Welcome to the first monthly edition of the Viral Diet Challenge! This in one of our 2019 baking challenges, where we will be attempting to make a delicious dessert, while trying to follow the strict rules of a diet. And since there are so many viral diets going around right now, it only seems appropriate to only bake viral diets. We will be having two 2019 challenges (the next one will be announced soon!), so Lucy will be in charge of this one.
The five factor diet is one of the less viral, viral diets, but still made the cut. I’ve researched a ton of diets, and to me this seems like one of the more maintainable ones. In fact and celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak, says it’s more of a lifestyle plan, not a diet. The five factors that are essential in each meal are: 1. A protein 2. Complex Carbs 3. Fiber 4. Healthy fat 5. A sugar free drink. We were able to check off all of these boxes, thanks to, peanut butter, quinoa, old-fashioned oats, olive oil, and sugar free tea.
My opinions: I was actually a big fan of these cookies, they made be feel like I was eating something kind of healthy, since it had super foods in it, but at the same time not, because it was also a cookie. But if you’re not a big fan of things that taste “healthy”, then these cookies are probably not for you, since you could definitely taste the quinoa, oats and peanut butter. I thought that the flavor of these cookies were pretty good, though the peanut butter was mild, it complemented the jelly really well. I think that the jelly was also very necessary, without it I don’t think the cookie would’ve been sweet enough, or had enough flavor. And surprisingly, you couldn’t really taste the quinoa either, which in my opinion was a good thing.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup+2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together olive oil and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, and peanut butter.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats, and quinoa.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, and cut out small circles and place them on the pan.
- Bake for about 7 minutes, then let cool on a drying rack.