Quinoa Cookies with Coconut & Chocolate Chunks

 

These cookies are the most popular recipe I've ever posted on my blog! The quinoa adds an awesomely nutty, chewy crunch and {healthy} boost of texture to your average cookie. I couldn't get over that chewy crunch! Be sure to plan ahead, the quinoa needs to be cooked and cooled before mixing up the dough. Also, buy yourself a bag of desiccated coconut -- it's totally worth it. I use it in everything (Bob's Redmill is the brand I use). (Side note: these cookies are NOT gluten-free.) http://lovesfoodlovestoeat.blogspot.com/2012/04/quinoa-cookies-with-coconut-chocolate.html This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/almond-cranberry-quinoa-cookies. I've changed it quite a bit, omitting oats, and subbing out the main flavors: fruits and almonds, for chocolate and coconut.

What you will need

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled

1/2 cup dessiccated coconut (unsweetened)

1 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips

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