Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Inspired-Housewife:  Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free and Vegan}
I am not a big fan of sweets, but there is nothing I love better than a tall glass of milk and a really chewy, moist, and yummy cookie.  To me the perfect cookie must have chocolate chips and a nice subtle flavor.  The other day my son Tristan asked me to make some cookies, and I love to bake and make fun treats with my kids, so I did.

I had some leftover plain cooked quinoa needing to be used that day, and I figured why not try to make a cookie with quinoa.  I know, two quinoa posts in one week could promote it a little too much, but I told you in my burger patty recipe how much I love quinoa!  Another ingredient I also love to cook with is rolled oats.  I make my kids oatmeal nearly every morning for breakfast, and I always add some brown sugar and butter.  Are you hungry yet?   Good because this cookie recipe I came up with is out of this world!

I have an energy ball recipe I love and used that flavor combination as a base.  If you love chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut you will love these quinoa coconut chocolate chip peanut butter gluten free and vegan healthier cookies.

Inspired-Housewife:  Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free and Vegan}

Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked quinoa (2/3 uncooked quinoa with 1 1/3 cups of water read instructions on your box or bag on how to cook)

1 cup of certified gluten free rolled oats (or you can use regular if you are not gluten free)

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter

1/4 cup of honey

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/4 cup of ground flax seed

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (omit if you used salty peanut butter)

1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I only happened to have white chocolate, but any chocolate chip will do!  Make sure if you use chocolate chips you use ones that are vegan friendly or use  raisins instead, the cookie would be vegan)

Parchment paper and a cookie sheet

Makes 10-15 depending on size you make them.

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

In a medium bowl, first mix the honey, peanut butter, shredded coconut, salt, and flax seed.  Add in the rolled oats and quinoa half a cup at a time and mix until you have wonderful sticky mess in your bowl.  Take the chocolate chips or raisins if you want and mix those in.

Take about the size of a heaping tall tablespoon size of cookie dough and roll it into a ball.  Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper then use the bottom of a glass to flatten out your cookie or else they will stay in the shape of a ball.

Bake your cookies for 15-18 minutes or until the bottoms of your cookies are a lovely golden brown.  Place on a wire rack to cool and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these gluten free cookies as much as I did and now I one more reason to love quinoa.

 

XOXO

Amee

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  1. Tania says

    this recipe sounded interesting so I am giving it a whirl … I did some subbing almond butter for PB (I have two young children) agave for honey added hemp and chai seeds and bran because I had no flax !!! also added one and half banana … so excited to try one … so far finger licking good :)

      • Tania says

        these turned out fantastic !! my 10 month old loves them cant wait for the rest of the family to try them …. next on the menu is the burgers !! my sister sent me this link hoping that I would try them ( I will try making anything ) … anything to try and live happier and healthier ☺

        • says

          Yeah sounds good send me what you did exactly to my e-mail inspiredhousewifeblog at gmail dot com would love to try your version too. :) Amee

  2. Kellie says

    I am going to try these tonight. I am currently doing weight watchers. I have lost 50 pounds and I have a cookie exchange. I am dieing to find a cookie that will represent my new life style. I will let you know how mine turn out later this evening. I am very excited to try these. Not sure how many this receipe makes but if I can get 48 cookies they will be 1 point each other wise they will be 2 points.

    • says

      Hi Kellie,

      Congrats on making a healthier lifestyle change and losing 50 pounds!! YOU SERIOUSLY ROCK!!!! My hubby in the last two years has lost that much weight and I know how hard it can be not to give up and then to keep the lifestyle.

      The cookies make 10-15 depending on the size you make them. They are really good and I think they will be a hit. Cannot wait to see what you thought of them. You could also use raisins in them if you need them even healthier too.

      Congrats and well done on your weight loss.

      Hugs,

      Amee

      • Kellie says

        Good morning Amee,

        I made close to 40 last night. I used a teaspoon and made the balls. Are these cookies suppose to be all crunch or did I cook them too long? They are very delicous and I am going to share with my family and my inlaws today for more feed back. I will let you know what they all say tonight. Rasins a good idea but I like the chocolate. I could also use PB2 which is a powered peanutbutter and it has 85% less fat then real peanutbutter. I will warn you if you have not tried PB2 it is not as sweet as real peanubutter. It taste like a straight up peanut.

        Congrats to you and your husband on the weight loss. So other this I do now is we are a noodless spagetti family. I use spagetti squash or brocoli slaw in place of the noodles. Then you have guiltless spagetti.

        Hugs and happy thanksgiving,
        Kellie

        • Kellie says

          Amee,

          Just found out that they are not as crunchy when they sit over night. Thanks for the receipe!! I do believe these will be my cookie echange cookie this year. I am excited to see everyone because noone has seen me since dec last year nor lossing the 50 so far.

        • says

          Hi Kellie,

          Sounds like you might have over cooked by a minute or two because they are chewy not crunchy. I would store them in the refrigerator as well for longer shelf life.

          Never heard heard of the PB2 I will have to check it out so thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

          :) Amee

  3. Kellie says

    The entire family liked them I do not think the quinoa was cooked properly! What is the shelf life of the cookie do you know? Just curious since you said to refridge the cookies.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving
    Kellie

    • says

      Your quinoa should be fluffy and not stick together if cooked right. You could always pre-soak your quinoa like beans over night. The quinoa will sprout and then you cook it half the time with half the water after that. As a general rule I always store all my baked goods and bread in the fridge because when cooking with gluten free flours they tend to last longer. I do not think the cookies would be good longer than three days if not refrigerated, but that is my guess as I have never left them out.

      An example, the bread I make will last over a week in the fridge, but if I leave it out within three days it is molding.

      We did have a fabulous Thanksgiving my hubby and I cooked our pants off and then our kids refused to eat it. :) Oh well more turkey for us yum!

      :)
      Amee

      • Kellie says

        I remade them last night and the are chewy this time. The batch the quinoa was not cooked right. First batch I used chocolate chips this batch is white chips. Like the milk chocolate better. I rocked 8 dozen for the cookie exchange so these cookies are 1point each. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

        • says

          Hi Kellie,

          Yeah glad they turned out better for you and only 1 point that is great to know. I tried to make a healthy cookie and it appears I did. Thank you for the feedback and have a Happy Holidays. Amee

          • Kellie says

            Amee,

            Kellie again. I am going to make your cookies again tonight for my weight watchers open house tomorrow. I am also a speaker tomorrow. I am so excited to say all the cool healthy I have learned in the last 11 months and I have dropped 54 pounds already. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

            • says

              Well what a nice surprise to hear from you again! Congrats again on your weightloss it is a journey for sure. Thank you again for your feedback of my cookies I am so happy they are so yummy and healthy.

              My hubby and I are trying to cook as clean and healthy as we can for our kids to be better examples than what the world is showing them. Good luck on your talk and I hope everyone loves the cookies as much as you do.

              Hugs,

              Amee

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