Protein-Packed Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
You know this ogre.
She has tentacles that go straight into your sweet tooth and carb cravings. You will try to quit after one or two cookies while the monster manipulates your taste buds so that the first cookie—nay, the first bite—creates a powerful urge to keep right on going.
For those of you who can eat a whole bag in one sitting—YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
So I’ve avoided cookies for good reasons. Then I spotted a recipe that had good health and diet potential because of the quinoa which is high in protein and, therefore, stomach-filling. I did some adjusting to give it even more protein and reduce calories, and I kept the sweetness at a low ebb so it wouldn’t arouse the sleeping, but ever vigilant, monster.
My spouse was the first sampler. “It’s good,” he said, “but I thought it would be sweeter. Cookies are usually sweeter.”
See how the food manufacturers have trained our palates?
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 banana, mashed or pureed
- ¼ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup white bean flour
- ¼ cup sweetener (For Weight Watchers: I used Spenda Brown Sugar Blend.)
- 2 tbsps. applesauce, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- Cooking spray
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Drop cookies from a spoon onto a sprayed cookie sheet.
- Cook in a 350° F oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from sheet and cool on racks.
For Weight Watchers: The total point count for this recipe is 14.25. The points per cookie depends on how many you make. I used a soup spoon to drop the cookies and ended up with 21 cookies—hence a value of approximately .75 per cookie.
(Adapted from “Never Let Go Quinoa Cookies” at the Dig Into Books blog.)