Quinoa cookies sweetened with applesauce topped with almond and coconut flakes make a decadent treat ! These all natural quinoa cookies are moist, chunky and melt in mouth delish ! Would you believe they are diabetic friendly ? Of yes they are ! They are Low GI ( Glycemic Index ) quinoa cookies courtesy of protein rich quinoa and the almonds. I am participating in World Diabetes day hosted by Carolyn from “ All Day I Dream About Food“. Diabetes is very close to my heart. I had gestational diabetes with both my babies and having been told by the doctor’s that I will develop diabetes some day. Mildly borderline diabetic is what my Dr called it. Blame it on my strong family history ! Fortunately, being a dietitian I know how to juggle my diet around so my sugars stay steady. I also know how it feels to want a cookie and some treats sometimes. One of the reasons I created a category of ‘ reasonably healthy desserts ” on my blog ! This cookie is a safe treat for diabetics. It is low GI and protein packed and can be substituted for 1 diabetic exchange. If you want a slightly sweeter cookie add some agave nectar or stevia . These are the only safe diabetic sweeteners in my opinion. Agave nectar has calories but it is a Low GI sweetener so deemed safe. I also used a little cinnamon in these quinoa cookies. Cinnamon is a spice that is said to help control blood glucose levels, so what better place to use it than in a diabetic cookie ? It tastes really good ! My kids loved it ! You have to make it, taste and see for yourself !
A note about quinoa
Quinoa is an ancient grain that is becoming hugely popular especially with vegans and those who eat gluten-free. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain and is almost always organic. It is also high in fiber. When cooking quinoa use a proportion of 1 :2 quinoa to water. It swells to four times its size when cooked , so 1/4 cup raw quinoa will give you one cup cooked quinoa.
Nutrition Wise !
Apart from all the goodness in quinoa , this cookie is nutrient dense bursting with healthy fiber courtesy of the oats and the healthy fat from coconut. The combination of complex carbohydrate, protein and healthy fat make this a low GI ( glycemic Index) snack. Great for diabetics and anyone really !
Please stop by Caroline’s blog. She has a nice sweet giveaway !! A beautiful blue KitchenAid Stand Mixer, courtesy of Swerve Sweetener and a lot of great tips for diabetics !! Help celebrate World Diabetes Day and pass the Dream along !!