Welcome To Internship!

It’s official – I’m a dietetic intern.


Last week was orientation week at my core site hospital. Not gonna lie – I was an excited ball of nerves on the first day, because I had no idea what to expect. And when my first bus was late, and then my second, I had a minor meltdown that I was going to be late on the first day (no one wants that to be their internship coordinator’s first impression). But miraculously I was on time, and after about 30 min with my coordinator, I was put at ease.

The first week was pretty relaxed – a lot of meeting people, touring the hospital, job shadowing, paperwork, and going through expectations, goals, etc. Oh yeah, and we had a welcome potluck with many of the RD’s on staff.


I hummed and hawed over what I wanted to bring. The night before I was in a baking mood, so I dug through my pantry and came up with ingredients to make some delicious whole grain cookies.


As you can see from the photos, hazelnuts and chocolate chips were the stars of these cookies. I thought about adding oatmeal (because who doesn’t like an oatmeal cookie), but found a container of quinoa flakes and decided to add them instead. I can’t say it changed much flavour wise, but it’s fun to utilize different grains in baking.


The cookies went over really well. Just sweet enough, studded with the hazelnuts and chocolate.  They were a touch drier than I would have liked, due to my temperamental oven. That just means they are perfect for dunking in a cool glass of your favourite milk.


Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Quinoa Cookies

makes 3 dozen

Nuts and chocolate are always a good combination, and these cookies prove it. Crunchy, sweet, and satisfying. Oh yeah, and they are whole grain!


  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar in a stand mixer (or by hand if you are hard core) until well combined.
  3. Add egg and vanilla to butter/brown sugar mixture and mix until combined
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, quinoa flakes, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture, and mix until just combined (it will be thick).
  5. Add in chocolate chips and hazelnuts, and mix briefly so they are evenly distributed in dough. 
  6. Drop dough by the tablespoon on cookie sheet, and press to flatten. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until just slightly golden brown. Cool, and enjoy!

Note: If you don’t have quinoa flakes, substitute oats.


Question for you – would you be interested in reading about my internship experience? I kind of like the idea of documenting it here, but if that’s going to be boring for my readers to read, let me know!

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Categories: Baking, Chocolate, Dessert, Dietetics, Recipe, Snack, Vegetarian, Whole Grain


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5 Comments on “Welcome To Internship!”

  1. September 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    I would love to hear more about your internship! Congrats on the first day/week – those cookies look amazing. The idea of adding quinoa sounds delicious – and that picture with the glass of milk is droolworthy. Can’t wait to hear more!

  2. September 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Congratulations on your internship! I would love to read all about it here 🙂

  3. September 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    CONGRATS, GIRL! Yes, please detail! So proud of you 🙂

  4. September 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    These sound like the perfect intern power study snack! I am for sure going to make these mmmm!!


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