I love desserts that are healthier. These chewy gluten free, sugar free, date sweetened cookies fit the bill. Sweet potatoes and quinoa are ranked among the world’s healthiest foods, with sweet potatoes having vitamin A, vitamin C, and even have anti-inflammatory properties that can help my osteoarthritis. I’ve talked about quinoa’s health benefits many times before, but I’ll remind you again that this tiny whole grain is a good source of protein, contains high levels of magnesium for a healthy heart, is simple to prepare and easy to digest.
Last week Karina, of Karina’s Kitchen, made Quinoa Pumpkin Cookies. I headed straight to the kitchen. We’ve gotten loads of sweet potatoes in our CSA distributions lately and I even had some sweet potato puree in the refrigerator, which was left over from making these.
So, I made my own sugar-free, rustic version with sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin. Quinoa has become one of my ingredients because the earthy flavor seems to work will with almost anything – and instead of empty calories I can satisfy my sweet tooth with something that’s healthier. Yea, they’re still cookies. But they’re good for you, too.
A note about the brown rice flour: I found finely ground brown rice flour for $12 a bag. I am just too frugal (cheap!) to pay that much. I threw my brown rice flour into my spice grinder and it worked beautifully. No grit at all. I get this brand of brown rice flour through Amazon’s subscribe and save program and love it.
Tomorrow is Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays – come back and link your healthier recipe.
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This post is linked to The Cookie Exchange at Hoosier Homemade.