Today when I decided to create a new recipe, I knew exactly what the end result was going to be: Double Chocolate Quinoa Cookies.
The first time I saw quinoa flakes listed in a recipe several years ago, I had no idea what they were. Until that time, I had only ever heard of raw or cooked quinoa. I learned then that quinoa flakes are just quinoa grains that have been rolled flat into very thin flakes. Quinoa flakes make a great instant gluten free breakfast cereal. Just add 1 cup hot water to 1/3 cup quinoa flakes and let them sit for a few minutes to absorb the moisture. Add fresh or dried fruit, almond milk and a splash of maple syrup if you need a touch of sweet.
Quinoa flakes have the same health supporting properties as quinoa grains. They contain all of the essential amino acids, making them a complete protein, and they are gluten free and fibre rich. That makes them a great ingredient for Double Chocolate Quinoa Cookies.
Double Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
I have had such a craving for something sweet this week, especially chocolate. What better way to have chocolate than with Double Chocolate Quinoa Cookies? These cookies are made with a combination of three gluten free flours (almond, brown rice and sorghum); I used quinoa flakes as I would have used rolled oats in a cookie recipe; and the double chocolate deliciousness comes from raw cacao powder and chocolate chips. I usually make my own chocolate chips, but today I added Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. I like Enjoy Life brand because they are free from most common allergens, including wheat, dairy, soy and nuts.
My favorite part of recipe development is taste testing. Even though I knew after the first bite that this Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies recipe was exactly what I was looking for, I had to taste a few more…just to be sure.
For this recipe I only made what I consider a small batch, 2.5 dozen. You can easily double the recipe to share or to have some extras for the freezer.
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- ½ cup chocolate chips or chunks
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Remove any lumps from coconut sugar. Use a mixer to cream together coconut oil and coconut sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat. Add vanilla.
- In a second bowl, sift dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350° oven for 10-12 minutes. Makes 2 dozen cookies.