I did warn you…
But nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Nor were you expecting this particular form of quinoa, I’m sure. Although knowing me… you probably shouldn’t be surprised.
So guess what?!
I found a way to combine QUINOA and PEANUT BUTTER! Just like I told you I would. And guess what else? This also includes CHIA SEEDS! Wheeee! All of my favorite foods, all rolled into one. All we need is goat cheese (ew. no thanks, not in this case. See? I told you I was fickle… goat cheese can’t expect me to be its one and only, there are too many other distractions!). I’ll give you one guess what form this deliciousness comes in…
COOKIEEEEESS! Of course. Lately, would you expect anything else? I thought not. And besides, I was getting concerned about my peanut butter consumption for this week (that jar was looking a tad full, heaven forbid I shouldn’t meet my weekly jar quota)… but I just solved that problem. I should have no problem getting though the rest of this jar by Sunday, when we shop again, since I’m apparently a peanut butter eating machine. I don’t even think I ate this much of it as a kid! Whatever. It’s good for me :) As are these cookies! They’re whole grain, from the oats and quinoa, and they have the added benefits of chia seeds. Plus, they have healthy fats from peanut butter, and unrefined sugar (they’re sweetened with honey). What’s not to love? The tupperware is happy to be full once again.
Peanut Butter Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 12 decent sized cookies. Adapted from here! They’re definitely interesting cookies: not your typical cookie, since you can totally tell you’re eating quinoa. If it doesn’t bother you, go for it! I think they’re good for a change, but the pb-chia ones are still my reigning favorites :]
Preheat the oven to 350, and line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
- 2 cups of cooked quinoa (1/2 c dry, cooked with 1 c water)
- 1/2 c natural peanut butter (I used chunky, of course!)
- 1/4 c honey
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- scant 1/2 tsp salt (my peanut butter is salted already)
- 1/3 c chocolate chippies
Stir together quinoa, peanut butter, and honey in a largeish bowl. Once combined, add in oats, salt, and chia seeds, and mix to combine… getting a bicep workout in the meantime. Once combined, toss in your chocolate chippies. Form into balls and drop onto the cookie sheet. I find that with peanut butter cookies, I have to push the chocolate chips in later, since they don’t want to stick to the dough. Flatten a bit, before they go into the oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes (mine were done at 18), or until golden brown.
These are particularly good when grooving to Paul Simon…