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Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Yes, chocolate chip quinoa cookies!

Secret Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies:

When I was 5 years old, I earned the nickname Cookie Monster from my grandfather, after he caught me repeatedly sneaking chocolate chip cookies from the dining room table.

I wasn’t tall enough to actually see the table…

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t know what was up there!

Quinoa Cookies

Fast forward 20+ years.

Although I am older (and taller!) now… I still have a certain turquoise-blue reputation to uphold. 😉

Quinoa Cookies

Bring on the quinoa chocolate chip cookies! These chocolate chip quinoa cookies are a fun and creative change of pace if you’re used to white-flour chocolate chip cookies. Try them if you feel adventurous – they are absolutely delicious!

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Yield: 6 to 8 quinoa cookies
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  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tbsp quinoa flour (52g)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 packed tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar (22g)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar or xylitol (20g)
  • 2-4 tbsp chocolate chips, optional
  • up to 2 tbsp milk of choice, as needed
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vegetable or coconut oil (15g)


Quinoa Cookies Recipe: (Makes 6-8 quinoa cookies, so feel free to double the recipe!) Preheat oven to 310 F, and lightly grease a cookie tray. In a mixing bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together all liquid ingredients (starting with 1 tbsp milk of choice). Pour wet into dry to form a dough, then add the extra milk of choice if needed. If dough becomes a little too gooey, just freeze 20 minutes or until firm enough to shape into balls. Shape balls, then flatten if a flat cookie is desired. (I did not flatten the ones in the photos.) Bake 8-9 minutes in the middle rack. (As it states on my Recipe Troubleshooting page, you should always bake in the middle rack with my recipes, unless otherwise stated.) The cookies should look undercooked when you take them out, which is completely okay: they will continue cooking as they cool. Don’t try to remove them from the tray for another 15-20 minutes.

*View Quinoa Cookies Nutrition Facts*

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Questions of the Day:

Did you watch Sesame Street as a kid? And did you have a favorite character?

Given our shared love of chocolate-chip cookies and the color blue, it should come as no surprise that Cookie Monster was my favorite. (Still is!) I also secretly liked Oscar the Grouch because I believed him to be misunderstood. The poor guy probably just needed a cookie…


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Published on February 26, 2014

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  1. becauseHeloves! says

    Awesome! I love quinoa and chocolate, so combining them into a cookie would be so cool! I just got done making coconut chocolate chip cookies 🙂

  2. Marci says

    These cookies look delicious. Definitely trying them.
    I bake often with gluten free flour and have learned to shake down the flour to the desired measure – I know this is the complete opposite of baking with regular flour. Do you shake down your gluten free flours or measure the usual way ie avoiding shaking down. Thanks!

  3. Kristen says

    Hi Katie! I love your recipes! I just want to confirm that this one bakes at 310, and not 350 (or 300). I bought a lot of quinoa flour recently and will make good use of it with these cookies. Thanks!

  4. Belle says

    Too funny!

    I liked Grover but I think Snuffeluffagus was my absolute favorite! He never got enough screen time for my satisfaction.

    I’m going to have to give these cookies a try- they look yummy and healthy!

  5. Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan says

    Ahh, Katie (or should I say Cookie Monster?!)! You have officially made me super excited to run out to the store (in this NYC snow) and buy some quinoa flour! These look too yummy. Now the real question is… can you do the cookie monster voice? 😉

  6. EVA says

    HOLY MOSES look at those chips! I’m totally making these but I have a question about the quinoa: do you think tri-color quinoa would work? Specifically Trader Joe’s brand, if you need further investigation. It has white and red quinoa, and I know red quinoa is nuttier and firmer in texture than white.

    Also I LOVED Sesame Street. I was actually watching it every morning before school well into my freshman year of high school haha….one is never too old to learn. I always liked Telly, with his bi-gender hamster Chucky Sue. Just how sad and crazy he looked always made me want to take him home as a pet. And sadly I’m talking about Telly, but Chucky Sue would’ve gotten along great with my hamster.

  7. Heidi Lynn says

    Cookie monster all the way!

    Does anyone make quinoa flour in a vita mix? Just thought of that, but unsure because of needing to rinse quinoa before cooking.

    • Michelle says

      Hi! I’ve never made my own, but your question made me curious so I looked it up. Most homemade quinoa flour recipes recommend toasting the quinoa before grinding it into a flour. So, basically you can rinse it, pat it dry or let it air dry, then toast it in the oven for ten minutes (which would get rid of any excess moisture), and then grind it in a coffee grinder or food processor. It sounds like a Vitamix would work as well, although I couldn’t find a recipe that calls for one specifically. All of the recipes I did find for making quinoa flour were very similar, but here’s an example:

      Hope that helps 🙂

      • Cait says

        I tried this “homemade” quinoa flour as described above with a food processor. The consistency of the flour turned out fine, but still slightly gritty. The cookies turned out great!

  8. Madison @ Eating For Balance says

    We didn’t really watch Sesame Street growing up. The first time I ever saw it was while I was sitting with my dad in the waiting room of an auto repair shop. Haha. I was much more interested in Barney or Dragon Tales 🙂 I’m not sure I could pick my favorite Sesame Street character if I tried! Cookie Monster is pretty awesome (have you seen the adorable Pinterest cookie monster cupcakes? Oh my goodness those things are cute!). Well, we did have a Tickle Me Elmo when I was younger… So I’ll go with Elmo! 🙂 Now that I say that though… Why did we have an Elmo if we never watched the show? 😆 Haha.

