Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quinoa-Sunflower Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Love to have this hanging on the fridge as a good reminder…

healthy eating quotes

Quinoa and “greens” are our “healthy” foods for today.  It is something that I always have on hand and stocked in my pantry…I love it!  The rest of the fam, on the other hand, is learning to love it!  I say “learning” because they’re finding that this little super grain will turn up in places they least expect it to be!!  Like these cookies…


Quinoa-Sunflower Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free/vegan)

Yields 2 dozen cookies


1 cup Pamela’s Baking Mix

3/4 cup quinoa flakes

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup Earth Balance

1/2 cup Sunflower butter

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup honey (raw is best!)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, Earth Balance, sunflower butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine together the flour, quinoa flakes and sea salt.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet, beating until well blended.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.  Cool for a couple of minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.FlakeBoxAdding Quinoa Flakes to your baking is a great way to boost up the nutrition of your favorite treat!DSCN3201 Not a lot of ingredients, but this simple cookie packs a whole lot of flavor.

DSCN3203 If you like a cookie that’s soft on the inside with a little crunch on the outside, then you’ll fall head-over-heals for these!

Here are some of my other favorite “quinoa” recipes…

Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Apple Cinnamon Mini Quinoa Muffin Tops

Spanish Quinoa with Black Beans and Avocado

Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna

Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos


We went from “super-grains” to “super-c’s” when I whipped up this Green Monster today!

DSCN3194 In the mix: Amazing Meal (vanilla chai flavor); fresh orange juice, pineapple, mango, plain yogurt, chia seeds, and a few handfuls of spinach!


Amazing Meal is “Amazing!”  Adding this to my smoothies is a great way to get a little extra protein along with an added dose of fruits and veggies


Feel a little under the weather?  This smoothie is packed with lots of vitamin C and is sure to help ward off any little bug that’s come your way!

Happy healthy eating for today!!




  1. Two recipes in one, nice! I just got a BlenTec after a very long wait( been wanting one for AGES!), so I am trying all sorts of smoothies now...and they all taste better with it! I like the quinoa flakes much nutrition in such a tiny little grain! Thanks for sharing with us on AFW, don't forget to link back!

    1. I would love to have a better blender someday! I'm so excited to be sharing recipes on AFW, but I'm new to blogging and am not sure how to "link back."

  2. Hey, go to edit your post, type up a little blurp about"this recipe shared on" or whatever verbiage you choose, then you highlight the party name (Allergy Free Wednesdays)and click 'link' at the top of the post toolbar and then cut and paste the web address of the party! Let me know if you have anymore questions!