On the coldest day in 20 years .. a high temp of -10 .. local schools had been cancelled .. flights delayed across the midwest
A smart, professional woman journeyed out for ..
I'm forever amazed at the power of a craving
Our local co-op has a small area .. where they sell cookies
The thing about it is .. they're ok cookies .. not the best I've ever had if I did a strict side-by-side .. but somehow .. somewhere .. for me .. they began to take on a magic all their own.
Something akin to peanuts in the shell .. if one has them at a stadium football game on a brisk fall afternoon .. there's absolutely nothing like them .. take a bag home & have one on a random Tuesday night .. they're pretty much ‘eh
Chocolate chip utopia began sometime in December .. on a day of great stress .. walking by I thought
“Huh .. a chocolate chip cookie sure would hit the spot about now”
And you know what? IT DID .. it was wonderful .. in that moment.
But then it happened .. I chased the feeling .. no better than an addict needing their fix .. forever wanting to replicate their first high .. the next day I thought about the cookie .. justified it in my mind .. and pretty soon I found myself in a habit of stopping
“Your jeans fit fine .. what's a little chocolate chip cookie going to hurt? Even if you have one everyday .. you're good”
The ironic thing is .. none .. not one .. ever tasted as good as the first did that fateful day. But by the time I realized what was happening .. a daily cookie stop had become a habit .. and THAT .. my friend .. is a problem.
You see .. it's not about the cookie ..
It's not our one-offs that define us .. Instead it's the over-reaching habits we establish .. the tape recorders in our heads .. we convince ourselves that no matter the cost .. it's ok to have a feel good in the moment
So as a new 9 week challenge starts at Goals in Motion .. I have the privilege of not only coaching .. but being right along-side .. tightening up my diet .. not that it's terrible per se .. but it's not where I want to be to feel my best
I don't know if back on the bandwagon is the right word .. actually it probably is
All I do know .. is when I'm on my game .. you'd never see me in my car .. outside the co-op on a frigid Iowa day .. talking myself down from getting a cookie. Please .. what has this come to?
Since cookies are on my mind .. I thought it fitting to write this afternoon about an interesting spin on the breakfast cookie .. quinoa the star of the show
To set the stage .. these aren't the delectable dessert type that will woo that special someone .. they won't melt in your mouth like the buttery sweetness of a Tollhouse .. instead they're more ordinary .. though beautiful in the proper context .. a slightly sweet breakfast treat
I admit I was somewhat skeptical when I first came across them .. but with such glowing reviews from Food52 .. I couldn't help but give them a try.
Out of the oven their insides are soft & pillowy .. a mouth feel I wasn't prepared for .. I'd never had anything quite like them. A couple of hours later .. Wow! They were moist & flavorful .. now more cake-like.
Since they're higher on the carb & fat ratio .. if eaten with greek yogurt for breakfast or snack .. you'll come pretty close to a balanced meal (also remember .. quinoa is also considered a complete protein in & of itself .. though you still want to watch your nutrient ratios)
Will they be replacing my favorite chocolate chip cookies .. nope .. those will live in infamy .. but they are a great idea for a healthy & different treat.
ps: The secret to a really good cookie? Let the dough rest 72 hours before baking your cookies .. here
~ Adapted from Food52 .. here
Quinoa Cookies with Coconut and Chocolate Chips
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter at room temp
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar ** or natural cane sugar
- 1/4 cup organic dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 eggs large or XL, at room temp
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup cooked quinoa cooled
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
- Preheat oven to 375° F and line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Cream coconut oil, sugars, and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.
- Mix in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in quinoa, coconut, and chocolate chips.
- Bake until golden & the cookies edges are beginning to firm up, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack.