Crunchy Eggless Quinoa Cookies: Simple Nankhatai Recipe With Oatmeal


Quinoa is a superfood, belonging to the amaranth family. The Incas called quinoa "the mother of all grains," which is a healthy gluten-free alternative to wheat. A rich source of protein, minerals, and dietary fiber, quinoa supplies your body with adequate nutrient content. If you have never tried quinoa recipes or are looking for one, this super easy crunchy eggless quinoa cookie recipe is for you.
quinoa nankhatai cookie recipe


For those who have been relishing this whole grain, it's a good idea to try out the quinoa cookies, which are:

  • crunchy
  • nutty
  • yummy
  • and make a complete meal combined with a cup of milk


Hubby dear was busy over the phone when I offered quinoa cookie to him for sampling, the cookies were so good that he applauded my efforts in an instant (he usually focuses on what he is doing). He was unaware as to what has gone into the making of those crunchy baked goodies.

The news was broken and he was amazed at the results of baking quinoa in cookie form.
Dad, too, loved these crunchy bites without baking powder.

We will get back to these no baking powder cookies in a while.

With the successful experiment, I can proudly claim, "Give me any grain, millet, lentil, or cereal and I will turn it into delectable cookies without bp! Do not believe my words? Well, here's presenting quinoa nankhatais :) An experiment that has given me outstanding results so wanted to share my happiness with you all."

A Little About Quinoa


Quinoa is fast growing in popularity so much so that 2013 was celebrated as the ‘International Quinoa Year’ by the UN to raise awareness about the grain's high nutrient content.
quinoa cookies nankhatai

Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa has twice the protein content of barley or rice or barley.
It is rich in magnesium, calcium, and manganese.
Quinoa is loaded with vitamin E, B vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Quinoa is a good source of amino acids.

Since quinoa has a high protein content, it is a good idea to combine it with other fibrous foods to derive its maximum benefits.

Quinoa makes a healthy breakfast. Try quinoa upma or quinoa pulao.
You may even try out different snacks with quinoa.

It has a slightly nutty flavor, like amaranth.

The cereal is a good source of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and has small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy for your heart. Additionally, it has a high monounsaturated fat content.
quinoa benefits

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Do read the labels on your quinoa box to check manufacturer's instructions on the use of the cereal.
Okay so let's go to quinoa cookie recipe.
sugarless cookies

raw cane sugar


Ingredients

3/4 cup- quinoa (roasted and powdered) - do a taste test - some quinoa brands are slightly bitter (I have organic quinoa)
1 cup- oats powder (minus 2 tbsp- add if needed)
4 tsp- raw cane sugar (more or less depending on your taste) - it's a healthier, mineral-rich alternative to white sugar
1 1/2 tbsp- ghee/clarified butter
3 tbsp- olive oil (olive/seed oil/vegetable oil)
1 tbsp- honey
1 tbsp- milk
pinch of salt
cardamom powder for flavor
Nuts of your choice (I have added pistachio and sunflower seeds)


How to make eggless quinoa cookies:

Dry roast quinoa and grind it to powder. Keep aside.
Powder oats to make oatmeal.
Take a mixing bowl.
Add ghee and olive oil.
Add a pinch of salt and cane sugar.
Whisk until fluffy.
Add honey and milk. Whisk until your arms start to pain. LOL
The trick is to whisk everything well until the mix looks light and fluffy.
Add cardamom powder or any essence. I do not use any artificial essence;  instead, prefer natural spices for flavor.
Take a sifter and sift through quinoa over the wet ingredient bowl.
Same way, sift through oatmeal and mix everything with hands.
If the dough looks very light and sticky, add little extra oatmeal.
Drop in chopped nuts and mix. DO NOT KNEAD to prevent gluten formation. Gluten is required for making chewy chapatis, not cookies. I do not like chewy cookies. My goal is to make crunchy crispy biscuits.
Ideally, the dough will be very soft.
The key to making no baking powder cookies is to autolyze the cookie dough.
Keep it covered for half an hour.
Preheat oven (mw convection) to 170 degrees for 10 mts. I have airfried the quinoa cookies.
Preheat the airfryer for 4-5 mts.
Make lime-sized balls and press lightly.
Place the balls on a baking tray and bake or airfry for 15 mts. The quinoa cookies will get slightly browned and it is at this time that you should turn off the airfryer/oven.
Remove the oats cookies from the oven when these are done.
Allow them to cool before munching on crunchy eggless quinoa cookies.
Do write to me about this easy quinoa recipe.
If this super grain interests you, do check our extensive collection of quinoa recipes from my group - Healthy Recipes by Homemakers. The benefits of quinoa are immense and you should go for this superfood. The recipe credits go to Uma Srinivasan, Bhavna Parekh, Sangeeta Chandra, Sandhya Nege Nadkarni.

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4 comments:

  1. Worth trying. I can see many delicious quinoa recipes ...wow. You have tried almost all you cud with this wonder grain. cookies got late entry 😂

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    1. Thanks dear. These quinoa recipes are contributions from groupies. I have tried only one quinoa recipe - quinoa cookies. Now that quinoa has entered my kitchen, you can see many more.

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  2. I have started using quinoa recently Ravneet and these cookies will certainly be my next attempt with this super grain. Thanks for the share

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    1. I simply love the nutty quinoa. It's the next big thing in my kitchen lab. Have already tried out quinoa idlis too, and they taste absolutely yummy. These quinoa cookies are a must try, especially for those looking for gluten-free recipes.

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