Quinoa Cookies with Coconut & Chocolate Chunks

By • August 19, 2013 • 40 Comments



Author Notes: These cookies are the most popular recipe I've ever posted on my blog! The quinoa adds an awesomely nutty, chewy crunch and {healthy} boost of texture to your average cookie. I couldn't get over that chewy crunch! Be sure to plan ahead, the quinoa needs to be cooked and cooled before mixing up the dough. Also, buy yourself a bag of desiccated coconut -- it's totally worth it. I use it in everything (Bob's Redmill is the brand I use). (Side note: these cookies are NOT gluten-free.)
http://lovesfoodlovestoeat.blogspot.com/2012/04/quinoa-cookies-with-coconut-chocolate.html

This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/almond-cranberry-quinoa-cookies. I've changed it quite a bit, omitting oats, and subbing out the main flavors: fruits and almonds, for chocolate and coconut.
Loves Food Loves to Eat

Food52 Review: WHO: Loves Food Loves to Eat is a self-described food-fanatic eating her way through Seattle.
WHAT: A cookie that one-ups the rest in our repertoire, on account of virtuousness.
HOW: You know this drill -- just cream, mix, and bake.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Of course we love these cookies because the quinoa makes us feel like we can eat more than one, but even better is the chewy texture and earthy flavor it brings to them. They're different than your average chocolate chip, and that's exactly why we love them.
A&M

Makes about 24 cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1/2 cup dessiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter, sugars, and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract, and mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.
  4. Mix in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in quinoa, coconut, and chocolate.
  5. Plop spoon size balls of dough onto sheets an inch or so apart, and bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
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5 months ago cheapchef

I'm always looking for new ways to make quinoa and incorporating it into cookies seems so smart!
The Cheap Chef

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5 months ago Michele

These cookies are not vegan. They are in the vegan collection on the website

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5 months ago linda

We LOVED these cookies! I used 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 cup dark coconut sugar, and did add some pecans and dried cherries to the second half of the batch. It's a GREAT recipe! Thank you!

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5 months ago Lori C James

Yum_can't wait until this week-end so my grand-daughter & I can whip up a batch! Thinking about adding dried cherries & pecans.

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5 months ago tiptoesinthekitchen

Just made these because I was curious and am trying to be good! They were so pleasantly surprising! : )

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6 months ago trc1955

I purchased some bulk quinoa and have no clue how to make it. I have a rice cooker; can I use it for quinona ~ 1 c. quinona 1 c. water? Thanks!

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6 months ago EFF

Can you substitute the whole wheat flour with a gluten free all purpose flour?

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6 months ago Jane

Do you have nutritional information on these gorgeous cookies? Thanks!

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6 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Jane, I haven't calculated it out myself, but a reader on my blog commented: "Awesome cookie! Made them tonight with a friend! She calculated aprx. 113 calories per cookie (we had 31 cookies from the batch). The entire batch was around 3500 calories - had to use sweetened coconut (couldn't find desiccated) and had milk choc chips."
So, I can't guarantee this is accurate, but I suppose it's a start :)

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6 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

On that note... they're still cookies, with all the sugary, buttery, calorie-laden ingredients in regular choco chip cookies, but while you're indulging, you can also get a good dose of fiber and protein!

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6 months ago Vivian

Can't wait to try these! My husband doesn't like coconut though, can I just leave it out or should I replace it with something else?

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6 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

You could just leave it out, or if your family likes nuts, try adding some chopped nuts!

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10 months ago Beth Trudell

I don't know what desiccated coconut is.

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8 months ago Debbie

Hi Beth, desiccated coconut is just coconut flakes that have been completely dried out :)

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6 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I like the Bob's Redmill brand (also labeled "unsweetened shredded coconut"). Dessicated coconut usually comes in smaller little shreds versus big flaked pieces, and is totally dry, unlike the sweetened shredded coconut that you can find next to the chocolate chips at the grocery store (ie: Mounds brand)

Stringio

10 months ago Claire Atkinson

I'm gonna try this on the weekend for sure! looks brilliant! :)

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11 months ago Beata

I've just made these and they are really yummy. I only had wholemeal spelt flour and it worked like a charm. Thank you!

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11 months ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Many congrats on your win! I'm making them as soon as I can. I love, love, love the way they sound, and I'm always looking for new fun ways to use quinoa!

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11 months ago emily

YUM!! Made these yesterday and gobbled up THREE as soon as they came out of the oven. Kids loved them, workmates loved them, EVERYONE loves them!!

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11 months ago Trees

Just made a vegan version of these! I replaced the butter with coconut oil and the eggs with 6 tablespoons of rice milk. I also refrigerated the batter for a while before baking. They're very soft and delicious (and obviously perfect for coconut lovers)!

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11 months ago Violetnicole

Could I make these gluten free?

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11 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I haven't tried it, but a reader on my blog said brown rice flour works great!

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11 months ago Amber Gallagher

I've been looking for a way to get the kids to eat quinoa again, they get picky as they get older. I'll try to adapt for gf. I laughed at your answers, because I'd answer so similarly. My mixer is the best appliance ever, I'll wash dishes by hand all day to avoid unloading the dishwasher. We had a huge garden and bees, always had the strange vegetarian, homemade lunch. Now living in Chicago. Anyhow, thanks!

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11 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks! A reader on my blog said brown rice flour works great in these for a GF alternative. That's so funny about the dishwasher... I love loading it though!

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11 months ago QueenSashy

Congrats on your win, such a creative use of quinoa and I cannot wait to try it!

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11 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks! I'm still obsessing over your cauliflower!!

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11 months ago Lynn D.

These look delicious.

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11 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks!

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11 months ago Anya Ziomkowski

Nice job! Love these cookies!

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11 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks!!