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Quinoa Cookies

Yep, you read the title right. I really put quinoa in my cookies. Before you turn up your nose, hear me out. The other day I made a quinoa salad for dinner. While we were eating, I told Josh I was in the mood to bake cookies. What’s new, right? :) He requested Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I said what about a quinoa cookie? He looked at me with a blank stare and said…sure! ha! I finished my salad and got down to business. I was determined to create a wining Quinoa Cookie…and I did!

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I wanted a thick and hearty cookie so I used whole wheat flour, oats, and quinoa. There is nothing whimpy about these cookies! The cookies are flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. I also threw in raisins and chocolate chips. These cookies are packed with deliciousness!

The quinoa was a genius addition, if I do say so myself:) It adds a nice little crunch to the cookies. Plus, it makes the cookies healthy-so you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner:)

The Quinoa Cookies are irresistible right out of the oven, but they are also pretty tasty frozen too! I have a hidden stash-don’t tell Josh. Yeah, he loved my Quinoa Cookie creation. I knew he would:)

Have a great weekend!

Quinoa Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Quinoa adds a nice little crunch to these thick and hearty cookies!


2 cups Gold Medal whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce (I used chunky Musselman’s applesauce)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the applesauce and mix until combined. Stir in the raisins.

3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats, quinoa, and chocolate chips.

4. Spoon about a tablespoon of dough onto a large baking sheet. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are just barely set. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack.

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92 Responses to “Quinoa Cookies”

  1. Amy — June 15, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    have you tried to substitute date sugar or evaporated cane juice for the brown sugar at all?

  2. gina @ skinnytaste — June 18, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    Super smart idea but not crazy! I saw some chocolate covered quinoa candy in my local health food store :)

  3. Whitney — June 19, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately and these sounded too good to pass up. Made these tonight and they were great! My boyfriend was very skeptical, but he can’t stop eating them! I actually only made half of the batch and I’m pretty thankful because I think we would have devoured all of them! Thanks for sharing, I love cookie recipes that I don’t feel quite so guilty about. :)

    • Two Peas replied: — June 20th, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

      Glad you liked the cookies!

  4. Sweetsugarbelle — June 21, 2012 @ 1:26 am

    Healthy cookies?! I’m all over this!!!

  5. Deepali — June 23, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    I just love ur blog!its always entertaining & the bits and pieces u put in here & there about fmly just lightens the mood:))WOW!

    As for the cookies, I just love the fact that uv gone all healthy. & 2ndly the cookies look super yummmyy.
    I have a baking sell blog that does pretty well.

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  7. Kimberley Howard — June 27, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Made this 2 weeks ago and have already made my second batch. We love them in our house! I added extra quinoa and halfed the sugar. I also replaced the rasins with craberries and added a large handfull of coconut. They are soooooo very tasty. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  8. N2fitness — July 2, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Made these for the first time and my husband loved them!!!!!!

  9. I saw this recipe on your site last night and couldn’t resist — So I made a batch of my own today. I took some of the cookies with me to a Fourth of July celebration this evening to share with friends. I have never used quinoa in anything before but absolutely loved these cookies and am going to save this recipe to my permanent files! I certainly hope that the others liked them as much as I did. Thanks for a great new healthy recipe! — Gigi

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  11. Daisy — August 13, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    I came across you blog and made these tonight. I made a few adjustments: coconut sugar instead of brown, unsweetened dried coconut instead of raisins,, egg re-placer and white chocolate chips. They are amazing!! Thanks for a keeper my kids enjoy:)

    • Two Peas replied: — August 13th, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

      Glad you liked the cookies! Great adaptations too!

  12. Kristen — August 27, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    These look AMAZING! I just got a bunch of quinoa so I will be trying them today! Yay! I’m thinking about putting a little less sugar in the cookies… would you have any idea or could you possibly guesstimate how only using a 1/2 cup of brown sugar could impact the cookies? Would they be flatter?

  13. Diana @ Eating Made Easy — September 5, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    I love quinoa but never thought to bake with it! Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

  14. Missy — September 6, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    these are simply amazing!!!! i honestly thought they wouldn’t come out that good bc the batter was to “wet”. im used to the “drier”, “fatty” recipes, so glad i was wrong. what a nice, welcomed change!

  15. Nicole — September 7, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Just made these and they are delicious!!!!

  16. Kristin — September 9, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Made these with dark chocolate chips and substituted canned pumpkin for the applesauce. Added a little extra sugar as first batch seemed a bit bland. Half the batch I omitted the raisins, while other half used craisins. They are rich and I just love that they’re so healthy!

  17. Betsy — September 15, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Just tried the cookies – really happy with them…I cut the sugar back to 3/4 (will likely reduce, personal choice), left out the chocolate chips (blood sugar issues) and used regular oats (what I had) and cut them up a bit with my food precessory – hubby approved: and that is saying something! Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. Amy — September 19, 2012 @ 2:49 am

    Just checking — do you really mean 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract? These look delicious and I don’t want to mess them up!

  19. Julie — September 20, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I think the applesauce made it too bready

  20. John Coultas — September 22, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Great looking cookie, can’t wait to give it a try.

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  25. elaine — December 9, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    have nade this recipe 3 times. Love the “health” of them but would like a little more moistness, any suggestions please. Thanks

    • Two Peas replied: — December 9th, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

      You can add more applesauce if you want!

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  27. HeAther mcg — January 9, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    I just made these cookies!! Awesome taste and flavor. I started baking only to realize I didn’t have any raisins in the house, my husband suggested I use the prunes and dried apricots I had on Hand…Which I did and these cookies are great. They look hearty and filling and I don’t feel guilt at all chomping away! Thanks :)

  28. Fay — January 24, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    I have a dumb question…is the quiona 1/2c before cooking or after cooking?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 27th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      You need 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

  29. Susan Fowler-Kerry — March 17, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    Do you have any nutritional info for this receipe?
    It’s great, love it.

  30. Makinzee — March 27, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    How many calories is in one cookie?

  31. Dawn Szolopiak — April 1, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    I was wondering what the calorie count is per cookie. Have you calculated? The cookies sound great!!

  32. DIANA — April 1, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    I have never used quinoa, but my mother-in-law gave me some. Didn’t know what to do with it…I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  33. Thalia — April 8, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    These were DELICIOUS to say the least! I added 3/4 cup quinoa :)
    I’m going to add walnuts or pecans next time too!

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  40. A.J. — October 27, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    Made these right now – totally delicious! Love the texture and the flavours. I had to substitute oil for applesauce (I know, backwards) because I didn’t have any. My dough was very wet and I was afraid it was going to melt into one big cookie. But they didn’t! They held their shape very well. In fact, for the second pan I actually pushed the cookie dough drops down flat a bit. It made exactly 5 dozen for me, using 1 tbsp (15 mL) for each drop. I found that most of the texture, for my cookies, is from the oats and not the quinoa. I might ad more quinoa next time. There definitely will be a next time 😉

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