Today I bring to you the first recipe of 2016 and, to kick of the new year, today's recipe has a lot of things that I enjoy. I prepared to you these Oat Quinoa Spirulina Cookies that are not too sweet but flavorful, very nutritious and healthy, made without any flour and sweetened only by fruit and....their are green!
Also, these cookies have two special sources of inspiration.
The first one was the first ever recipe that I posted here in the blog on March of last year, a recipe of Quinoa Oat Jam Cookies (recipe here).
The second source of inspiration was the Just GRANOLA - Spirulina & Coconut, one of my creations for the Just GRANOLA Shop and definitely one of my favorites.
These cookies are dense, satiating and very pleasant. Apart from the green color, you won't tell that there is spirulina in them. A great way to launch 2016 recipes!
Oat Quinoa Spirulina Cookies
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes stove + 35 minutes oven
Difficulty Level: Easy
Cost: ~3,50 € (in Portugal)
Nutritional Information (per cookie): 62 Kcal, 2 g protein, 9.7 g carbs, 2 g fat
1/2 cup dried Quinoa (~100 g)
1/2 cup rolled Oats (~60 g)
1 medium ripe Banana
4 Dates, pitted and chopped (raisins or dried figs also work)
1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Shredded Coconut
1 tsp Spirulina
1. Rinse quinoa with abundant water and place it in a small pot. Add 1 + 1/2 cups of water and cooking over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender. Transfer it to a mixing bowl.
2. Pre-heat the oven at 375 F/190 ºC and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Add in the oats, mashed banana, coconut oil, shredded coconut, chopped dates and pumpkin seeds and stir to combine.
4. Add in the spirulina and stir to incorporate.
5. Using a tbsp, make the cookies out of a scoop of dough and make them flat over the baking sheet using your finger tips. Cookies should be about 1/4 inch thick. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until firm at the surface. Remove from the oven and let the cookies to cool down. Serve and keep left overs in a air-tight container.
I hope you enjoy this first recipe of 2016! I wish you a New Year full of health, vitality and lots of energy!