Tuesday, September 6

Quinoa Isn't That Gross!

So I’ve always kind of had a prejudice against Quinoa....  I’ve always thought that it stinks and I’ve always thought that it’s gross.  I don’t know why I’ve been against it for so long, but it’s popping up everywhere, so I knew I was eventually going to have to jump on the bandwagon!  Then, a fellow Red Deer Food Blogger - A Running Tale  did a blog about a Quinoa cookbook she had just picked up – I knew I had to try it! Take a read and get converted. So I picked up the book Quinoa 365: The Every Day Superfood and a bag of quinoa at Costco and got to flippin’!  I will still admit, as I flipped thru the book for the first time, I was still not salivating the way I normally do when I look thru cook books or food magazines... it even took me a few days to make the mental commitment to actually try one of the recipes.   Last night, I tried my first recipe, the Healthy Cookie – but of course I had to take a few wee creative changes.  So here ya go, my adaptation of the Healthy Cookie (pg 131 of the book) and I rename them Healthy Craisin Quinoa Cookies:

2/3 cup water
1/3 cup quinoa
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup roasted flax seed
1/2 cup cherry craisins

(bold are the ingredients I added; what I left out was: 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, 1/3 cup flax seeds and 1/3 cup sesame seeds - basically because I didn't have those ingredients!)

Cook the quinoa first: bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn the heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 6 minutes.  Remove from the lid and fluff with a fork.  Set aside to cool.  (just to be straight up here: quinoa, when cooked without any flavour or broth, REEKS - don't be alarmed, I'm told this is normal... it also tastes disgusting when it's unflavoured... again, NORMAL)

Preheat the oven to 350degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter with the brown sugar in a large bowl.  Add the eggs and vanilla to mix.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Add the dry to the wet and stir until well mixed.  Drop 1 1/2 inch dough balls onto the cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a wet spoon (don't get the cookies wet though!)  Bake in the centre of the hot oven for about 11 minutes, until the bottoms are light brown.  Allow to cool on a rack - store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.   Makes exactly 4 dozen.

I gotta say, these cookies are really good!!  They are moist and soft and chewy, they are healthy and they actually taste great!  Must be a magic trick that happens in the oven while they are baking ;)


  1. These cookies look really delicious I'm amazed that the are so healthy. I have a bad habit of eating cookies for breakfast (ya, I know, please don't tell on me)! I'm going to make a big batch of these and see how they do instead of my Nutter Butters!

    Thanks for the friend add!

  2. I've had some quinoa stashed away in the pantry and for months and every other day or so I tell myself, You gotta make something with it."" This is the first thing that's really tempted me!