Quinoa Oatmeal raisin cookies stuffed with golden raisins and a dash of coconut oil are melt in mouth delish. Stayed home with my girls yesterday and of course we baked cookies. Oatmeal raisin cookies are popular in my home and this time I thought I would sneak some quinoa in. The first time I used quinoa in a cookie was in my coconut cookie and they tasted pretty good. I regularly use quinoa in my muffins and bread but I think one of the best dishes I have baked quinoa into are these oatmeal raisin quinoa cookies. The texture of cooked quinoa is similar to cooked oatmeal so it blends seamlessly in. No one will even know you’ve added quinoa to it. The end product is a softer cookie with extra nutrition courtesy of the quinoa. I am really happy with these quinoa oatmeal raisin cookies and plan to make them a regular feature in my home. Oops, I did not have eggs so I made a flax egg and now my recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Just mix 1 tsp. ground flaxseed with 3 tsp. water and whisk to get a flax egg. Note: I was on a detox yesterday, but couldn’t resist taking a bite and then eating the whole cookie, so my detox got ruined and postponed! On detox today, but am steering clear of the cookies. I baked these in the NuWave Oven Pro which I was super thrilled to receive from the NuWave folks. I love love this oven, and you can read my review@NuWaveOvenPro” href=”http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2013/01/03/heart-healthy-tandoori-fish-rolled-in-walnuts-baked-in-the-nuwaveovenpro/”> here. It took 10 minutes in the NuWave and they came out super moist and golden brown, but you can bake these for 12 minutes in a conventional oven as well. They are moist, healthy, wholesome and make a great grab and go breakfast. Enjoy them with a glass of milk and drift off into cookie land!
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. Oats are packed with heart healthy fiber and folate. It has also has good amounts of iron and magnesium both essential for health. Raisins are a good source of vitamins and energy and give a hint of natural sweetness to anything they are added to.