Disclaimer: OXO provided me with a set of brownie tools and will donate $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in September. Go Go Squeez provided me products for free. No other compensation was exchanged. All opinions are my own.
These quinoa breakfast bites kind of happened by accident. Ok, a lot of things that go on in my kitchen and on this blog happen by accident. For me, creative experimentation is the spice of life, and this recipe is just a happy side product.
Recently, Oxo sent me a set of brownie tools and asked me to participate in their Bake a Difference campaign which is a wonderful endeavor that raises money for kids with cancer. The idea was to use the tools to bake some brownies, post about them, and Oxo would donate $100 to pediatric cancer research, but with so much traveling, and summer holiday junk food/booze bingeing, brownies were the last thing on my mind.
As per usual, one day I was perusing my pantry trying to think of a healthy way to combine some random stuff in order to free up some space. My eyes came across a box of Go Go Squeez fast fruit pouches I had recently received in the mail. People send me random stuff all the time, and these were definitely taking up space. It’s not that they’re not really tasty, they definitely are, I just have always thought of Go Go Squeez as kid food. Leila eats them all the time, and she’s three!
I totally understand the purpose of these easy squeeze pouches for moms on the go, little kid snack time, or even people who are hiking or camping and need a little snack. But for me, someone who cooks from scratch pretty much daily, I didn’t see how they applied. That is, until I began my pantry clean out session.
I always have quinoa on hand, I had some whole wheat flour, some oats, dried cranberries, and some wheat germ (don’t ask) so I thought, why not make a healthy “breakfast” cookie? My Oxo tools came in handy for the measuring portions, the Go Go Squeez provided a wonderful tropical fruit flavor twist, and before long I had a breakfast cookie…..errr……ok they didn’t really spread…..a breakfast bite!
Whatever you want to call them they are really delicious, and actually majorly healthy! I’m now convinced that Go Go Squeez products are not just for kids, and I’ve successfully raised some money for some kids with cancer. Yay for happy accidents!
Quinoa Breakfast Bites
High protein breakfast to go. Make ahead these Quinoa Breakfast Bites
- 1 c whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 c wheat germ
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c granulated sugar
- 1-4.2 oz pouch of Go Go Squeez I used apple, peach, passionfruit flavor
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp coconut extract
- 1 c cooked quinoa
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 1 c dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and wheat germ. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together coconut oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and Go Go Squeez until well combined. Stir in the vanilla and coconut extracts.
Turn the mixer to low and gradually add in the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Mix in the quinoa, oats and cranberries.
Drop teaspoon sized balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown (bites will NOT spread)
Store in an airtight container.
If you want to join in the money raising fun, click the green circle above to buy some great Oxo products! For every specially marked item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. (Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers.)
*In 2013, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.
Once again, Oxo provided me free tools and Go Go Squeez provided me free product. No other compensation was exchanged. Just because people send me free stuff, does not mean that I’ll automatically write nice things. I can’t be bought yo! All opinions are my own.