Quinoa Cookies

I know the timing of these quinoa cookies may not be ideal, since many of you have more sugar in your house than you need right now, but stick with me on this one.

I don’t know about your children, but my boys always get way more candy than they need around Halloween.   In fact, they get more candy that I would want them to consume between now and the end of the year.  I know that the candy is supposed to be the fun part of Halloween, but there is still no way I’m letting them eat all that they got!  Seriously, have you read the labels of some of this junk? Though the sugar doesn’t make me happy, its the high fructose corn syrup and all those ingredients that I can’t pronounce that worry me.

So, we compromise.

They get to indulge on Halloween – a lot by our families standards but no so much by others – and they will be going through and picking their favorites and we will get rid of the rest.

As a consolation,  I will make sure that we have a lot of treats on hand.  I just made a double batch of this Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe and I also made these quinoa cookies!

These are great for a healthier snack and also work as a breakfast cookie on the run.  That is one of the best things about this healthy cookies recipe! (Other than the fact that my insanely picky boys will actually eat them.) If you don’t want to do chocolate at breakfast, dried cherries work well in its place.

If you are new to baking with quinoa flour, one thing that you want to remember is that you don’t want to use 100% quinoa flour.  Generally speaking, I use no more than half and often, even less.

What about your family – do you let the kids go wild at Halloween?

Am I the only mean mom around? Do your kids like muesli cookies?quinoa cookies

Recipe adapted from Bob’s Red Mill

Quinoa Cookies

  • ¾ cup Muesli (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup quinoa flour
  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour or brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ounces chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground organic flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine organic ground flax seeds with water and set aside.
  3. Sift together quinoa flour, whole wheat or brown rice flour, baking soda, salt and vital wheat gluten (optional – it will make the cookies chewier but they are just fine without it) and place in a large bowl.
  4. In a small bowl combine applesauce and brown sugar. Stir in flax mixture.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir well. Add quinoa, muesli and chocolate chips.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop cookies by the spoon full. Bake for 10 – 14 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 12 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Calories: cal

Fat: fat

Protein: pro

5 :  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Recipe by Cooking Quinoa.

  • Angie

    I already went through my daughter's candy and hid most of it. There is no way she needs all she got, she's only 3! I plan on hiding more each day. Good idea for having healthier-type treats available.

    • Wendy Polisi

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who does the hiding!  By now my boys just know they aren't getting it all. :)

  • Julie

    "They get to indulge on Halloween – a lot by our families standards but no so much by others – and they will be going through and picking their favorites and we will get rid of the rest." — A little annoyed that your kids are trick-or-treating, collecting the candy, and then you throw most of it away. Why bother? Agreedly, candy is a special treat, but don't waste other people's time and money. Just go with the quinoa cookies!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Julie,  Where did I EVER say we threw it away????  We give it away.  I'm sorry if it “annoys” you that I care about my children, don't want them to eat a ton of candy and don't feel that this fact justifies depriving them of the Halloween experience at 5 and 6.  Our community is a golf community that is 90% older people who absolutely love seeing them as they are the only kids that they will see the entire night.  Half the fun is the interaction! I'm pretty sure they don't think my boys were a waste of time or money.   

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  • Manuela

    Hi Wendy,

    Thank you for the great recipes, you have sending I really enjoyed these healthy and good nutrition options… :) Manuela

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much I'm glad you are enjoying them!  I certainly appreciate the kind words!

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  • Kiriel

    Haha, I'm the mean lady who doesn't even answer the door on Halloween. I wasn't allowed to go trick-or-treating or have candy growing up and then when I worked in the mall, the stores did trick-or-treating to make a safer environment for the little kids. I'm telling you, as cute as the babies are, the tantrums (more often than not from the parents!) when the kids got ONE piece of candy or when we'd run out (hey, 1000 kids in the mall, candy runs out fast!) made me not really enjoy Halloween. So I have no issue with anyone not allowing their kids all of that candy. Sugar high meltdowns and tantrums are not fun. And you're totally right. There are so many horrible ingredients in candy! I'd rather make my own cookies and treats to have in the house.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Sugar high meltdowns are the worst for me as a parent!  Since I've cleaned up the boys diet there is SUCH a difference in their behavior.  Now when one of them is acting badly the first thing that comes to my mind is to look at what they've eaten.  If there is junk in there then I need to take responsibility for that.

