Anyone for leftover quinoa?

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookie Pizza

This is made with no added fat except for what comes from the nuts. It’s not overly sweet and is soft and chewy. You’re always free to add more sweetener if you like.

Yield: One 12-inch pizza pan
Cook: 12 to 15 minutes

1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup dried dates, softened in hot water
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds, ground (I use my Magic Bullet)
3 tbsp. coconut nectar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 to 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
2 tbsp. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Coconut flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread cashews, almonds, pecans and walnuts on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool.
Lightly grease 12 -inch pizza pan.
Measure dates into a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside for ½ to 1 hour, or until they are soft. Mix ground chia seeds with 4 ½ tbsp. hot water and set aside for about 10 minutes.
Pour nuts into food processor. Process for 5 to 10 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Scrape sides of processor during mixing if necessary.
Drain dates and add to food processor on top of nut butter. Add coconut syrup, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Process until well mixed.
Add flaxseed, buckwheat flour and quinoa. Process until smooth.
Add chia/water mixture. Process just until mixed, using the pulse button on your processor.
Stir in 2 tbsp. chopped pecans and chocolate chips with spatula. Spread mixture in pizza pan. Be patient, it will be very sticky. Sprinkle some coconut flakes across the top if you like. (I used toasted coconut flakes because that is all I could find.)
Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookie is firm but not crusty. It will still be shiny.
Do not try to remove from pan and let cool before cutting.

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookie Pizza

Notes:

  • Maple syrup or honey may be substituted for coconut nectar.
  • Coconut nectar is full of nutrients and is very low on the glycemic index. It is an excellent substitute for maple syrup or honey. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online.

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Time to do some packing

I remember once in the good old days… or maybe it was a few days ago… I used to have a couch to sit on and a rug to step on.

No, we didn’t put them at the side of the road to be picked up by gremlins and we didn’t sell them on Kijiji.

I’ll spell it out for you.  Absence of seating in this house is a sign of F-A-L-L. The cats have “claimed” their cool weather territory. If they had outside friends, I’m sure that they would be texting them to let them know of extra space that has not been filled. As it is, we have not yet received an eviction notice.

It seems that they like someone else to pay the bills while they do the sleeping. Maybe it’s time to do some packing. Just give them a box and they will pack themselves.

Baby Bear in a box

Don’t forget to pack a few bites.

Zucchini Brownie Bites

Yield:  24 brownie bites

Cook: 15 to 17 minutes

1 cup pecans

½ cup walnuts

¼ tsp. salt

2/3 cup dried dates, softened in hot water

1 ½ tbsp. chia seeds, ground (I use my Magic Bullet)

1 to 2 tbsp. coconut nectar

2 tsp. vanilla

5 tbsp. natural cacao powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ cup grated zucchini

¼ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread pecans and walnuts on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden.  Let cool.

Lightly grease 24 mini muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

Measure dates into a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside for ½ to 1 hour, or until they are soft. Mix ground chia seeds with 4 ½ tbsp. hot water and set aside for about 10 minutes.

Pour  1 cup pecans and ½ cup walnuts into food processor. Process for 5 to 10 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Scrape sides of processor during mixing if necessary.

Drain dates and add to food processor on top of pecan/walnut butter. Add salt, cacao, coconut nectar, vanilla and baking soda. Process just until mixed.

Add chia/water mixture and grated zucchini. Process just until mixed, using the pulse button on your processor.

Stir in ¼ cup chopped pecans with spatula and spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out with sticky crumbs.

Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool.

Zucchini Brownie Bites

Notes:

  • If you are able to escape with a few bites, they freeze well and taste good even when slightly frozen.
  • Maple syrup or honey may be substituted for coconut nectar.
  • Coconut nectar is full of nutrients and is very low on the glycemic index.  It is an excellent substitute for maple syrup or honey. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online.
  • Natural or raw cacao powder is high in antioxidants including magnesium. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online. If you wish, you may use regular baking cocoa from your grocery store.

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