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What is quinoa? And how do you say that?

Quinoa is pronounced “delicious.”

Actually it’s pronounced KEEN-wa.

You may have heard quinoa referred to as an ancient grain. It’s not really a grain, but a seed. And the tiny seeds are total nutritional rock stars.

From Wikipedia, the (gluten) free encyclopedia

Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods.

Why use quinoa? Can’t you just use gluten free oats in those cookies?

It’s a good idea to vary your diet, don’t you think? Quinoa is interesting. It tastes a bit grassy, but mellows significantly after toasting. When I don’t have time to toast quinoa first before baking, I add dried coconut and mesquite flour to offset the sometimes overly assertive taste.

Are those crop circles on the quinoa cookies?

Ready to bake with quinoa? These breakfast cookies are delicious. And here’s a fudgy vegan brownie recipe.


  1. Your quinoa cookies are now my favorite cookie of yours. They are REALLY delicious! I personally like these better than the oat-based cookies because I can get a little oat-ed out. I could eat these by the dozen. YUM!!!!

  2. Mesquite flour? That sounds amazing.

  3. Little Frankie says:

    OK I’ll bite, how did you get the pattern in the cookies?