Looking to sneak a little nutrition in on your children? Give these Quinoa Raisin Cookies a try! Kids love them and only you will know they are healthy!
With a busy toddler in the house, I’m finding that this years back to school is requiring a lot more planning and preparation on my part. In addition to the boys school work, I’m really trying to focus on their diets. I was pretty easy on myself this summer, and relied on more packaged goods than is normal in our household. (Mostly organic and healthier, but still, packaged.)
I’m working to correct this now.
One thing that all three of them have been enjoying quite a bit is raisins.
Technically I suppose you could argue that raisins come in a package, but you can’t argue with the ingredient list: raisins.
They are fat free and have no cholesterol or added sugar. As an added bonus just 1/4 cup offers 9% of your daily requirements for fiber and potassium and 6% of your daily iron. California Raisins are dried-by-the-sun, and I feel great about the boys having them as during the day or after schools snacks! Since Skye has ALL of her teeth, I feel great about giving them to her too!
I love that they are portable, even in the hot weather and of course they are healthy! Not only that, but according to the USDA they are the most economical dried fruit.
Since we are including cooking in our homeschooling this year, I’ve been letting the boys help me make some great snacks with raisins.
Some other snack ideas with raisins:
- Add them to your banana bread! We made a great Quinoa Raisin Banana Bread last week. I'll be sharing the recipe as soon as I've done some final tweaking
- Make your own trail mix
- Chocolate Raisin Nut Clusters - another fun one we did with popped quinoa.
The boys happily ate all of these and Skye's reaction was "YUM! Yum!"
And they both really love these cookies, which are low in sugar but still delicious, thanks to the natural sweetness of the raisins.
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine almond meal, quinoa flakes, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl combine eggs, almond butter, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well and add to the dry ingredients. Add in raisins.
- Using a tablespoon measure, drop cookies into parchment paper. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.