I took a snow day yesterdaywhich I rarely do. Every time I go to work in the snow I get totally stressed about the drive homeso I decided to be kind to myself.
My ears and throat have been a bit soreso I was happy to have a day at home to drink fluids so my immune system could put up a good fight. Whenever I feel a cold coming onI drink hot water mixed with a drizzle of local maple syrup (agave nectarhoneyor brown rice syrup works too)cayennefresh ginger (I use a garlic press to “juice” the ginger)and the juice from half a lemon. It may be mentalbut I truly think it helpsespecially when I have a sore throat. Speaking of juicing lemonsdo you have one of these?
I bartended in college and suffered from “lemon juice on a small finger cut” way too many times. I absolutely love my lemon juicer.
Anyhow . . . snow flakes weren’t the only flakes my boy played with yesterday.
I bought quinoa flakes at Whole Foods last weekend. I planned to change things up and use them instead of oats for my typical weekday breakfasts. The hubby and I both tried them as such on Mondayand neither of us was thrilled. I like some texture in my oats (love me some steel cut oats)and the quinoa flakes were a bit too reminiscent of the Earth’s Best rice cereal my boy used to feed our dog I fed my boy when he was 6 months old. I probably would have liked them better hotbut I have very limited time on weekday mornings and enjoy slower cooking breakfasts on the weekend. SoI decided their fate would be in baked goods.
Vegan Quinoa Cookies (or Bars)
2 1/2 cups quinoa flakes
¼ cup almond butter
3/4 cup apple juice
¼ cup ground walnuts
1/3 cup raisins
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup chocolate chips (or more )
1-2 tablespoons agave nectar (more if you want a sweeter cookie)
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a mixer. For cookies: spoon scoops of dough onto a baking sheet (this is my boy’s favorite partso you will never see evenly sized cookies on my blog). For bars: press dough into a 9.5 x 11 inch pan.
We made half into cookies and pressed the rest into a loaf pan to make bars. For cookies: bake for 12 minutes. For bars: bake for 20 minutes. I liked the bars better; unfortunately I only took a picture of the cookies. The quinoa flakes worked out really well for baking. They are really thin and worked like flour. And chocolate chips make everything taste better . . .