Quinoa Flour Cookies [Gluten Free]

Healthy desserts can stir up a bit of a debate. In one camp, there are the advocates for the full-on indulgent treats (“moderation” is the name of the game over here) and in the other camp, you have the health-ifed recipes so you can enjoy a treat when ever you want it. Personally, I kind of like both of these approaches. Sometimes I want the real deal. I want a scoop of full fat chocolate almond chip ice cream. But then sometimes. I’m satisfied with a scoop of Halo Top or a bowl of banana “ice cream”. Truthfully, I think it’s all about what you’re craving. The great thing about these quinoa flour cookies is that I truly think it tastes like a regular cookie. Sure, it’s made with quinoa flour and it’s gluten free, but it has real sugar, eggs (with the yolk!) and chocolate chips, so you’re not skimping on the ingredients. I’d like to think of this as a real cookie with a healthy twist.

quinoa cookie bites

So enough with the debate, let’s get into the recipe for these quinoa flour cookies! I adapted this recipe from the Tone It Up quinoa breakfast cookie which I’d also recommend, especially if you’re looking for more of a healthy snack and less of a dessert.

Quinoa Flour Cookies [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Combine the quinoa flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut sugar in a bowl.
  3. Stir in the eggs and coconut oil until combined.
  4. Add in chocolate chips.
  5. These cookies won't really spread, so shape them into a ball and then flatten slightly.
  6. Bake on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent them from sticking to the pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. (Check the bottoms, those will brown first!)

Note: If you’re having trouble finding quinoa flour, check the gluten free section of the grocery store.

quinoa chocolate chip cookie bites

These quinoa flour cookies have a super soft and fluffy texture. It’s almost like a cross between a cookie and a muffin. You could also add in almonds, walnuts, or coconut flakes if you wanted to add a little more texture!

quinoa flour cookies

You could also make them bigger if you like but I wanted to keep them bite sized. Perfect for a little sweet craving. (Or if you’re like me, you can throw a few of these in your purse when you’re on the go!) If you love a soft baked cookie, you have to try these.

This healthy quinoa flour cookies taste just like a soft baked chocolate chip cookie! They're gluten free, healthy, and delicious!

What do you think: healthy desserts, moderation, or a little of both?

Comments

  1. I definitely prefer a little of both. Frozen grapes are my go-to “healthy dessert”, but every now and then, I pop a s’more into the microwave. I think the best way to insure you’re going to binge on something is when you say you’re “NEVER” going to eat it again! Happy Friday! Stay warm!

  2. Cute little guys! Interesting ingredients there!

    To your question – I think you have to enjoy life and absolutely dig in to your favorite sin once in a while. Just don’t make it a regular thing. I personally would rather have a few bites of something really good than a whole thing of just a so-so dessert.

  3. Totally with you–I prefer full on indulgence AND healthified sweets. These look great!

  4. You always make the best and most unique recipes. These look really good!

  5. I must say I have had a problem to cooking with quinoa, I don’t particular care for the grain, because I think it doesn’t taste like anything. 🙂 I know that as a vegan this is a great way to introduce protein to your diet and I have been really struggling with perfect marriage between taste and quinoa. But I definitely love the idea of having an alternative flour option to the typical cookie. Thank you for sharing!

  6. These look delicious and I am so happy to see a just quinoa/other grain free flour recipe, makes grain free so much easier!

  7. We do a mix. Sometimes we have fruit and sometimes we have brownies. 🙂 I always like finding ways to lighten up recipes though, so we get good flavor and less bad stuff!

  8. These cookies look so good, Liz! & as for your question I agree with you. A little bit of both 🙂

  9. Yum, these look delicious! Moderation is the key over here too! I have coconut and almond flour right now, I wonder if that would work?

    • Ohh I don’t know! It’s worth a try! 🙂 I do have a brownie recipe made with almond flour… so I’d use the almond flour for that one 😉

  10. I definitely like having healthier desserts around. I enjoy having a snack at night and it’s often something I’ve made, so it’s usually not triple chocolate cake every night. I definitely have my fair share of the real deal, but I enjoy the healthier versions too!

  11. Putting quinoa flour on this week’s grocery list! These look/sound delish!

    And I’m totally in the healthy dessert camp when it comes to homemade stuff. Indulgent desserts are for eating out (in my mind)!

  12. i have not baked with quinoa flour so this is something i’d be up for trying!!!

  13. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, so if I have dessert I’ll usually have a little of the real thing. I’m all for healthifying desserts, though, just as long as I can’t taste the difference!

  14. I love using quinoa flour in pizza crust but have never tried in cookies! I must say, that is one awesome idea and more nutritious too 🙂

  15. I agree – a little of both!! Most definitely the way to go. These cookies look just divine. I’m a huge fan of quinoa in its cooked form, but have never used quinoa flour so am eager to try it out! Pinned!

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