Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies – Part 2….{AND I Met Rachael Ray!!!}

Is the month of December crazy busy for you too?  I feel like it is hard to enjoy all the lovely things about the holiday with my insane work schedule.  Soooooo, of course I am gearing up for my two four day weekends coming up, WOO HOO!  I plan to make the sweet treats I promised family and friends…better late than never right?

Now this post says part two,  but did you enjoy part one yet?  Just in case you missed part one post, here is the link for the Biscoff cookie crumble, white chocolate, pomegranate craisin quinoa cookies!  The cookies are full of flavor, delicious, and well “kinda healthy!”

Before I share the recipe, I thought I would share my AWESOME news!  So my hubby works in television, he works for one of the local television stations here in Charlotte.  The other day….this is how I remember our conversation going….

Hubby – “So guess who I get to meet?”

Me – “Who?”

Hubby hands me his phone, and the email he had just received….

Me – “Oh no, no, no….I have to meet her, you must find a way to let me meet her!”

Hubby – “I will see what I can do…”

Well I can honestly say this determined girl got her way, and truly did SQUEEEE with delight!

I am a huge fan of Rachael Ray, and have been for a very long time!  I believe when I started watching Food Network, Rachael Ray was my most favorite show to watch.  I love 30-minute meals, and also her show $40 dollars a day.  I honestly miss her show being on all the time, and get excited when I find an episode when I am home relaxing.

She always seemed like the nicest person.  Now I can confirm, she really is the nicest person, and so happy!  AND I may or may not have also acquired her new cookbook/cocktail book….you will find out soon enough I promise!

Now for another version to the ever famous quinoa cookies.  I say famous because Alison Sweeney shared my Butterscotch Craisin Quinoa Cookies a few weeks ago!  So this favorite cookie instantly turned famous in my eyes!  Since you all are chocolate lovers out there, we needed a chocolate version of the quinoa cookie!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

A "kinda healthy" cookie with chocolatey peanut butter happiness in every bite!

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup oats
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almond milk + 2 Tbsp
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1 cup peanut butter chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Quinoa should be rinsed before cooked/eaten. In strainer, rinse quinoa well. Place quinoa on a towel or cheese cloth, and squeeze out excess water from rinsed quinoa.

In blender, add oats and rinsed uncooked quinoa and blend together. Sit aside.

In medium bowl, add canola oil, brown sugar, vanilla, and almond milk, mix well.

In small bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sifted cocoa.

Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, next add the mixed quinoa and oats, and finally add the peanut butter chips.

Use a tablespoon for each cookie, you can make them bigger or smaller if you choose. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The recipe makes about 40 cookies depending on size of cookie.



Next post includes a bit of booze, you know how much I love baking/cooking with booze!  I hope you are all having fun with your Christmas baking/cooking/shopping/wrapping/ and hopefully some relaxing too!

What sweet treats are you making for the holiday season?

