Quinoa Cookies are Seat Belts on the Healthy Eating Wagon

Quinoa cocao 'cookies'2It’s the new year and if you’re like me that means that on January 1st,  you toughened your resolve to eat right. If you’re also like me, a month into the new year and your resolve becomes noticeably weaker. Slowly, sneekily, the idea of cookies starts to crop up. After 30 days of sticking to a healthy eating plan, visions of melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate pecan crumbles, gooey and jammie thumb prints and chewy and spicy ginger molasses temptations begin to float around my peripheral vision like unholy visions of sugary doom. I know that if I don’t somehow curb my sugar craving I’ll fall off the wagon so hard I’ll develop a huge purple cookie-shaped bruise on my backside.

Enter Quinoa ‘Cookies’, my diet salvation. These delicious goodies are not really cookies, per se, but they fill the deep void that a month with very little sweet stuff has excavated. These simple cookies trick your sugar-deprived brain into thinking you’ve just had a treat. Those ravenous cravings are curbed and you’re ready to keep traveling to road to good health sans bruised backend.

These cookies are no bake and don’t boast typical run-of-the-mill texture but they are delicious and satisfying- even your kids will eat them.

Makes 12

1/4 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 c. cooked quinoa (see package for cooking instructions- start with 1 c. uncooked)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt and mix together coconut oil, maple syrup, and cocoa powder.  Bring to a boil and stir for one minute.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Mix in cooked quinoa.

Drop batter in small scoops onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place trays in fridge to set for at least an hour. The cookies are ready once they are completely firm. Store in the fridge and enjoy with a nice hot bevy. (Like homemade Chai Tea)Quinoa Cocao 'cookies'

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