Healthy and Yummy Quinoa Cookies

Two Sundays ago I headed up to Los Angeles to visit with my dear friends Paul and David for a fun Academy Awards soiree. I love those guys and it has been quite a while since I last saw them even although we all live in SoCal. (Alas, the Orange Curtain really does exist due to the crazy traffic).

Anyway, I never like to show up empty-handed so I made a batch of chocolate chip quinoa cookies to ensure I could provide both yummy and healthy goodies since both they and their friends are in such good shape.

The cookies were a hit! One of their friends even said I could sell baggies of these at Equinox gym promoting a “quick, delicious protein snack.” Hmmm… literal food for thought.

Regardless, here is the recipe. If someone decides to mass produce these and make a thriving business out of it, let me know. :0

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

• 3 large ripe bananas
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup COOKED quinoa (don’t forget to cook it first)
• 1 cup uncooked oatmeal flakes
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• ½ cup brown sugar

• ½ cup dark chocolate mini chocolate chips (or use carob chips for an even healthier version)
• pinch of sea salt

Directions:

• Preheat your oven to 380°F
• In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork.
• Add pinch of sea salt, vanilla, cooked quinoa, oatmeal flakes, coconut flakes and brown sugar.
• Mix until well combined.
• Stir in chocolate chips.
• Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop batter onto the cooking sheet.
• Bake for 25-30 minutes.
• Remove from oven and let cool.

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The ingredients are simple!

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Don’t forget to line your cookie sheet with parchment paper! This is very important so they don’t stick.

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Cool them on a wire rack. So delish!

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