Autumn Bites: The Magic Quinoa Breakfast Cookie with Healthy Living Market and Café

autumnbitesGetting kids to eat healthy foods like quinoa is easy, right? Yeah, not so much. But don't give up just yet, especially since quinoa is packed with nutrition. A complete protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative, quinoa has twice the protein content of rice or barley, and is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fiber. Now let's get back to just HOW to get kids to eat it...make it a cookie! Shannon from Healthy Living Market is back on Mamatoga with the Magic Quinoa Breakfast Cookie, here to rescue your mornings and help kids enjoy healthy foods that make them feel good! Cookies for breakfast are hard to turn down, and breakfast is such a crucial meal for kids. Studies show that kids who don't eat a good breakfast become tired in school and have shorter attention spans, especially late in the morning. In one study, test scores of children who did not eat breakfast were generally lower than those who had eaten a well-balanced morning meal. Studies also show that breakfast eaters perform much better in their school work and show extra energy in sports and other physical activities. Whip up a batch of these cookies for a great grab and go healthy alternative for those busy mornings where you're scrambling to find sneakers and library books before the bus arrives.

The Magic Quinoa Breakfast Cookie

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup ( 1 stick ) unsalted butter; room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 cup cooked quinoa (be sure to follow the instructions on rinsing the quinoa before cooking to avoid any bitterness, click here for some easy quinoa cooking tips) 1 cup oats 1 cup dried cherries; or other dried fruit 1/2 cup nuts; chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. Separately, cream butter with sugars and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extracts, beating well after each addition. Mix flour mixture into wet mixture about 1/2 cup at a time until barely incorporated. Stir in cooked quinoa, oats, cherries, and nuts until JUST combined. Spoon cookie dough in about 2 Tbsp. portions onto sheet trays, spaced about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown, about 12- 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before eating!

Recipe Adapted From Bon Appetit Magazine; January 2012

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