Simply Whole Kitchen

July 29, 2012

Quinoa Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}

Quinoa what? Cookies, what? Yes, oh yes.  Unbelievable and delicious with a little lesson for all of us attached.

My older sister was an incredible teacher and resource when I decided to change my diet.  She was already eating the way that I needed to eat and she made it look easy, or so I thought.  But it isn't easy.  It is very much about the food choices we make which can make it easy and I'm still researching and learning new things all the time.

Her newest lesson: everything in moderation.
Unfortunately, this wasn't an easy lesson for her to learn either but one that she now reinforces to me.  She's been eating a whole wheat diet for a little more than 12 years now and because of her focus on eating 100% whole wheat (sound familiar?) she has now developed a wheat allergy and has to stay away from wheat for at least 6 months...whoa....

Yes, she has taught me many lessons about food so these delicious cookies are for her!
Everything in moderation means this: there is nothing wrong with trying to avoid all white starches as I have, but we shouldn't put our focus on 100% whole wheat alone.  There are MANY different flours, grains and ingredients that I can use to make recipes like this one that is white starch free AND wheat free and absolutely delicious!

So the lesson is, go for the 'better for you diet' but as you do make sure you broaden your palate, try new things and expand your recipe box even more.  There is so much more out there that I haven't tried yet and because of my sister's lesson I am SO glad I tried these.

Quinoa Dark Chocolate Cookies {Gluten Free}
2 c brown rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 c stevia brown sugar mix
1 tbsp dark agave nectar
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c cooked (cooled) quinoa
2 c old fashioned oats
1 c 60% (+) dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar blend and dark agave nectar.  Add your eggs and mix to combine.  Add the vegetable oil and mix to combine.  Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown rice flour.  Add the cooked quinoa, oats and mix gently.  Then add the dark chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Using a tablespoon or medium cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 12-14 minute or until slightly browned. Enjoy!


Anonymous Cristen said...

Wow! These look great!! Thanks for posting for me. :)

July 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thank you for the lesson :)

July 29, 2012 at 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Cristen said...

Also, FYI (and for your readers), I tried to eat brand name old fashioned oats the other day, and my allergy symptoms swelled up. Turns out, commercial brand oats are processed in the same place as wheat products, so they usually have gluten in them. I found some gluten free oats at a healthier food store, and when I tried those, no reaction. So weird, and I'm continuing to learn too!!

July 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Wow, these look great! I'm impressed!

July 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

These look amazing! Thank you for sharing! Where do you find Stevia brown sugar mix?

October 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Victoria Cortes said...

Thank you for the well-tested recipe. I am a personal chef and I cater to a ton of special diets. I knew when I saw your photos that your recipe had to be good, then I looked at the ingredients and it was just what I was looking for. They turned out amazing. I shaped the second batch to form standard cookies- by flattening them and evening out the edges.

October 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM  

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