No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies, need I say more?
I’ve really been on a ROLL with the recipes right now though, haven’t I?? Blame it all on the fact that I’ve had a little extra free time during the community rotation portion of my internship. Having worked in WIC last year, I was able to get some “credit” for half of my community nutrition rotation. Since I don’t have a placement to be at just yet, I’ve been spending my time either working on other internship assignments orrrrr cooking and baking up a STORM in the kitchen to share more awesome recipes with y’all!
I’ve loved that I’ve had the opportunity to engage in some deeper and more constant interaction with so many of y’all over the last month on instagram. It brings me such joy to hear and see that y’all are enjoying what I post and finding ideas that you want to try to recreate on your own – that’s the whole reason I do this! I’d like to tell myself that this is serving as a portion of my community rotation, but I don’t get credit for it at all…I’m simply doing it out of the kindness of my heart, and because I genuinely enjoy creating new content and engaging with y’all — all 22,000 of you crazy people!!!
Seriously, twenty two thousand want to see what I’m eating day in and day out? The thought is actually crazy insane, but extremely humbling. While the growing numbers are motivating and I won’t lie, SO exciting, I still get just as excited knowing that I have positively impacted just one person’s quest to eat healthier. I pray that the Lord continues to use this outlet as a vessel for me to encourage others to nourish their bodies with healthy, wholesome, and delicious foods, and to take care of the temple that the good Lord blessed ’em with!
So, we covered the “22,000” portion of the blog post, but what are those chocolate peanut butter quinoa cookies you’re talking about??? Well. Let me just TELLLLL you about them.
Chewy, chocolatey, crispy, mouthwatering nuggets of scrumptiousness.
Yeah, baaaasically heaven on earth. Did I mention the chocolate + peanut butter combo? Mmmmhm. Yeah. Pretty much the only food combo I love other than avocado and toast.
There are honestly so many great things I could say about this recipe, but I’ll try to limit it to 5.
- These only require 6 ingredients.
- They are NO BAKE.
- You get a boost of plant-based protein and fiber from the quinoa.
- If you don’t like the taste of quinoa, DON’T WORRY, because you can’t taste it!! HA!
- Chocolate and peanut butter. Enough said, honestly.
I can’t take the credit for this recipe, I totally found like 4 versions of it on Pinterest, like here, here, here, aaaaand here. Check ’em out to see the twists that other people put on them, or keep scrolling down to see how I threw mine together!
I ended up going off of the first linked recipe above, but halved the batch because like, I’m feeding a huuuge house of one. I don’t really need 500 cookies sitting in my kitchen, trust me – I do NOT have that self control.
I’ve stored mine in the freezer and LOVE the consistency they have, but they would save well in the fridge for up to a week as well. Good luck letting them last a week though, because if you’re anything like me, they’ll probably be gone in two days.
Feel free to sub in the nut butter of your choice, whether it be peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower, or whatever. I used peanut butter this time around, but almond butter would be delish! I also used tricolor quinoa as it’s what I had on hand, but go crazy with any color…doesn’t matter.
- 1/8 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey (optional)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter (I prefer Crazy Richard's or Trader Joe's)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (or whatever yields from 1/2 cup UNCOOKED quinoa)
- Spray a baking sheet with avocado or olive oil, reserving enough room in the freezer for it to fit.
- Combine coconut oil, honey, and cocoa powder in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and stir to combine ingredients for roughly a minute before removing from heat.
- Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
- Mix in quinoa and stir until completely coated with chocolate mixture.
- Allow batter to cool slightly before dropping large tablespoon-sized scoops onto baking sheet.
- Transfer sheet to freezer and allow to cool for at least 40 minutes until firm.
- I left mine in the freezer, and love the consistency that it gives, however they would also save well in the fridge too.
- This recipe assumes that you already have your quinoa cooked. If that's not the case, throw 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa into a small saucepan with 1 cup water and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes total.
- My batch made 15 cookies total, averaging out to 65 calories a cookie, with 3 g fat, 9 g carbs, 1.3 g protein, and 4.4 g sugar.
Stay sweet, sweet friends!! I’m forever thankful for the constant outpouring of love, support, and encouragement y’all send my way day after day. I go to bed at night thanking God for giving me such a fun, quirky and unexpected way to reach so many people, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you have a hobby or passion that you deeply enjoy, I encourage you to pursue it fervently and wholeheartedly. I’ve found that when you do things from your soul, other people actually really dig it.