Healthy Quinoa Cookies

Last week I tried making a new quinoa dish for dinner. I love quinoa’s versatility and it’s the perfect grain for meals for families of 2 to 200. Though, in my preparation for the meal, I realized I made about double the amount of quinoa we’d possibly consume in one night. That left me a couple options… freeze it for later or get creative? I put the leftovers in the fridge until I decided what to do.

Healthy Quinoa Cookies

Luckily, that same week, I happened to hang out with some girlfriends that Friday night. Everyone brought treats to enjoy and one friend brought no-bake cranberry quinoa cookies. They were so good with a not too sweet flavor and nice soft bite. I loved them and I knew what I was making with that cooked quinoa in my fridge!

I really, really loved the dried cranberries in my friends cookies, but I didn’t have any on hand. I do always have chocolate hand! These no-bakes have chocolate chips and adding peanut butter created a perfect combination.

Healthy Quinoa Cookies

Regardless if you have chocolate or dried cranberries, these quinoa cookies can be tweaked to what you have on hand. You can make them as healthy as you’d like! The base for these cookies are probably the healthiest cookies around. We are talking about quinoa, peanut butter and whole wheat flour! I could have easily called these protein power cookies since they are stocked with so much protein! Plus, all the vitamins and minerals from raw honey and healthy salts are really beneficial.  Next time you have leftover quinoa, try this healthy sweet recipe instead of a savory one!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
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Serves: 24 cookies
  • ½ cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Applesauce
  • ¼ cup Raw Honey or Agave
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
  • ⅓ cup Whole Wheat Flour or Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • 1½ cups cooked Quinoa (about ½ cup of uncooked quinoa) OR ½ cup soaked Quinoa
  • ¼-1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  1. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, applesauce, honey, vanilla and salt. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Spoon rounded tablespoons of cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Place in the freezer to set, about 20-25 minutes. Enjoy as a power snack, breakfast or a healthy dessert! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.


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  1. says

    Making too much quinoa happens pretty much every single time I make a batch, lol…it’s amazing how much that stuff grows! But I love quinoa, so that’s never a problem and making cookies out of the leftovers sounds delicious. Now I’ll be making too much quinoa on purpose! UGH, so good!

  2. cindy says

    I love these and I even messed up and baked them by accident…I made fresh quinoa so when I mixed it in being warm still it melted the chocolate chips making them all chocolately…baking them made them cake-like..similar to a muffin with a crunch..yum

  3. audi seuss says

    hai ! I’m just wondering why did you used flour in a non-bake food ? Whats the purpose of it to be there when its a no-bake food ? THANKS :)

    • says

      Hi! Whole wheat flour acts as a thickening, bulking agent in these cookies as well as a nutrient rich ingredient. :) Thank you for the comment!

      • audi seuss says

        hai :) thank you very much for replying :)

        oh thats a good idea as a thickening agent ! But currently i’m using
        “NOW Foods” brand of GLUCOMMANAN 575MG 180 CAPS
        as the thickening agent for my overnight oats, salsa, salad dressings, soup, etc. Glucommanan is 100% natural fiber powdere derived from konjac root; its supposed to be for dieters (3 tablets with water half hour before meal will expand the fiber powder in your tummy so you will feel very full already). AND lately I read that few people have started using this as a substitute for cornstarch or other thickening things and it works and much healthier and natural.

        But back to your yummy dessert.. I think I’ll make some 2nite so I can nibble-nibble these at school 2morrow. Thank you again :) <3

        ~ Audi Seuss

  4. Theodora Sallee says

    I had to do some improvising, but they turned out delicious so I thought I’d share.
    I didn’t have honey or agave, so I used 2 Tbls dark molasses.
    I used Almond Butter
    I used smashed cooked yam, rather than applesauce
    I put granola in my nutribullet and used the fine “flour” instead of whole wheat flour
    I added quite a few various chopped nuts and the dried cranberries
    Pretty much followed your recipe, except for the above changes. Really like the results.
    No chocolate chips in this batch.
    Thanks for the great recipe.


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