No Bake Quinoa Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

No Bake Quinoa Cookies Chocolate Peanut Butter and Almond Chocolate THE LOVE OF FOOD BLOG

In three days time I will be hosting a Healthy Eating Workshop with my friend and registered nutritionist Courtney Earle. One of our missions is to make healthy eating easier and more cost-effective for people. Some of the ways to do this are: 1) Buying nutrient dense foods 2) Buying base ingredients (like quinoa) in large quantities, the more you buy, usually the cheaper things are  3) Make a few totally different foods out of these base foods = saves you time! So quinoa is one of the base ingredients that we are using. We are making Quinoa Black Bean Burgers and these Quinoa No Bake Cookies. That way people can make a big batch of quinoa and make a few healthy, delicious, totally different things out of them. These cookies are a healthier version of the classic no-bake cookies, using quinoa instead of oats. Vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugar. YUM.

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Chocolate is probably on my top ten favorite things in life list.. Wait, yup it is. Chocolate is energizing and full of antioxidants. I don't have sweets or dessert often but when I do, I want the good stuff. I want something that is satisfying but leaves me feeling good- not sick and tired. While I don't eat a lot of grains (I'm gluten intolerant and try to eat mostly paleo) I do eat quinoa. Let me explain. Paleo means "eat like a caveman" in other words eat a whole food diet like our caveman ancestors did. This diet was nuts, seeds, meat, seafood, vegetables, and fruit. Foods that are NOT paleo are beans, dairy and grains (like rice, wheat etc). The rational behind this is that we didn't evolve to eat these things and most importantly, that these things are hard to digest and cause inflammation in the body (like bloating and indigestion). While I'm not strict paleo (I occasionally eat beans, dairy and grains) I do think paleo is a very healthy, clean way to eat and I feel great eating 85% Paleo. I find that of all the grains, quinoa gives me the least indigestion, bloating etc. It also makes me feel good. I think it is important to eat foods your body likes and stay away from foods your body doesn't like! Now that's enough of that.

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I wrote about the health properties of quinoa in my Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe (you gotta try it!). Here's what I wrote: Chance are, if you live in North America, you've heard of and even eaten the oh-so-popular super grain Quinoa.  This "seed" originates in the Andes of South America and was touted by the Incas as "chisaya mama," or mother grain. Quinoa is gluten free, low glycemic and has the highest protein content of all conventional grains. One cup contains 15% of the recommended daily intake of iron, 21% of the daily intake of fiber, and is an excellent source of magnesium, iron and copper.  Combine this with the fact that Quinoa cooks incredibly fast (approximately 15mins in boiling water) and it's no surprise that Quinoa is moving up the ranks in popularity. It is a superfood! Get all the health benefits of quinoa AND chocolate with the recipe below :)

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No Bake Quinoa Cookies:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip

Makes 20-25 small cookies | 5 mins prep | 1 hour cook time| Source Coffee & Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (from about 1 cup uncooked quinoa)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter OR almond butter (I did both)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut shredded coconut (if making coconut almond)
  • chocolate chips for topping

Instructions

  1. If you haven't already, make the quinoa according to directions on the bag.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and clear a space in your fridge or freezer for it. Set aside.

  3. Combine coconut oil, maple syrup, and cocoa powder

  4. Stir in peanut butter OR almond butter, vanilla and salt. Mix in quinoa. Add Coconut if you are making coconut almond flavored cookies. Make sure to taste test!

  5. Drop batter in small scoops onto the parchment paper (I find using a 1/4 or 1/3 cup works well) . If desired, top with chocolate chips.

  6. Place trays in fridge or freezer to set, which will take at least an hour. The cookies are ready once they are completely firm. For best results, cut and serve on parchment paper. Store in the fridge.

  7. Share with people you love and enjoy! :)

Gluten Free Cookies No Bake Quinoa Cookies  Chocolate Peanut Butter and Almond Coconut THE LOVE OF FOOD BLOG
Gluten Free Cookies No Bake Quinoa Cookies  Chocolate Peanut Butter and Almond Coconut THE LOVE OF FOOD BLOG
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