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Stack of three gluten-free vegan chocolate chip quinoa cookies against a grey background.

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 26 mins
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This quinoa cookies recipe makes a delicious vegan and gluten-free option for a healthy dessert with with a delicious, soft texture and sweet, nutty flavor.


  • 1/2 cup (125 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (68 g) cane sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) sunflower seed butter, almond butter, peanut butter, etc.
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats blended into fine oat flour
  • 1.5 cups (190 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup (85 g) dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the applesauce, sugar and nut or seed butter to a mixing bowl and stir until smooth and combined.
  3. Make some oat flour if you don’t have any prepared, then add the oat flour, baking powder, salt and quinoa and mix into a uniform cookie dough. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to create 12 cookies, placing them on the prepared cookie sheet to make 12 cookies. You can use your fingers to shape them a bit but no need to be perfect.
  5. Bake for 26 minutes then remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before storing. The cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days in an air-tight container, in the fridge for about a week or frozen for up to 2 months.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 99 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g