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Cleaning out the Pantry Cookies

April 16, 2011

More like little balls actually.

More like, cleaning out my cupboard cookies balls.

Cookies just sound better right?

This morning I awoke to a mad army of little ants travelling from some mystery location and converging on a single grain of millet from yesterdays dinner.    Gross.    Time to use up some well-meaning recipe ingredients that just never happened.

A long list of ingredients I know,  but there’s something’s fun about cleaning out your cupboards and creating something at the same time.   I wasn’t sure what would happen.

3 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup of water

1/4 cup honey

1 can light coconut milk (I use light carnation coconut milk)

1 cup of water

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups toasted leftover coconut pulp (or dried coconut)

1 cup coconut flour

3/4 cups oat bran

2 cups wheat bran

1 cup vanilla protein powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

4 cups puffed quinoa (can used puffed rice, amaranth, millet…)

3/4 cup sesame seeds (for rolling cookies in but you can used cocoa powder, coconut, icing sugar….)

Let chia seeds sit in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes.   This forms a gel that is often used in vegan recipes to replace eggs.    After 15 minutes add the chia to a large bowl or a mixer along with next 4 ingredient.   Blend well.

Add all ingredients except puffed quinoa and sesame seeds.  Mix well, it will be thick.   Fold  in puffed quinoa (which can be purchased at any health food store)

Roll into balls (about 3 tbsp each) and coat with the sesame seeds.

Bake at 350 F on  a cookie sheet until they darken and cook through.   My oven took 25 minutes.

These are not sweet at all (which I prefer).  The texture is thick and cake like and I froze the whole batch.  I’ve loved two of them every morning with coffee.

Just dethaw for 30 seconds and shmear one with home-made Honey and cinnamon almond butter and the other with coconut butter.  Perfect for an afternoon snack with a hot coffee or a cold glass of milk.      You could also crumble one of these over some yogurt or cottage cheese.

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