Quinoa Recipes for Kids
Quinoa recipes for kids seem to be a little hard to come by, but they really shouldn’t be. Just because it happens to be one of the healthiest foods in the world doesn’t mean you have to tell your kids, does it?
It seems like everyone has gone crazy for quinoa lately, but you may not even know what it is. Quinoa is a seed that behaves a lot like a grain, and in fact is usually categorized as a grain. It has huge health value in its high ORAC score (antioxidant scale), high protein and fiber content, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial properties, and many more positive traits. It can be prepared in so many different ways, you’ll never run out of new ways to fix quinoa for you & your family.
It started with the Incas about 4000-5000 years ago. They discovered that it was edible, and then soon found out that quinoa nutrition was very valuable to them as a culture. They even recorded that it gave their warriors greater stamina!
Quinoa Nutritional Value
Even so, most of us never heard of quinoa until the past few years. As more & more people turn to gluten-free and vegan diets, an amazing find like quinoa is big news! If you’re trying to eat vegan, you’ve probably already learned that it can be quite a challenge to find enough sources for protein to keep your diet healthful. And quinoa happens to be a great source of protein for you!
Now, as we are more & more aware of healthy eating, we naturally want to pass that along to our kids, so they will develop into adults that crave food that’s actually good for them. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
Kid Friendly Quinoa Recipes
So let’s start them off with something that they’ll never suspect is good for them – cookies! Cookies have been a favorite with kids for centuries, and that’s not likely to change anytime in the near future. We might as well load them down with something that will help kids fight asthma, maintain stable blood sugar levels, and avoid obesity! So, here’s one of our quinoa recipes for kids that will have them sneaking back into the kitchen later – and in this case, that’s a good thing!
Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies
1 1/2 cups while whole wheat flour
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds
- Preheat your oven to 375º
- Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
- Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter, both sugars, and honey in a large bowl until light & fluffy, which should take about 3 minutes
- Add eggs and extracts; beat for about 2 minutes, or until pale & fluffy
- Beat in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time
- Stir in quinoa, cranberries, oats, and almonds
- Spoon the dough into 2-tbsp portions onto cookie sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart
- Bake until golden-brown, about 12-15 minutes
- Transfer cookies to wire rack & allow to cool
You can store these cookies in an airtight container for only 1 day, but they’ll keep for a month in the freezer.
Your kids are going to go crazy for these healthy treats; just don’t tell them they’re healthy! And if you don’t have kids… well, hey, more cookies for you! Just because these are officially quinoa recipes for kids doesn’t mean you have to be a kid to love them! This may be the all-time best way to cook quinoa you’ll ever run across, so give it a try – and feel great about your cookie obsession!