Crispy Quinoa and Chocolate Chips Cookies

Hey there, Friday again, time for a new post and to think what to bring to Fiesta Friday! πŸ˜‰ By the way, I really loved all your tips that you gave me last week when I admitted to you that I was going through a small creative low lately. It’s not that I am not coming up with any recipes at all (I am trying to post once a week), but they aren’t just pouring into my mind as they used to. Anyways, loved all the ideas that you gave me, and I went to visit a book store right on the weekend, did some browsing on the internet andΒ well, already feels much better. Thanks all you lovelies for the support! πŸ˜‰

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Well,Β another great source of inspiration can be the cooking tips on the packaging of the food we buy! Oh yes, we usually tend to look over that, maybe glance quickly over the nutrition information and ingredients list or so, but that’s usually it, isn’t it. But when I got my quinoa flakes the other day, I had a closer look at the packaging and there was a recipe for quinoa cookies on them. As the recipe was easy enough and required only a few ingredients, I decided to give it a try! πŸ˜‰ I made some modifications,the most important one being that I added some dairy, nut and soy free chocolate chip for extra indulgence – yum!

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These dairy, gluten and refined sugar free cookies contain following Superfood:

    • Quinoa

Crispy Quinoa and Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: ca. 15 cookies
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine (= 1/2 stick) or equivalent amount of neutral vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup crispy almond butter (crispy almond butter contains pieces of almonds, I would definitely recommend you to use something like thatΒ for extra crunchiness, or you can also add a few chopped almonds additionally; lastly, you can also use peanut butter instead of almond butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2Β cup quinoaΒ flour
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used dairy, nut and soy free mini chocolate chips from the “Enjoy life” brand – but you can use actually any other type of chocolate chip)

Preparation

  • Heat the oven to 350Β° F (= 180Β° C)
  • Mix palm sugar, margarine, almond butter and vanilla extract in a bowl until you get a creamy consistency
  • In another bowl, mix quinoa flour, quinoa flakes, baking soda, chocolate chips and salt, then add to the liquid mix, combineΒ well
  • As I felt my mix was a bit dry, I also added 1/4 cup of light coconut milk (or any other milk works too, for example almond milk)
  • Then scoop out tablespoon-sized dough balls and place them about 1 – 2 inch apart on a baking tray, lined with parchment paper
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, the bottom should get slightly brown and the cookie crispy


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These cookies were really delicious, and I loved the crispiness outside andΒ the moist inside, and of course, you can barely go wrong with something that contains chocolate! πŸ˜‰ And they taste great with a glass of milk!

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Have a great weekend! hugs πŸ˜‰

Comments

  1. lapetitecasserole says

    I regret to do not have time enough to leave my comment when you posted… but I had busy weeks… anyway now I’m here to tell you that I can’t wait to see what you’re going to make with the new inspiration… I was already in love with what you,ve cooked so far! Beautiful photos!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much dear Margherita πŸ˜‰ Oh, no worries! I had really busy weeks as well, we have all been there πŸ˜‰ It’s just great to be in touch with you and read your recipes when they come out, I really love them so much!! By the way, I will visit MontrΓ©al the over-next weekend! Soooo excited! Any restaurant tips? Only if you get to it of course! big hug

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much! πŸ˜‰ Wow, I never used cooked quinoa for baking, sounds really interesting too! The flakes are really versatile though, they are also great for vegetarian burger patties. The good thing is they cook super fast. I buy the instant ones.
      Thanks for stopping by! hugs

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much dear! :-) Yes, it was the first time I used the quinoa flakes for baking cookies, usually I make vegetarian burger patties with them. I can really recommend them for cookies though! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. afracooking says

    I am so glad I finally have time to visit my favourite blogs again. Always love visting yours as I know for certain you have something pretty waiting for me :-) Love this one (hihi just noticed I went back to English again :-> )

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear Afra for your lovely visit, always love to hear a comment from you! Hihi, I know, sometimes, it’s so much easier to express some things in English…no worries, whatever you feel like writing!! hugs & have a great week ahead!!

  3. Johnny / Kitschnflavours says

    Those look very moreish! And I must look out for palm sugar and/or jaggery. I’ve never used either of them. And always on the lookout for alternatives to the white poison, as I call it! I do like the occasional sweet morsel (or two) but not when they taste saccharine.

