Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
The added sweetener--honey--in this lightly sweet cookie amounts to less than 6 grams per cookie. For a little extra sweetness, dotting a few chocolate chips on top prior to baking will offer an extra hint of decadence in each bite with minimal added sugar.

Yield: 18 large cookies.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (255 grams) creamy almond butter (or nut butter of choice; a combination works well, too*)
  • 1/3 cup (105 grams) honey (use 1/2 cup if you prefer a sweeter cookie)
  • 1 cup (240 grams) mashed overripe banana (about 2 medium)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup (95 grams) old fashioned (rolled) oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup (100 grams) quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup (40 grams) shredded coconut (I use unsweetened but sweetened may be used)
  • 1/4 cup (40 grams) chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional add-ins and toppings: 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (plus more for dotting on top, if desired); 1/2 cup dried cranberries, diced dried apricots, raisins, etc. or a mix of your favorites); additional shredded coconut for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, honey, banana, eggs and vanilla. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a small bowl mix the oats, quinoa flakes, coconut, chia seeds, baking powder and salt. Stir to incorporate. Mix in the chips and/or dried fruit. (Note: if you want fewer chips to go a longer way, add them directly on top of the cookie before baking instead of stirring into the batter.) Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix completely.
  4. For each cookie, scoop 2 rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. I like to use a large ice cream scoop for evenly shaped rounds. Flatten slightly as the cookies will not spread much while baking. Sprinkle with a few chips and/or shredded coconut, if desired.
  5. Bake the cookies on the center rack for 13-15 minutes or until just cooked through the center. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. The cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days or refrigerated for up to a week. The cookies freeze well, too.

Notes

  • *Allowing the nut butter to come to room temperature will make it easier to incorporate the other ingredients without having to heat it. ┬áIf it is cold and very firm and you prefer not to wait, warm it for 15-20 seconds in the microwave or until easy to stir.

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