The idea of quinoa cookies has been on my mind for a while now. I packed lots of good stuff into these ones - quinoa, tahini, flax, brown rice flour, cinnamon - to show you it is possible to make cookies into healthy vegan recipes.
Quinoa is the poster child for a plant-based food with all of the essential amino acids (aka complete protein), and it has lots of other benefits, too.
It's high in folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. The cool thing about whole foods, like quinoa, is that they give your body so much overall benefit - not just the individual nutrients.
Tahini is ground sesame seeds, so very high in calcium, but also fiber. Flax adds more great fiber, plus omega-3 fatty acids. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels, and encourages your digestive system to break down and absorb these yummy cookies.
So these are good cookies for everyone in this house: a mom who's breastfeeding (so baby gets the nutrients indirectly), an active 3-year-old boy, a grandma who's post-menopause, an on-the-go corporate lawyer, a husband who works out a lot, and a nutritionist who just likes a good healthy cookie with her tea :)
I went in experimental-style - with no recipe. This is how I usually make meals, and it works with cookies too. Learning to experiment with a recipe or a dish takes some time and practice (and maybe my online cooking classes), but is so worth it because you can make something so much faster.
Because quinoa is soft and I used some non-dairy milk, these cookies are a soft muffin-top-like texture. Next time, I might try experimenting to get a drier, more crunchy-cookie texture.
Now, as promised, my nephew was allowed a cookie after dinner to give you a review. I was downstairs at the time, and when his mom told him I'd made them, he ran down and said to me, 'This cookie is so good! You made it for me. It tastes good.' No lie, that's a direct quote. Gotta love 3-year-old sentence structure.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Time from start to eating: 35 minutes
Makes 16 cookies
I hope you like my quinoa cookies as much as my nephew does, and have fun trying out some more of my healthy vegan recipes.