Monday, October 31, 2011

Postive Affirmation Monday

Viewing each day as a small piece of a journey helps to unburden our mistakes... 

Loving myself heals my life. Healing my life brings me peace....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quinoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (gluten free :)

Everyone once in a while I get that gotta-have-chocolate itch and immediately head towards the kitchen to bake.  So, today I went into my pantry and there staring at me was the bag of quinoa flakes  I bought the other day.  As I stared at the quinoa flakes (p.s BUY the flakes in BULK: cheaper!!)   I wondered if I could use these to make a cookie recipe.....here is the result of my wondering:

 Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup brown rice flower
1/4 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp xantham gum
1 cup organic creamy natural peanut butter (or sun butter if peanut allergy)
1 1/4 cups homemade apple sauce
 2 tsp  organic vanilla
3 tsp pure organic maple syrup
1/4 cup rice milk (or non dairy milk of choice)
1 cup of your favorite vegan chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350
First add the dry ingredients, whisk until incorporated.  Next, add all the wet ingredients.  Mix all the ingredients until well blended.  (If you are the kind of person who likes neat, symmetrical cookies follow the next direction) Shape into golf ball sized balls with the dough.  Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, (or lightly spray with cooking spray).  Using the back of a spoon, press down on the cookie balls making them into disks. OR, if you are like me and like the way they look dropped off a spoon by all means skip the ball stage :)   Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the bottoms and edges are brown.

Make yourself a nice hot cup of tea and enjoy this treat!  They sort of remind me a bit of oatmeal cookies and have a really different but enjoyable flavor.  Let me know what you think!!