My 4.5 year old could probably win a world prize for “World’s Pickiest Eater” so I’m constantly on the prowl for ways to make his beloved junk food less junky and more nutrient dense. I stumbled upon a healthy quinoa cookie recipe over the holidays but felt that it needed a little tweaking to make it go from good to, “OMG, get-in-my-mouth” … you know, the kind of cookie that makes you really wonder if it truly has any nutritious value. The kind of cookie that would fool my picky kid into thinking that I am the world’s most awesome Mom for letting him have cookies for breakfast … six attempts later and I’m ready to share! Practice makes perfect, right?
HEALTHY QUINOA CRANBERRY DOUBLE CHIP DROP COOKIES
1/2 cup dry quinoa
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fasioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Domino light (sugar & stevia blend)
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag (11 oz) of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
1 bag (11 oz) of Ghirardelli classic white baking chips
1 bag (5 oz) Reduced Sugar Craisins
MAKES: 3.5 dozen cookies
PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes per batch
PER COOKIE: approx. 200 calories, 11 g of fat
1. Heat oven to 375. Heat a 2- to 3-quart saute pan over medium heat. Add quinoa. Cook, stirring occasionally, until quinoa pops, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, oats, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and popped quinoa. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter and both sugars until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low, beat in vanilla. Spoon flour mixture into bowl and beat on low just until combined. With a wooden spoon, stir in both kinds of the chips and the craisins. Drop dough onto parchment-covered baking sheets by large spoonfuls (about 3 tbsp) 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes per batch. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.