High Protein Quinoa Cookies

Making its way into many people’s diets these days is a special, easy-to-digest, gluten-free grain called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa).

High Protein Quinoa CookiesA native to South America, this grain is a powerhouse when it comes to protein:

  • Quinoa 16-20% protein
  • Rice 7.5% protein
  • Millet 9.9% protein
  • Wheat 14% protein

It is also a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids and has a nutritional protein profile similar to milk. Being high in methionine, cystine and lysine makes it the ideal muscle-building post-workout snack.

Here’s one recipe you can enjoy anytime of day, but these cookies are especially good to pack in your gym bag for that much-needed post-workout nutrition:

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup whole grain quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 scoops IsoFlex Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate Powder
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 6 packets of Stevia
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tblsp flax seed oil
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Pam non-stick cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Rinse and drain quinoa. Add the quinoa to 1 ½ cups of boiling water and simmer on a low heat until all the liquid is absorbed. Spread out on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until the quinoa is a light, golden brown. Make sure to fluff the grains with a fork at each 10-minute mark. Set aside to cool.

Spread oats out on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Then add to the quinoa mixture. Allow to cool.

Reduce oven temperature to 300°degrees.

Combine the rest of the dry ingredients (nuts, blueberries, Stevia, IsoFlex protein powder and salt) into the cooled quinoa mixture. Next beat the honey, oil and vanilla into the eggs and add to the quinoa mixture, combining well.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray lightly with Pam. Spoon ¼ cup of the quinoa cookie batter onto the baking sheet and flatten with a fork until it is about ¼ inch thick. Bake for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool on a cookie rack.

Makes 20

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Calories: 161
Protein: 8 g (32 cal)
Fat: 5 g (45 cal)
CHO: 21 g (84)

Originally published @ FITLODE.COM

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