From Quinoa to Cookie


I make birthday cookies for my friends and for a recent one I emailed her with an idea because of dietary concerns.  I know she’s big into quinoa and I looked for (cookie) recipes with quinoa in them.  She was kind enough to send me a link to the cookie (recipe) she would like for her birthday goodies.  They where basically simple chocolate chip cookies, but with a coconut kick.

As I investigated the recipe, it of course called for quinoa flour.  I went to Whole Foods and they had it (I was just talking to them about it, didn’t actually see it but could only fathom the price — just googled it $10-$13).  But then I thought, there has to be a way to make this stuff.  Of course!  This makes it much more fun, and beyond less expensive.  You pay $3-$4 for the quinoa and you’re set.

So, found a great recipe for it on Homemadeadventure. You just take 2 cups of quinoa and put it in a skillet over medium heat.

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Toast it for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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The quinoa will start to make a light popping sound, kind of like popcorn, when the toasting starts. You want this sound for about a minute or two.  Then it gets nice and brown.

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Let it cool then put it in a food processor.

IMG_0410Blend until fine.  I did mine for probably about 8-10 minutes.

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IMG_0412Then baking started!

The recipe was from Ambitious Kitchen and named The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa flour (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled (Trader Joe’s has great stuff)
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In large bowl whisk together quinoa flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. (I always tend to just put this on top of the wet mixture later).

In bowl of an electric mixer beat together melted coconut oil and brown sugar until smooth. Add in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla; beat again for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

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Add in flour; and mix on low speed until just combined. Slowly add in chocolate chips.

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Roll dough into 2″ balls and place on cookie sheet leaving 2″ apart. Love the Silpat mat!  It didn’t say whether you would spray the cookie sheet or not so glad I have it.  Bake 8-11 minutes or until edges just being to turn a golden brown.  If you noticed that your cookies are baking flat, then you may want to chill your dough for 10-20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and let cool at least 5 minutes on baking sheet. The cookies will need to set and will be very fragile at first so you have to be a little patient for the edges to harden a bit before removing them. Once the edges and bottom harden a bit, transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 18-20 cookies.  I got about 2 dozen out of this recipe!

 

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My friend loved the cookies and not sure how many are left.  Very coconut-y and the great chocolate in there.

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