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Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

About these chocolate quinoa cookies.. can we just take a moment to appreciate Quinoa in all of its superfood/super grain glory? I mean, talk about versatile. Reasons I love these cookies include the fact that they tick 2 HUGE boxes – they taste awesome and they are healthy-ish. Hello chocolate quinoa cookies! 

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Ok, I have been away from the site quite a bit and it is nice to know that a lot of you guys have continued to visit the site in my absence. (Warm feeling inside right now!) I appreciate you guys. Really! 

So, as some of you have seen from my social media I was lucky enough to go for Umrah during January. (Umrah – Pilgrimage to Makkah/Madinah). For any Muslim, it is a huge deal. For me, it was a huge deal too. I will tell you why. First off the last time (which was my first time) I went for Umrah, I was young and so overwhelmed by it all. Secondly, when I got married I didn’t have a honeymoon/break/whatever you call it. Instead, I made a deal with my husband that our first break abroad would always be Umrah. So it was a dream come true. The trip was beautiful. I don’t know how else to describe it. It isn’t just the sight of the Kaaba that takes your breath away initially, it is the sounds, the feel of the floor, the smell, the knowledge that we are united and so much more. Isn’t it amazing that this is one place where in a huge crowd of people rushing here, there and everywhere around you, you can stand still and admire the Kaaba and not get caught up in the crowd? 

Also the timing of this trip was perfect. It was at a time when my kids were old enough to understand that mum and dad were going abroad and were OK to be left with family but more then that, it came after a really difficult period in my life. A period where I was at the lowest I have ever been. Defeated, exhausted and Done. The trip came when I had started my journey back to vitality (Alhamdulillah). What better way to start a journey back to optimal health and wellbeing, then by connecting to the Creator and leaving all our worries and woes in his hands? What better way could there be to start healing, then by walking the sacred lands, drinking the Zam Zam and learning about our beautiful pious, strong, inspirational predecessors? I pray that our Umrah was accepted and that we all get to return time and time again. 

Back to the cookies. I do hope you enjoy these cookies. They are super soft and they are a great alternative to a traditional biscuit/cookie.

Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

Ingredients

  • 120g Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa solids or higher)
  • 50g Coconut Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 130g Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 55g Quinoa Flour
  • 1 tbsp Cacao
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (If gluten insolent, check if GF)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/190 degrees C.
  2. Line 2 baking trays with Greaseproof Paper.
  3. Place the oil and chocolate over a pan of simmering water (Ensure the water isn't touching the bowl). Heat until the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Whisk until frothy.
  5. Add the chocolate to the egg mixture and stir in.
  6. Fold in the flour, Cacao and Bicarbonate of Soda.
  7. Add the mixture to the trays a tablespoon at a time. Leave space between cookies as the coconut oil will spread.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes until slightly cracked.
  9. Set aside. They will harden as they cool! Enjoy!
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