Ever have leftover cooked quinoa which you’d like to use somehow? Try these cookies! They are beautifully crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside with a nutty rich chocolate flavour – divine.

Makes 6 medium or 8 small cookies

You need:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (white, red, black or tricolour)
  • 1/2 cup nut meal/flour (eg. almond, hazelnut or coconut)
  • 1 Tbsp. nut butter (eg. almond or peanut)
  • 1 heaped Tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1 Tbsp sweetener (maple sugar, honey, raw sugar, coconut sugar)
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

To make:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl to create a sticky batter. Taste and add more sweetener if you like. Then using your hands roll batter into balls (using about 1 Tbsp. for each cookie), place on baking paper and press down gently with a fork. Bake for 12-15mins, allow to cool and then keep in an airtight container.

Recommended additions:

  • Dark chocolate or white chocolate
  • Dried fruit
  • Coconut
  • Nuts and/or seeds
  • Fresh berries
  • Other spices such as turmeric, nutmeg, ginger

If you like these you may also like our peanut butter, banana, tahini cacao cookies – these are just as good!

Lara x

Gestational Diabetes –

These cookies are fab. Quinoa is a high fibre and low GI grain so great for those with GDM. If you do have GDM I would suggest a few things – avoid adding any chocolate and if fact these don’t need chocolate as they are perfectly ‘chocolatey’ without. Using 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup is fine and I feel provides enough sweetness. You could also omit the maple syrup and add sugar free choc chips (I’d suggest up to 50g) as this won’t add a lot of sugar to these cookies. (Note: sugar free choc chips are generally not 100% carbohydrate free so they still contain a little carbohydrate, for this reason I’d omit the maple and add in sugar free choc chips instead if you’re a choc lover). You could add coconut or any other nuts/seeds if you like. I would suggest making 8 cookies. If making 8, 1 cookie is a great snack to enjoy in between meals. If you’re unsure of what’s best for you, speak with your Dietitian or reach out to me via email or social media.

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