to put quinoa into chocolate chip cookies but the addition gives these chocolate chip quinoa cookies not only a fun texture, but also a boost of nutrition. Try them today and add a boost of superfood nutrition to your cookies!
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
Makes 3 dozen
- 2 cups oat flour (rolled oats ground into flour)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 eggs, whisked
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together the flour, rolled oats, quinoa, baking soda and sea salt in a large bowl.
- In another bowl, microwave the peanut butter, coconut oil and honey for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
- Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.
- Stir in the chocolate chips until just incorporated.
- Scoop cookies onto baking sheet by tablespoon. Flatten with your hand.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are starting to brown on top.