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Quinoa Cookies
October 22, 2009 | Home >Healthy Kids >Quinoa Cookies

Quinoa Cookies

Ever worried your kids aren’t getting enough protein? Ever wonder how much they need?  To be very general, kids need between 0.45-0.50 grams of protein per pound of body weight.  So if your child weighs 25 lbs, they need 12 grams of protein.  These cookies have 3.5  grams of protein in each cookie!   Not much, but when compared with ZERO, like most cookies, A LOT!

I’ve been wanting to try to bake with Quinoa flour.  It has taken a little adjusting and trying.  The first time I tried baking, the whole batch got a thumbs DOWN from those that matter the most (the kids).  The second time however,  I think we got it right.  These cookies were gone within minutes.  Keep in mind, while they aren’t sugar free, they offer a little extra nutrients for your kids.

  • 1/2 Cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I like mini)

Mix dry ingredients. Set aside. Mix wet ingredients, and combine.  Scoop out 1 TBLS size balls and put on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Makes 16 cookies (1 TBL each)

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  1. Good source of whole grains (no refined grains).  Whole wheat flour, Quinoa flour and oats.
  2. Good fat source (Canola oil as opposed to butter).
  3. Tastes great!!
  4. The complete protein benefit of Quinoa flour.


  1. This is NO diet food!  Each cookie has 130.5 calories.  I wish I knew that before I ate 4 of them!

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Natalie Monson

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Terra Jones says:

Is Quinoa Gluten/Wheat Free?


Amy says:

YES! Many gluten free products in the stores are made with Quinoa flour. The cookies obviously aren’t because I used the wheat flour.
It wasn’t cheap though. I bought a box (probably 1 lb for $6.00!!)

Terra Jones says:


I thought it was, but couldn’t remember off the top of my head. Hmm, I’ll have to try it with spelt flour and see how they taste 😀


Catherine says:

Did you buy quinoa flour, or did you grind the quinoa into flour? I’ve been wanting to try quinoa, but it’s so expensive and I haven’t been able to find it for a reasonable price.

cathy says:

Great idea! These cookies look very tasty. You know, you could use quinoa as a flour replacement for any recipe that doesn’t use flour as a main ingredient. I’ve used brown rice flour in brownies (fudgy ones) and as batter for baked veggies and chicken with great success. I’ve never used quinoa flour, but I think that I’ll have to get some the next time I’m at the store. Now I think that I’ll have to experiment with how much regular flour I can replace with quinoa flour and still have good results!

cathy says:

BTW, love the title. Quookies – inspired!

Amy says:

It definitely takes experimenting. I want to try a cookie without whole wheat or white flour, but I’m

Amy says:

Catherine: I did not grind the Quinoa. I considered it, but I returned the wheat grinder I was using to my mother in law. I’m so bummed, cause I think it would be cheaper to buy whole quinoa and grind. Yes, very expensive!

Jessica says:

you can get quinoa flakes and grind them in the blender, super fast. Or you can grind the grain in the blender too it just takes a long time. But it is much less.

Amy says:

Thank You Jessica, I was wondering if it would work in a blender!

Jessica says:

Oh and for those who cannot eat eggs. I did use a 1/2 of a banana and 2tsp of ground flax and they turned out well texture wise. And I didn’t use the chocolate and they were still great.

Teri says:

Which is better for you canola oil or olive oil? I have a recipe for breakfast cookies that calls for canola oil as well. Is it lighter?

Amy says:

The way I have understand it: There is more of the good fat in Olive oil (but only by a small amount). So technically, olive oil has a nutritional advantage. However, I generally use Olive oil for sautéing and cooking things on a skillet, but I use canola oil in baking (rather than butter or vegetable oil). Mostly for the taste. I think olive oil leaves a different taste in baked goods.

These look so awesome! We love quinoa and I would for sure use Kamut Khorasan Wheat flour too for added nutrients!! Thanks so much 🙂 I cannot wait to try these!

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Deb says:

spelt is not recommended for celiac….if thats why you aren’t eating gluten/wheat

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Jenny says:

Thank you for sharing your Quinoa Cookie recipe. We featured this recipe on our blog this week also! http://www.thehappygal.com/20-quinoa-recipes-love/

Jessica says:

What am I doing wrong… They hardly stuck together and 8 minutes didn’t seem like near enough…

Sarah says:

I did not have success with these either. I could not get them to stick together but proceeded to bake anyway. They just fall apart and my kids don’t like them as we cannot hold them in our hand. Had to use a spoon they’re so crumbly. They taste good, just too dry and they fall to pieces.

@jessica & @sarah- did you use quinoa flour? Did you grind it yourself or purchase it that way?

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