quinoa and carrot cookies

It seems like a bit of an odd concept using quinoa to make cookies….but…bear with me, I promise it works!!!

Hear is the story…. I have embarked on a gluten free diet and am trying to find wonderful delicious ways to encourage my family also to join me on my adventure.  Upon one of my many, many searches for scrummy gluten free food to cook I came across this little gem, I have tweaked it from the original recipe that I found, mainly because I didn’t have all the ingredients they said I needed and you know what?!  My tweaked version works fabulously!

Now, for those who are quinoa virgins, it is a seed that is almost grain like and is related to the spinach and beet family.  It is considered to be a super food, it is a complete source of protein, is high in magnesium and iron and is naturally gluten free.  It has a slight nutty taste and can taste almost bitter if it is not rinsed well with hot water.

quinoa and carrot cookies

This recipe is fab because it contains some wonderful ingredients…quinoa, pumpkins seeds, linseeds, sunflower and sesame seeds as well as coconut, and uses honey as a natural sweetener! Perfect for a wonderful balanced family snack!

Ingredients

1/3 Cup Quinoa

2 tbs Mixed Seeds

1/2 Cup Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

1/2 Gluten Free Oats

1/2 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 cup Coconut (desiccated)

1 1/2 Cups Grated Carrot

2 Tsp Ginger

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Honey

Baking Paper

The How To’s

Pre-heat oven to around 140°C

1) Firstly, rinse the quinoa well with freshly boiled water (this will take out some of the bitter taste the quinoa may have) then mix the quinoa and the seeds in a food processor until they have been broken down a little (Now, you could and it would probably work better, use a blender instead!)

2) Mix the quinoa, seeds, GF self raising flour, GF oats, salt, cinnamon and coconut into a large bowl

3) In a separate bowl mix hoeny, olive oil, carrots and ginger

4) Combine wet and dry ingredients together

5) Take a small amount of the mixture into the palm of your hand and shape into a round-ish cookie shape and place on baking paper (which is covering your baking tray!)

6) Once you have made all your cookies place into your pre-heated oven for around 15-20 mins

References:

My recipe has been adapted from the following recipe: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Olive-oil-red-quinoa-carrot-cookies_-324280

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