These healthy quinoa cookies are made with cacao nibs, diced dried plums and crunchy pumpkin seeds. They’re a healthy snack that’s completely vegan and gluten free!
Are you guys over Christmas cookies yet? I keep getting to these points where I think I am, and then the universe goes and tests me.
Week 1, 2015: Doing great. Then it’s my birthday. Lava cakes. Thanks mom. Oh, and I have to take the leftover cakes home, because Dad’s doctor said he can’t have them. My doctor didn’t say anything about me not having lava cakes.
Week 2, 2015: Girl Scout Cookies show up at the supermarket. I blog about 6 recipes a week, so I go to the supermarket a lot.
Week 3, 2015: I start sending my husband to the supermarket for me. He’s an even bigger sucker than I am.
Can we reschedule my birthday and the whole Girl Scout Cookie thing until, like December, when I don’t care as much?
Being real though, I’ve found that the best way for me to avoid attacking the birthday cake and peanut butter patties is to have something else on hand. Something healthier, and just a little sweet. These cookies worked. I promise, they did.
When I first made these quinoa cookies, I actually intended for them to be breakfast cookies, but I’ve been snacking on them. They’re great when you want something just a little bit sweet, to take the edge off, as they’re just that, a little bit sweet. Instead of going all chocolate chip cookie, which would be super sweet, I went with the combination of raw cacao nibs (not sweet at all) and dried plums (a.k.a., prunes), which are just a little sweet, and perfect to balance out the raw chocolate.
Sunsweet® sent me a bag of Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes for this post. It had been a while since I ate prunes, but these suckers were really delicious. I almost ate them all from the bag, but I had to stop myself because I really wanted to make this recipe. I also really like that they’re high in fiber and have a lower glycemic index than lots of other dried fruits.
Maybe it’s not your birthday month, and maybe you don’t have Girl Scout Cookies coming at you from every direction, but I’m sure you’ve got some force testing your 2015 will to eat healthy. Whatever that may be, I’m betting you’ll find a little healthy sweetness is your best friend.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Cacao Nib + Dried Plum Quinoa Cookies
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1 overripe banana mashed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats divided
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup pepitas
Rinse quinoa well under cold running water.
Place water in small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa and lower heat. Cover and allow to simmer until all liquid is absorbed, 20 minutes. Allow to sit, covered, for another 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
Sitr banana, coconut oil and maple syrup together in a medium bowl.
Place 1 cup oats in food processor and grind to a powder. Add cooked quinoa, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Pulse a few times to mix. Transfer to bowl with banana mixture. Stir just unilt blended. Fold in prunes, cacao nibs and pepitas.
Drop by rounded 2 tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon.
Bake 10 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to cooling racks and allow to cool completely. Store in airtight container or bag.