Monday 29 May 2017

Banana Pecan Protein Cookies

banana pecan protein cookies

I'd never previously been much of a gluten free baker, shying away from it and instead, chose to continue my passion by baking traditional sweet treats for gluten eating friends. However, I've recently been enjoying experimenting with baking healthy treats and wanted to share this recipe for protein packed cookies, which are crispy outside and chewy in the middle. They're not too sweet and are great as a guilt free treat on workout days. I find they're best enjoyed warm and fresh from the oven so why not share them with your gym buddies?

Three great health benefits: rich in protein, beneficial for heart health, good source of fibre

2 tbsp chia seeds
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1 & 1/4 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup gluten free flour
3 tsp hemp protein powder
1/2 cup pecan nuts, finely chopped

Makes 18

1) Make a chia "egg" by mixing together the chia seeds with 6 tbsp water. Set aside for approximately half an hour. Stir the gel that forms.
2) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking tray with a silicone sheet or greaseproof paper.
3) Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl.
4) Add the chia "egg", cinnamon and salt and stir well to combine. Stir in the quinoa.
5) In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and protein powder. Fold this into the banana and quinoa mixture. Finally, fold in the pecan nuts.
6) Use a spoon or ice-cream scoop to portion the mixture out and press into flat circle shapes on the baking tray.
7) Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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