Quinoa Cookies

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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? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

Quinoa adds a nice little crunch to these thick and hearty cookies!
4.80 from 5 votes



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats, quinoa, and chocolate chips.
  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I recently had couscous pastries and I was blown away by the texture. I can totally see how quinoa would totally rock! These look marvelous!

  2. Hey, I NEVER turn my nose up to a cookie! I bet the quinoa does provide a really great texture.

  3. Oh yum! I am totally in the mood for a thick, chewy, hearty cookie. The addition of quinoa sounds like genius to me!

  4. I love that you used cooked quinoa in these! So many quinoa recipes I see call for quinoa flour or quinoa flakes, which I never have…I’ll definitely be trying these!

  5. I love putting quinoa in cookies! It adds a great texture AND plenty of nutrition. How can that be bad?

  6. This is FANTASTIC! Last week I was looking for a quinoa cookie recipe but couldn’t settle on one, so I didn’t make them. Now I know I have a great recipe to try! Thank you… great weekend to you, too!

  7. A meal in a cookie…? I love quinoa for a breakfast cereal, as a salad, side dish, now for cookies!

  8. We are making these right now..so excited to try it! I am going to substitute craisins for the raisins b/c I love ’em. Thanks for the inspiration to bake.

  9. Lovely idea with the quinoa! Added protein definitely can’t hurt and I have to say, with or without the quinoa, this cookie looks fabulous!

  10. What a genius idea!! Since they have quinoa, can I have them for dinner? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will be trying these this weekend for sure!

  11. I made these cookies this afternoon. They are absolutely delicious!! Very moist and a nice texture. Everyone loves them!!!

  12. You know what I’m going to say, each time I saw a recipe made with quinoa I started feeling so proud about my country and my roots.

  13. I have been wanting to try quinoa in baking and am glad to hear that it worked so well. These sound so hearty and packed with flavor.

  14. I love quinoa cookies. I think the cooked quinoa makes the cookies bake up lighter than you would expect. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  15. i love making quinoa cookies! i don’t think it’s weird at all! those look so delicious! thanks for sharing!

  16. I met your hubby one day at Home Depot right before your lil one was born. I work there. Now whenever I find your stuff on Pinterest or whatever, I feel all smug, like I know some celebrities! Am baking your cookies right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Very flavorful recipe. Thank you for posting it! I just took mine out of the oven. The quinoa seems to be lost in the batter. Next time I may add 3/4 or whole cup of cooked quinoa instead of just a half cup.

  18. So weird, this post just hit my Reader today….3 posts of yours at once. What a fun twist on cookies! And healthy!

  19. I have been looking for a good “healthy cookie” recipe to keep on hand for quick breakfasts or snacks. I will have to give these a try…maybe even adding a scoop of protein powder!

  20. I’ll take the whole plate please! I mean, since they’re made from Quinoa I can eat the whole plate and not feel guilty, right?

  21. I would love to try these, do you think there is a gluten free flour that would work instead of the wholel wheat flour. I have a son with Celiac Disease and these would be great snacks for her lunch box!

  22. Awesome looking recipe… must try!!! Quinoa, applesause and chocolate!!!!!!!! Healthy and decadent at the same time…thank you!!!

  23. Made these this morning, omitted raisins. Since the quinoa was hardly noticeable I think I could sneak a bit more in there next time. Ate some for breakfast. Then again at lunch ๐Ÿ™‚ Great recipe, thanks!

  24. Super smart idea but not crazy! I saw some chocolate covered quinoa candy in my local health food store ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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:)

  30. 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?

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

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

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

  36. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  38. 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!!!

  39. These were DELICIOUS to say the least! I added 3/4 cup quinoa ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m going to add walnuts or pecans next time too!

  40. You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest sites on the net.
    I most certainly will recommend this website!

  41. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. I can’t get my boyfriend to eat breakfast to save our lives, but have found that breakfast in cookie form goes down pretty easily. I had about half the oats and substituted pumpkin for the applesauce (since I had some in the fridge) and WOW. These are REALLY, really good. Mine came out thick, soft and cakey, and didn’t spread much. I added some coconut and flax seed just to “fill” the space left by the oats. Quinoa in cookies.. who knew! Thanks!

  43. So these *look* like they have more of a “muffin top” texture? Would you say that is an accurate description of the cookie? Or more of your traditional chewy crispy oatmeal cookie? I am always disappointed when I eat a cookie that has the texture of a muffin….but I do want to try these! Curious so I can mentally prepare myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  44. 5 stars
    These are delicious! These cookies won 1st place in a healthy cookie contest at my gym last year. I used original applesauce and organic coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar and craisins instead of raisins. ย Many were asking for the recipe. Thank You

  45. 5 stars
    My teenagers and their friends and friends parents LOVE when I make these. Most often I skip the raisins per their request, but they are amazing. Thank you!!

  46. Will it work if I half the sugar? I feel like there is enough sweetness in all the rest of the ingredients. Or does the sugar serve another purpose besides sweetness?

  47. 5 stars
    Love love these cookies, when my husband saw that I was using quinoa, he sternly said that he was NOT going to be eating any! Weโ€™ll, he is eating them all. I thought these would be good for my WW diet, but I have to hide them from him. I switched up coconut for the raisins. I might try adding a bit more quinoa on my next batch.
    Thank you