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  • kitchenriffs
    So much fun that you got to meet Rachael Ray! Nice of hubby to help set it up. And nice of you to share this terrific cookie recipe! I don't believe I've had a cookie made with quinoa - it's about time, don't you think? ;-) Good stuff - thanks.
  • The Wimpy Vegetarian
    How incredibly exciting!!! And I love the idea of making cookies with quinoa!! Great, great idea.
  • Tony Bailey
    Quinoa in a cookie? Well, I love quinoa...and I love any sort of chocolate cookie....must try this!
    • The quinoa has a fun crunch to the cookie, and the cookie is honestly addicting! Let me know if you try the cookies:-) Thank you so much for stopping by, Take care, Terra
  • How fun that you got to meet Rachael! Love these cookies... I'm a chocolate and PB girl! :)
  • mjskit
    How very cool that you met RR!!! I really enjoyed her $40 a day show. It was entertaining and I did learn a lot from it. Love the picture! These cookies are like a peanut butter patty with quinoa. :) Being new to quinoa, I'm not quite sure how they would be in a cookie, so I guess I'll to find out.Have a great week!
  • Suzanne
    That's awesome Terra that you got to meet her, she is so full of energy how could you not like her. I love her shows too! Cool that your baking with quinoa, I need to try that soon too. xoxox Happy Holidays :)
  • Peanut butter! Chocolate! Protein! Celebrity Chefs?!?!??!?!!? Congrats! and let the positive energy keep-a flowin'! Hugs!
  • Terra, I'm so glad you got to meet Rachael. That must have been an early Christmas present to you from the Cooking Gods - lol... Your cookies look so much healthier than the ones I made over the weekend loaded with buttercream icing!
  • You and Rachel are just adorable!!! I want to pinch both of your cheeks haha. The cookies look amaaaaazing!
  • So fun that you got to meet Rachel. It's nice to have connections. :)
  • You look so happy and adorable in that photo with Rachael Ray! What a treat to meet her! I bet if she tasted these amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa cookies, she'd hire you! You are one creative lady! Kudos to your hubby for bringing you along! I would have made such a stink if my guy didn't lol
    • You are always so kind, thank you so much for all your kind words! Hope you had a lovely holiday season:-) Hugs, Terra
  • EA Stewart
    So happy for you that you got to meet RR! Can you believe I haven't baked any treats yet this holiday season? I just got back from hiking the Grand Canyon, so now it's time to focus on holiday baking. I am definitely going to try making a gluten-free version of these cookies-oh, my, yum!!! Sending happy holiday hugs your way :-)
    • Hiking the Grand Canyon? I always just went to view it, the hike seemed so intense to me. But I bet the hike was beyond amazing:-) These cookies should be easy to make gluten free I bet:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • How cool and exciting to have met her! I must bake these quinoa cookies! They look so wonderful.
  • I'm so happy for you, Terra! How exciting!!! And I'm so glad you shared a chocolate pb version of your quinoa cookies...yum, yum (or should I say YUMMO??!)
  • Hotly Spiced
    You sound as busy as me! I have my last day of work today and then I'll be able to get myself organised - I hope! There's only a few days left! I'm sorry but I don't know Rachael Ray. I'm not sure if her TV shows have made it to our shores xx
    • It has been nice to relax this last week, I needed it. I hope you enjoyed your holidays with your family! Rachael Ray is not a chef, but she became a major food icon here in the states. She has several cookbooks, and has had several shows on the Food Network here. She is known for her popular show 30 minute meals, I love that show! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    I saw this photo of you and Rachel Ray on Facebook and couldn't be happier for you! And these cookies are just out of this world. I didn't realize you could use quinoa for cookies. My son would love this. Must bake it soon. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the sweet blog visit. Merry Christmas, Terra and may the New Year bring you many good things. Hugs :-)
    • Let me know what you and your son think of the cookie! They are fun for sure:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • That is so cool, Terra!!! So happy for you! Rachael Ray's story makes me believe that you can be what you want to be as long as you keep on trying. :) Now pass me those cookies!! You still have my address, right?! ;-)
    • You are so right, we can be anything we want to be for sure:-) LOL! You always make me smile when I I read your comments:-) Hugs, Terra
  • How fun that you got to meet her :) And I just love these cookies...delightful! Happy holidays sweetie, big hugs
    • Thank you so much!!! Happy Holidays to you too! Sending big hugs your way, Terra
  • Hell yes for these super delicious Quinoa cookies and super awesome that you got to meet Rachael Ray!! happy holidays Terra!
    • LOL!!! I so agree, I still SQUEEEE when I think about it:-) Happy Holidays to you too! Hugs, Terra
  • Kate | Food Babbles
    First, that is SO awesome that you got to meet Rachel Ray!! Amazing! Second, these cookies sound amazing. I love quinoa and I can say that I've never had it in a cookie. Now I need to. Yum! or should I say "Yumo!"
    • LOL! Rachael Ray even signed my cookbook with Yumo! I love it:-) Quinoa is so versatile, and sooooooo delicious:-) Let me know if you try the cookie? Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • I am a peanut butter freak. I will try anything make of peanut butter.. I will try this tmr..thanks