  9. Sahar Massoudian says

    Hi Katie! Do you think I could substitute dates or stevia for the sugar? I figure stevia would be easier in terms of compensating for texture. Thanks!

  10. Lisa @bitesforbabies says

    I just bought a huge bag of quinoa flakes and was thinking to whip up a recipe with them…I’m assuming if I add them to a cookie recipe I can just blend them until fine and substitute for regular quinoa flour, right?

  11. Lisa @ Simple Pairings says

    From a fellow Cookie Monster, these look incredible! I’ve thought about experimenting with quinoa in cookies, and yours look awesome! Love the big chocolate chips, too. Your photographs are beautiful, by the way! 🙂

  12. Steph says

    Loved sesame street- my fav was always big bird- he was just so big and fluffy and I liked his striped legs 🙂 Cookie monster was awesome too! Didn’t they try and make him veggie monster once? Worst. Idea. Ever.
    The cookies look awesome, I love that you included quinoa- delish!

  13. Out Of The Hat says

    I never really liked Sesame Street, I always felt that the learning stuff was too slow and repetitive. Apparently I was the kid that shocked all the teachers by actually answering questions at all, let alone correctly, in the two year old class at my morning preschool! I always liked Winnie the Pooh though, and Eeyore was surprisingly cheerful considering how often his tail came off and his house fell down, so I liked him a lot.

    And I like these cookies, they look like cookie dough balls, so I can feel sneaky while eating them! 😉

  14. Maria says

    I just made these last night. I can’t do white/refined sugar, so I only used coconut sugar and Xylitol. I added unsweetened “cocoa” powder to make them more chocolatey. They came out great! Although the quinoa flavor was a bit on the strong side. You think it would be possible to make these with almond/coconut flour?

  15. Jeannie says

    Realized that I don’t believe I’ve ever really commenting, despite frequenting your blog for the past couple years…wanted to let you know that I made these as well, and they turned out delicious! Very strange yellow color, but I believe that was the fault of my quinoa of choice – going to go for a chocolate&chocolate version next, like some of your other readers have already done! Thank you for always coming up with such creative recipes.

  16. Tzevai says

    These look great.! I’m rubbish at making normal cookies but I think even I might be able to get these to turn out ok. Hah! I’m trying to cut my wheat intake down too so these are perfect!

  17. Jan Hub says

    These cookies look amazing and I am sure cookie monster would love to eat them as well! I was wondering though if I could make them with this health bar I recently discovered,this gluten-free energy bar is made by Nouri, a company which implements social entrepreneurship and gives one meal for one child for every product they sell. I really want to support their cause and I was wondering if I would be able to use them to make guilt-free and gluten-free cookies.

  18. Nazarati says

    I’m that odd one who decided to make them with actual COOKED quinoa – we had some leftover, and my husband was requesting a hearty cookie for the morning (he’s a Baha’i and currently in his month of fasting) but without nuts, which he’s slightly allergic to. They actually turned out great and oddly enough have a peanut taste to them, which with the chocolate chips makes them even yummier! I used 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa instead of 1/2 cup quinoa flour, and because the dough was way too runny to make them into cookies, I added chick pea flour until it thickened enough to roll into balls. The cooked quinoa gives is a slight mini-crunch which is quite delicious.

  19. Rach says

    I love this recipe! I think this might be one of my favourites. I was just wondering though whether I could use erythritol instead of xylitol? Do you think xylitol is a better alternative to sugar? Is it healthier than erythritol?

  20. Rob says

    I just made these and they are delicious! I made my own quinoa flour. (Toast quinoa on a skillet for a few minutes then put in a food processor until powdered.) The flour was a little grainy thus the cookies were crunchy (AWESOME!) I let them cool for a few minutes but couldn’t resist and ate them while they were still gooey.

  21. Melody says


    Thanks for the awesome recipe, I just made these..

    However, I doubled the recipe and used a mix of quinoa flour, coconut flour and corn flour, used coconut sugar, panela sugar and raw sugar, used butter instead of coconut oil (roughly same about… A little bit extra!) and pure vanilla powder rather than extract… Also used coconut chocolate and almond milk, and they came out beautifully!

    They’re very very soft and chewy, so thanks again for the recipe!


    P.s… I hate Sesame Street 🙁

  22. Jessica says

    I used Bob’s Red Mill organic quinoa flour and can tast the bitterness of the quinoa. It’s not bad but I’m wondering if I’ve used the wrong flour or if I can do something to mask the bitterness of the quinoa flour.

  23. Lauren says

    These cookies are delicious! Thank you for the recipe. I sprinkled the tops with sea salt, which was a really nice touch. I was pleasantly surprised at how little you can taste the quinoa.

  24. jacklyn says

    hi Katie, first off, LOVE your recipes, I think I post one everyday to fb!

    Second, for this recipe, do you use cooked quinoa and then a bit of quinoa flour? Or is it all quinoa flour? If I don’t have quinoa flour what can I use instead? cooked quinoa?

  25. Aparna B. says

    Loooove the sound of this recipe. Stumbled upon your blog from another blogger I follow who had nothing but incredibly nice things to say about your blog. Now I can see why!

    I do have one question regarding this recipe: Is the quinoa measurement cooked quinoa or dry?

    Thank you!

  26. Lily says

    Thank you for this recipe!
    I actually lowered the amount of sugar in the recipe and it still came out really wonderfully sweet. I kept the amount of coconut sugar the same, and then halved the amount of white sugar, and nobody complained or even noticed the difference!
    I love that they are gluten free as well.
    Thank you!

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