Healthy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

A couple of months ago I was watching the Today show and they were making Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies. I liked the sound of them but hadn’t gotten around to making them until this morning. Cookie baking at 8am, ’tis the season.

I made a few changes to the recipe, namely cutting it in half. Now that only I can eat the gluten-free oats I knew I’d never be able to eat 24 cookies on my own. Turns out I also forgot the coconut so this yielded 8 cookies instead of 12 anyway. Worked out perfectly. Speaking of the coconut, I think these would have been a lot better with it so I’ve included it in my recipe below even though I didn’t personally make them that way.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies (vegetarian, gluten-free)

2 frozen bananas, thawed

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons peanut butter

pinch of salt

1/4 cup white sugar, I thought about subbing maple syrup but didn’t this time. If you try it, let me know how it turns out

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1/2 cup cooked quinoa (here’s how I make mine)

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 375.

Thaw frozen bananas or use very ripe ones. Mash with a fork in a big bowl. Add vanilla, peanut butter, salt and sugar. Mix.

Quinoa cookie wet ingredients

Add oats, cooked quinoa and shredded coconut. Mix again.

Stir in chocolate chips.

chocolate chip quinoa cookie dough

Grease a cookie sheet and drop cookies on tray (don’t use parchment paper like I did, the cookies stick).

chocolate chip quinoa cookies

Cook for 25 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

This recipe couldn’t be simpler and I love that it calls for unused quinoa which I usually have on hand.

These would be great with raisins instead of chocolate chips, sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter, or ginger and cinnamon for a holiday themed cookie. I’m thinking of this as the basic recipe for a variety of different cookies.

With so many rich, buttery treats this time of year, it’s nice to have something on the lighter side.

On a totally unrelated note, I had to share some pictures of my run yesterday evening. I caught so many beautiful shots of the sun setting, unbelievably pretty.

Sunset over BostonSunset over BostonSunset over Allston

Enjoy!

12 thoughts on “Healthy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

  1. I need to try this asap … mostly because I love quinoa so much, but also because it looks very intriguing as a g-f/flourless cookie option. And yes – definitely will try the maple syrup. Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. In the photo it looks like you used wax paper, not parchment. I would be very surprised if anything baked stuck to parchment. (Forgive me if I am mistaken. :))

    Looking forward to trying the recipe!

    • You are very correct Melissa. The wax paper started smoking like crazy and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. About 5 minutes into baking I removed the wax paper and put the cookies straight on the cookie sheet. Then they came out perfectly. Big lesson learned that day, parchement paper is very different from wax paper 🙂

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