Women’s Work and a Recipe: Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

I had a really wonderful chat with a friend tonight about women’s work and what that means. Did you know yesterday was International Women’s Day?

I don’t consider myself a feminist, at least not in the traditional sense. I don’t think that women should have to have high-powered executive jobs or wonderful exciting careers to prove that they are just as capable as men. I do think that the work women do for their families should be considered just as important as the work that a CEO does (if not more important, actually). I think the feminists of the 60s and 70s got it wrong, and I think they actually made life harder for women of my generation.

I have a few career goals, but I also have family life goals. And in the meantime, here are some things I might do if I could do whatever I wanted all day:

  • Review a macrobiotic diet plan (this was such a fun experiment).
  • Make new creations with PB2… (PB2, where are you?? I ordered a new box over a month ago.)
  • Experiment with rice cooker recipes (I’m on this weird mailing list for rice cooker recipes – I don’t know why they send me recipes all the time, but I’m actually kind of glad for it!)
  • Bake more! I have been meaning to make these black bean brownies that I made a long time ago.

In an effort to use my womanly baking skills and show off a bit, I made these cookies for my office last night. Monday was a rough day and baked goods are always good for cheering up. I enjoy baking even if it’s not as “important” as working in an office.

Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix everything together. You can mix the dry together and the wet together separately if you want, but I didn’t and they still came out good.

Drop onto a baking sheet – heaping spoonfuls – and bake for ~15 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn! Soft yet crispy – see:

What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted? I forgot to mention I would also play with my fats…

Fat cat in a bag (we didn’t put him in; he just likes it).

This is the other fat cat on a couch.

Anyway… What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted?

16 Replies to “Women’s Work and a Recipe: Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)”

  1. Hey! Thanks for the cookie recipe! I just bought a huge bag of quinoa yesterday cause I wanted to try it but honestly not really sure what to do with them! I’ll definetely give this one a try cause I love cookies 🙂

  2. I agree with you completely! Women have definitely made life harder for themselves. Wanting equal pay is fine and we should get it. However, men have lost a lot of respect for women I think, and they expect women to do EVERYTHING now. Taking care of a house, kids, AND working? I don’t think so. Not for me, at least!

  3. Mmmmm your cookies look wonderful. I haven’t tried quinoa flakes before!

    I took a really interesting course a couple years ago about the rhetoric of gender… learned all about the history of feminism and everything and it was fascinating. I agree that there have been a lot of problems within the various women’s movements in the past. “Feminism” has received such a bad name, even though all it REALLY implies is equality. And equality is super!

  4. Those quinoa flake cookies look AMAZING! Really, what beautiful treats.

    I’ve got to break it to you…you ARE a feminist! Feminism is about women being able to choose to do whatever they want, whether it is a high powered job or staying at home and workings as a wife/mother/homemaker. The thing it, it is also about getting respect for doing either. People have never fully appreciated women for the work they do in the home, or raising children, and feminism is about changing that. Feminism is believing that the work we do as homemakers and mothers is just as important as any office job and should be given the respect it deserves. Being a wife or a mother or a homemaker IS hardwork and should be seen as such!

  5. I know where the PB2 is! In crazy long back order. I shop at a low carb grocery store and they carry a big display of it and they had been out of it for MONTHS. I went in this weekend and they finally had some stock but they still had a sign up saying they were behind in orders. Good luck! Totally worth the wait.

  6. Amazing post!

    I both agree and disagree. I think it is/was important for the trailblazers of the 60s and 70s to show women that CEO jobs and fiscal achievement were possible, because at the time (and it’s hard for women of our generation to see this), there was virtually no precedent whatsoever. Women COULDN’T do those things–women’s sphere was the home, because it had to be.

    I think the main thing is for women to have the option of picking and choosing where/what they’d like to do. This may mean a domestic lifestyle for some, and it may mean a CEO job for others, but we need for both to be presented as options to young girls. Because there is more of a precedent for a domestic lifestyle, I think that the emphasis often falls on corporate work — there are, even today, less models of that, and so we emphasize it because young women may not see it in their own families or the media. But you’re right in saying that domestic life and work should never be de-valued because we also wish for professional life outside the home to be possible.

    I think it’s also important to remember that all of us need to make money. It’s great to consider a more domestic lifestyle/work if you have the means to support yourself, but what’s often wrapped up in that idea is that someone else will be earning money. And that I really don’t like: all women should be encouraged toward financial independence. If you can’t support yourself in the world, your options and security will be limited. Being financially dependent on a husband or lover can often be the reason why women feel compelled to compromise more in relationships than they ought to; to expect relationships to satisfy the wants/needs that should be satisfied by a balance of professional AND personal life; and to fear independence. So many women, even women of my generation, are uncomfortable being alone. I believe that, if we all felt we could support ourselves no matter what, we’d be more open to autonomy, and less fearful of it.