  • Cara

    I gotta tell you Wendy….that you're awesome!! I do the same thing with Halloween candy, having alot of it on the house just makes us all want it more, so less is best. I love your recipes, never tried quinoa till I saw your site…..I got my Mom hooked on it too, I call it my secret superfood….so delish….yumm…

    • Wendy Polisi

      Awww….thanks Cara! With all the technical issues we've been having this week you have no idea how much I appreciate your kind words. I have to admit – I'm jealous though. My Mom doesn't like quinoa! Me, of all people, should be able to get her hooked but no such luck to date. She tolerates it but has never even made it herself. Sigh……

  • sally

    I just love your recipes. I've tried many of them and they all turn out so well. Keep them coming, and thanks for all the great healthy recipes. :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      You are so welcome Sally!  I am so glad they are all turning out well for you –  that makes me smile!  Thanks for reading and stay tuned because I have a TON of new recipes coming the last two months this year!

  • Kathy

    We found a great idea on FB from one of our friends: we buy the candy from our children at a rate of 25 cents a piece. Then we take them to the store and they get to buy what they want with their money.

    • Wendy Polisi

      What a great idea!  My oldest is quite the entrepreneur and would probably go for that an get his little brother on board too!

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  • Kelly

    Thanks for this recipe. Do you happen to know the calories and nutrition information for these?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Actually I didn't calculate it on this one since it was for the boys.

  • Robyn

    Question – do I measure the 3/4 cup cooked quinoa dry or after it's cooked? Thank you.

    • Wendy Polisi

      It's 3/4 cup after its cooked.

  • Marie Edwards

    Hi Wendy – my friend and I made these cookies and absolutely loved them!!!! We substituted 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup coconut sugar instead of brown sugar (i have cut out pretty much all sugar from my diet) and instead of chocolate chips we added some golden raisons and prunes (the prunes were my friend’s idea) as well as walnuts. Next time I think I will use dates instead of prunes and I think we could probably cut the sugar down to just a 1/4 cup of either the honey or the coconut sugar as they seemed really sweet.

    I have a few questions:

    Where do I find vital wheat gluten? Went to Sprouts and they didn’t know about it. Maybe Whole Foods?

    I also belong to the Beyond Diet website and was wondering if I could share this recipe on their site – giving you all the kudos, of course?

    I also downloaded your book and can’t wait for the hard copy to be released. Will you be giving anyone who already downloaded the copy a break in the price when it is released or should I sign up now at Amazon for a copy in April?

    I truly love Quinoa and thank you for sharing all of your wonderful, yummy, recipes. I especially love the Quinoa Patties – oh, and the Stir-fry too!!!!!!!!!

    thanks again for sharing,


    • Wendy Polisi

      Hi Marie! Your substitutions sound amazing – especially the walnuts. I so wish my oldest didn't have nut allergies. To me, there isn't a cookie around that isn't better with nut!

      Whole Foods will have vital wheat gluten. I'm actually surprised sprouts doesn't – I can get it at my grocery store. You can buy it in bulk or Bob's Red Mill type brands will have it. It's really great for veggie burgers/meatballs in addition to baking.

      Feel free to share any recipes from the site with a link back! You have my permission to use the photos too if you wish.

      Regarding the book, since its being published by a publisher I won't have the ability to offer discounts over an above what they are already giving on Amazon. The great thing about Amazon is that the prices are so much lower than will be in stores and you can order now and you won't be billed until April when it ships.

      You are so welcome! Quinoa Patties are a favorite around here too! :)


      • Marie Edwards

        Hi Wendy – I made another batch (doubled it this time) tonight. Can't wait to have a few with a nice cup of tea. I also posted the recipe on Beyond Diet and used your picture too…thanks for allowing me to do this.

        I will also make sure I order the book thru Amazon. Can't wait until April!!!!!!

        Made the stirfry again last night and my husband went back for 3rds – I asked if he could refrain so I would have some left overs for lunch….

        Thanks for replying and all that you do!!!!!

    • robin

      I've found it at Clarks Nutritional Center and Loma Linda Market

  • Marie Dockery

    Here is my recipe for healthy quinoa cookies. We just love these. I make a new batch every two weeks:

    1/2 cup honey
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup olive oil
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    12 tsp almond flavoring
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    Mix all above ingredients together then…
    1 cup of oat flour
    1 cup of quinoa flakes
    1 cup of finely chopped almonds
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup of flax seeds
    1 cup of Classic Granola
    mix all ingredients together then..
    add 1 cup of old-fashioned oatmeal
    Mix thoroughly and place by spoonful onto baking dish
    Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
    Makes 3-4 dozen cookies

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much for sharing! I'll have to give this a try!