Last week I tried making a new quinoa dish for dinner. I love quinoa’s versatility and it’s the perfect grain for meals for families of 2 to 200. Though, in my preparation for the meal, I realized I made about double the amount of quinoa we’d possibly consume in one night. That left me a couple options… freeze it for later? Or get creative?! I put the leftovers in the fridge until I decided what to do.
Luckily, that same week, I happened to hang out with some girlfriends that Friday night. We all brought yummy treats to enjoy. One friend brought no-bake cranberry quinoa cookies. They were so good with a not too sweet flavor and nice soft bite. I had never thought of quinoa cookies before but I just loved them! I knew what I was making with that cooked quinoa in my fridge!
I really, really loved the dried cranberries in my friends cookies, but I didn’t have any on hand. But I always have chocolate chips on hand! I made my own twist on healthy quinoa no-bakes by adding peanut butter to form that perfect peanut butter and chocolate fusion. If you have craisins around, they would be delicious added or as a tasty substitute for the chocolate chips.
Regardless if you have chocolate or dried cranberries, these quinoa cookies can be tweaked to what you have on hand. You can make them as healthy as you’d like! The base for these cookies are probably the healthiest cookies around. We are talking about quinoa, peanut butter and whole wheat flour! I could have easily called these protein power cookies or power workout cookies since they are stocked with so much protein! Plus, all the vitamins and minerals from raw honey and healthy salts are really beneficial. Vegan option and no-bake seals the deal for me! So next time you have leftover quinoa, here’s a healthy sweet recipe for you to make instead of a savory one!
Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies (vegan & raw & gf option)
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons Applesauce
1/4 cup Raw Honey or Agave
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour or Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1 1/2 cups cooked Quinoa (about 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa) OR 1/2 cup soaked Quinoa
1/4-1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, applesauce, honey, vanilla and salt. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Spoon rounded tablespoons of cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Place in the freezer to set, about 20 minutes. Enjoy as a power snack, breakfast or a healthy dessert! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.