The list of fruits and vegetables beginning with Q is rather slim, so we chose to use qunioa instead. If you are new to quinoa, it is a seed that is cooked and used like a grain. You'll find it in the natural food section of larger grocery stores. Make sure to rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer before cooking to remove the bitter-tasting saponins that coat the seeds.
If you or your young readers have never had quinoa before, what's a better way to try it than in cookies! It adds a nice chewy texture and a high-protein health boost to these delicious fruity treats.
Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Adapted from Bon Appetit, January 2012.
- 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, or 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To cook quinoa: Place 1/3 cup rinsed quinoa in a small saucepan with 2/3 cup water. Bring to a boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover tightly for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat butter, sugars, and honey together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time until just combined.
- Stir in quinoa, oats, cranberries, and almonds.
- Drop batter by 2 tablespoons onto baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Quinoa "Glitter" Project
Visit the Quinoa site and learn how this interesting grain grows (scroll down to the bottom of the page for a picture of a quinoa plant) then get out the crayons and glue and 'grow' some of your own.