Crunchy quinoa cookies

My original chewy chocolate quinoa cookies have turned out to be one of the most popular posts on Including Cake.  This is a little twist on the original recipe with a superfood hemp boost... perfect training snacking... or for anyone looking for a source of wholefood protein boost. I have combined hemp protein with brown rice protein to achieve the best texture (in my opinion) but you could try using your preferred protein powders instead.

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Ok, so if I was to state my preference between these cookies and the originals...maybe the originals would win over a teeny weeny bit in the chewy stakes and because they were more intensely chocolatey ...but these are pretty awesome and hit the spot in terms of nutrition whilst bringing a big smile to my face.  Plus...I love the crunchy little unshelled hemp seeds!

I made a double batch of these and kept a stash in the fridge... they also freeze well too!

Recipe: crunchy quinoa cookies...hemp infused!

Makes approx 10  cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup date syrup (or 3 tabs alternative syrup)
  • Few drops stevia to taste
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup hemp protein*
  • ¼ cup brown rice protein*
  • ¼ hemp seeds (I use unshelled for extra crunch factor)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or extract

*I used hemp protein and brown rice protein as my preferred protein options as they complement each other in texture and I typically like to use hemp wherever possible. Feel free to use your own preferred options.

Method:

Mix all the peanut butter, date syrup, banana and stevia together until smooth. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then add to the wet ingredients until well mixed and a thick paste is formed. Mix in the quinoa until well coated.

Form small balls with your hands and press down onto a lined baking sheet.

Bake at 180C for approx 15 mins. Allow to cool fully.