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hey Johnny, thanks a lot! I totally agree, I have banned white, refine sugar from my pantry. It was not easy to find a “neutral” replacement, I found palm sugar to do the best job. Never tried jaggery though, but have heard of it, must search for it sometimes. Have you tried stevia, it’s supposed to be great, but I don’t like the taste…reminds me pretty much of the saccharine you mentioned πŸ˜‰ Although it’s supposed to be natural. thanks for the visit!!

  4. chefjulianna says

    Hey Sylvia, so glad to hear that you have found your inspiration again! Your cookies look delightful and I am going to print it off and give it a go! They look so yummy and as always with your recipes, so healthy! πŸ˜€

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much dear Julianna! Yes, it’s coming back slowly but surely…but of course, with this great supportive community of blogger friends, it’s easy to find inspiration. Thanks for your lovely visit as always & wish you a great week ahead! hugs

  5. saucygander says

    I’ve baked with quinoa flour, but never with quinoa flakes. These cookies sound like they have a great texture, and who can say no to nut butters and choc chips? What a crowd pleasing plate to bring to Fiesta Friday!! πŸ˜€

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much dear Saucy! Yes, quinoa flakes are also a more recent discovery of mine, I have used quinoa flour before. I bought instant ones, they cook really fast and you can also use them for pancakes, vegetarian burger patties, etc. They are very versatile πŸ˜‰ hugs & hope you enjoyed FF as much as I did! πŸ˜‰

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Aw, thank you so much for your sweet comment dear Tabitha πŸ˜‰ I love shooting sweet stuff, because I think I can combine them in some cheesy background, like this one, with all the blue and colorful straws. Thanks so much for stopping by & the continuous support! hugs

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Oh yes Lily!! Chocolate chip over everything, right?? πŸ˜‰ Also, I thought it was really great I found these sort of dairy free ones, not that I am 100% vegan, but I thought I needed to try them and they taste actually really, really good! hugs & thanks for stopping by πŸ˜‰

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much Nancy πŸ˜‰ Yes, quinoa is really great for many things! You just have to make sure to mix them with other strong tasting ingredients, as the nutty taste can sometimes be quite overpowering. In this cookies, they work great as the chocolate taste is very strong and it comes combined with nut butter. Thanks for stopping by & hugs

  6. Ngan R. says

    I love quinoa but have not made anything like this with it (always only salads). I will have to hunt for quinoa flakes and flour next time I’m at the market. These are really adorable and as always, I love how bright and soothing your photos are. They make me want to curl up on the couch and kick up my feet. With a plate of these cookies and milk, of course. :) hugs!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much for your kind comment dear Ngan, you are always so sweet and thoughtful in your comments! πŸ˜‰ I like quinoa also more in savory applications, because they taste quite nutty (the flakes are great to mix into vegetarian burger patties for example), but in the case of the cookies, the chocolate chips taste really strong and it goes well with the nutty taste, lastly also, because they contain almond butter. Hope you’ll have a nice relaxing weekend where you can kick up your feet with some cookies πŸ˜‰ hugs

  7. CakePants says

    These look delicious!! The texture seems much more interesting than that of many cookies. I had trouble even finding quinoa (much less quinoa flakes) in stores near me at first – do you buy quinoa flakes at a specialty store…?

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hey dear, thanks so much! Yes, they are really crispy and dense, and what gives them the extra crunch are also the almond pieces. I found the quinoa flakes here in the supermarket actually. But when I still used to live in Europe, I have never seen them before, I only discovered them here. I believe you could find them at a health food store or maybe an organic supermarket? Do you have something like that where you live? Otherwise, maybe online? Hope you can find some, they are really interesting and also great to make vegetarian burgers. Just make sure to buy instant ones πŸ˜‰ hugs

  8. Darya says

    Oh very nice. I love quinoa flakes, but often don’t know how to use them. I have used them in pancake batter before, and liked it very much. Cookies definitely sounds like a great way, and chocolate chips are definitely NOT optional for me! :)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hi Darya, thanks a lot for your comment πŸ˜‰ Yes, I also used the quinoa flakes in pancakes before, mixed together with some mashed banana. I also tried them as a porridge, but must admit I didn’t like them that much that way, it was very nutty πŸ˜‰ In the cookie, they are perfect, and well, what you will taste most are actually the chocolate chip – which is simply perfect…hahha πŸ˜‰ hugs & have a lovely weekend!

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