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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Quinoa Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies made with quinoa and honey. Naturally sweetened and gluten free, this recipe is the perfect healthy treat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa — plus 1/3 cup (or 2 1/2 cups leftover cooked)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter — (do not use the kind that must be refrigerated or the cookies won’t set properly)
  • 1/4 cup honey — or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup almond meal*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips — use a dairy-free brand such as Enjoy to make these vegan/paleo friendly

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 2/3 cups water and the quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Leaving the pot covered, removed the pan from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork, and set aside.
  2. In another saucepan over low heat, stir together the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt until smooth and the coconut oil melts. Remove from the heat, then stir in the almond meal, coconut, and reserved quinoa until combined. Let the mixture sit off the heat while you line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or a silpat mat.
  3. Once the batter has cooled to near room temperature, stir the chocolate chips into the cookie batter until evenly combined. Scoop the cookies onto the baking sheet by rounded tablespoons, flatten slightly into a cookie shape, then place in the refrigerator or freezer until firm, about 40 minutes.

Recipe Notes

*To make your own almond meal, place a scant 1/3 cup blanched raw almonds in your food processor and pulse until finely ground. Do not over blend or the almonds will eventually turn to almond butter.
If you prefer to substitute additional cooked quinoa for the almond meal, add 1/4 cup additional water and 2 tablespoons additional quinoa to the saucepan in Step 1.
Store leftover cookies in the refrigerator or freezer. I like to enjoy my cookies right out of the refrigerator. They will soften at room temperature but still taste delicious.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Quinoa Cookies, Gluten Free Dessert, Healthy Cookie Recipe

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