These Chocolate Mint Quinoa Cookies are so rich and chewy that no one will guess that they are hiding a superfood. It is the perfect healthier cookie option.
There is nothing in the world that brings me more Pure Joy than spending time with my children. The three of them are so different that it never gets dull.
Alex is a typically “type A” first born. Since birth, his nickname has been “the commander” because, well, that is what he is. Responsible and capable, he’s the kind of kid you never worry about making the wrong choice. He’s also going to hold you accountable for everything. He directs both Christian and Skye every second of the day. (Before Skye came along we used to joke that he needed a toddler to manage.) He happens to be super snuggly, a fact that thrills me to no end since his 10th birthday is this month.
Christian is the one that surprises me. He has a wicked clever sense of humor and comes out with statements that have the entire family laughing all the time. Full of contrast, he’s more aggressive than Alex and but also a daydreamer. It’s easy miss what is going on in his little brain because he isn’t always quick to show you. Then he shocks you with a comment and you realize how brilliant he is.
And then there is Skye - who is the new family commander. She is incredibly sweet and loving but also clear on what she wants. And with four people catering to her every need, there is no doubt that my little princess is going to be a bit spoiled. Every day I get to know her a bit more. But, like Alex said the other day, there is still so much we don’t know about her! I can’t wait to learn what her favorite color is and see her develop her own passions. Right now she is a happy toddler who loves her family and is so much fun!
I’ve been trying to focus this holiday season on spending more unplugged time with the kids. It’s easy to plop down on the couch with them, get amazing snuggles and watch a holiday show that brings back amazing memories. The problem is that with few exceptions, we aren’t actually creating memories when we do this. (It’s not like when I was little and there were so few shows to watch that it was special.)
This week, we’ve spent lots of time in the kitchen. Most recently, we created these amazing Chocolate Mint Quinoa Cookies, made with Sugar In The Raw Organic White®.
You may remember that I’ve been cooking with Sugar In The Raw Organic White® quite a bit this fall. I love knowing that I’m giving my family organic sugar that is free of GMO’s. I’m not sure what they love the most. My undivided attention or the yummy treats we create.
But for me, time together and knowing I’m giving my kids the best = Pure Joy!
If You Like These Chocolate Mint Quinoa Cookies:
Chocolate Mint Quinoa Cookies
Chocolate Mint Quinoa Cookies
- 4 ounces chocolate chips divided
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour blend or all purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg beaten or flax egg
- ½ cup organic sugar
- ¼ cup butter softened (dairy or non-dairy)
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon mint extract
- Mint Drizzle Optional
- ½ cup organic confectioners sugar
- ½ tablespoon milk or almond milk
- ½ teaspoon mint extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- If using a flax egg instead of egg, combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons warm water. Allow to sit and set aside.
- Place 2 ounces of chocolate chips and cooked quinoa into a food processor. Process until smooth.
- Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Stir in quinoa mixture.
- In a separate bowl beat together egg, Sugar In The Raw Organic White® and butter. Add applesauce, vanilla extract and mint extract and whisk until well combined. Stir until just mixed and add in remaining 2 ounces of chocolate chips.
- Drop by the spoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Using a wet spoon, flatten the tops of the cookies. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. If desired, top with mint drizzle.
- Mint Drizzle
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Add additional milk by the teaspoon until desired texture is reached. Drizzle with a spoon onto cooled cookies. Alternatively, place icing in a small plastic bag and cut the corner to create an icing bag.
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