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Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Quinoa breakfast cookies

I’ve written about quinoa before. While I’ve always enjoyed using quinoa flakes, I didn’t always love baking with the flour.  Just too earthy, I thought.

But toasting the quinoa flour first mellows the grassy and sometimes overpowering taste of the flour. In A Tiger in the Kitchen, Cheryl Tan writes about her grandmother toasting tapioca flour for kueh bangkit, a traditional cookie, to get the right texture. To toast in the oven, spread quinoa flour evenly on parchment lined sheets and bake for about an hour at 225 degrees. Let flour cool completely before storing in airtight bags.

These small bites are  like an oatmeal cookie, but with quinoa flakes in place of the oats.  There’s nothing better than a cookie for a well-rounded breakfast!

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Blend together in large bowl:

½ cup ripe banana, mashed

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Combine the following dry ingredients, then add to large bowl:

½ cup toasted quinoa flour

½ cup brown rice flour

¼ cup mesquite flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch ginger and cardamom

Fold in:

1 and ¼ cups quinoa flakes

Let dough chill in fridge for at least an hour. To bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a #40 disher, drop dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Press each cookie once with tines of a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for about 12 minutes. Yield: 20 cookies

Edited to add:  Don’t miss a a delightful variation of this recipe, Spiced Apple Quinoa Cookies, at Family Style Food

Did I mention that it snowed this week in St. Louis? Here’s houseguest Zippy before a morning run.

Still here?  Today’s Let’s Lunch on twitter features small bites.  Take a look at these delicious posts!

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  1. Zippy is adorable! Sigh…I wish I still had a dog. Those cookies look amazing — and I can always get behind the idea of having cookies for breakfast. Thanks for the tip on toasting quinoa flour — I’ve never baked with it before but now I’m definitely trying. xx

  2. Love those two words: Cookie and Breakfast. And, the idea of toasting the quinoa flour is perfection! Also love the banana addition, can’t wait to try.

  3. Hi, I am a fellow Let’s Lunch person, but did not have a chance to do a spring lunch this month. Now I am noshing my way through everyone’s delicious bites.

    Breakfast cookies; you are a girl after my own own. I use quinoa often. Have never thought of toasting it. I can imagine the nice, slightly smoky, and nutty taste it would give the end result. Thanks for sharing these tips, and the recipe!

  4. Great recipe but I would not use canola oil for sure!! perhaps some coconut oil or ot grass feed butter, etc


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