    If I could do whatever I wanted all day, and money were virtually no concern for me whatsoever (ha!) I’d still want to edit, and I’d still want to help my clients. I’d just do it from home, and with waaaaaaaay shorter hours. In the meantime, I’d cook. Like, all the time. And watch too much TV. And read. And write my blog…

    I think I already filled up my days!!!

    Great post, Mags!


  7. If I could do whatever I wanted?

    I would cook. Bake. Make bread. Then hang out with friends to share the food 🙂 And write about it.

  8. I really appreciate the fact that you can say “I don’t consider myself a feminist” — because I don’t either, and never have, and I have gotten a lot of flack for it! I DO believe in feminist ideals — I volunteer with an all-girls writing nonprofit, went to an all-girls school, believe in the social and economic transformation that comes from educating girls in third-world countries — but I think of “feminist” as more of an adjective than a noun/identity. As a noun, it just seems too exclusive — there are a lot of male-specific societal norms/constraints too!

    Anyway, if I could do anything all day, I would spend WAYYY more time outside!!!

  9. I would spend more time outside when it’s nice. Bake more, spend less time on the computer, read more, walk more…all sorts of fun stuff.

    Domestic work is hard. My friends that are stay-at-home moms work 24/7. Definitely not an easy career choice, but one I hope to have someday. 🙂

  10. I agree that the “feminist” movement has been somewhat confusing. Women do not have to be in prestigious careers to prove anything. Just saying “prove” makes it seem like we’re inferior by nature. We’re not. And what’s happened is that women are still trying to do the “traditional” house-based work AND the career stuff… so we’re all going slightly crazy. I don’t see how that moves us further along, as a gender. My take on it is that individuals come with different strengths, and those strengths should be nurtured. I don’t want kids and don’t think I’d be a super mom, but I’m an awesome wife, and I get so much fulfillment from doing house stuff. I don’t think that makes me less of a “feminist.” To me, feminism is about empowerment, doing what YOU love, embracing who you are. I work because I like the structure and routine, and I like making money. I don’t think I have to work to prove anything. I love writing, and before the pressures of the real world entered my brain, I could spend all day working on stories. I miss that. I love watching movies, reading, and making a good home.
    Great topic!

  11. mmm good question! I would cook and bake all day and then i’d read blogs, blog, and find a place to volunteer – probably a place where i can play with little animals all day and not have to put up with mean people. Dream life huh??

    Maggs i LOVE your quinoa cookie recipe! It looks fantastic and i can already imagine how nutty and delicious they are!! yum!!!

  12. I would play in the kitchen, oh wait. I do that everyday all the time 😉 I guess I would love to sit on the beach all day long and do some yoga 🙂

  13. maggie i really appreciate your openness on this subject. i do feel that the feminist movement, while “extreme” brought some good ends. women should have the same availability and allowance as men to have a career if they choose, equal pay, etc etc. but i also agree that now there seems to be this “pressure” that women have to DO IT ALL! i guess i won’t judge anyone’s personal choice to “do it all” or “do their thing,” but i dont find it fair that women who don’t choose the big career path are looked on as less important than the “full time mom/wife/something else.”

    anyways we’ve talked about this before and the point is just dont let someone tell you what you “should be.” listen to your heart and the Spirit and live YOUR life! 🙂

  14. Loved the post and the comments!

    Of course, you must have known I would have to respond.

    I DO consider myself to be a feminist even though I left my career to raise my family and take care of a very big old house (and too many animals!). I think my generation — which is the one after the trailblazers of the 60’s and 70’s but before your generation…was in the unenviable position of trying to prove we could do the mother thing and do the CEO thing at the same time. We did not want to lead a life of forced dependence like many women of the 50s; we wanted to be out in the work place. However, when it came time to have a family we were tormented leaving our babies in the care of others to pursue a career…or…we had to make large sacrifices in our careers if we decided to stay home to raise our children.

    I read a really good book called “Sequencing” and it is the only resource I know of that suggests that you can do it all — just not at the same time. I think that is what most women who stay at home with their children end up doing — getting back into the workforce more and more as their children get older. However, very few of them can catch up to their contemporaries that they left behind at the office when they made the choice to stay home. I have often wondered if this is why there are so few women who have broken through the glass ceiling.

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