Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies

Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies (@alyssarimmer)

What is it with me and oats these days? I don’t know what’s come over me, but I feel like I’m that crazy cat lady, but instead of furry friends, my life is revolving around oats. I’m literally eating them all the time and am always trying to come up with new recipes to use them in. Take these peanut butter oat and quinoa cookies as proof.

So, what gives? Why oats? First, I’ve discovered overnight oats {hello world, don’t mind me, I’ve just been living under a rock all this time} and they’re like the best things on earth. Now my go-to breakfast. Oh and I’m also making batches, upon batches of granola. Oh yeah and then when I’m lazy, I’m even just throwing raw oats onto my yogurt and calling it a day.

Am I crazed or is this obsession totally legit? My vote is for legit.

Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies (@alyssarimmer)

Right, then obviously knowing me, oats have {magically} made their way into my desserts. Just like with these insanely healthy oatmeal cookies.

Well it’s already been told (like a thousand times over), I love making healthy sweets. Because as hard as I try, that sweet tooth of mine is never, ever going away. Why not just embrace it for what it is and make the best of it? Which now means adding oats to everything, of course.

Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies (@alyssarimmer)

But then there’s the whole other side of this fabulous recipe to discuss. Peanut butter.

I could go on and on and on about how freaking amazing peanut butter is, but I’ll spare you and save that obsession for another post. Just know that when I say I love peanut butter, we’re not playing around. Peanut butter is my jam (and not the PB+J kind of jam). As in it’s the bees-knees. The creme de la creme. And when paired with oats? Mmmm, delicioso!

So, back to these Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies.

Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies (@alyssarimmer)

Like most nights, I was dying for something sweet to curl up on the couch with, and my chocolate chip peanut butter balls just weren’t going to cut it.

I wanted cookies.

Cookies that were full of peanut butter, coconut sugar, oats and quinoa flakes. Cookies that tasted like a million bucks, but wouldn’t blow my day of healthy eating out of the water. Cookies that I could eat three of and not feel guilty about it. Cookies that would be my breakfast the next day. Cookies like these.

Sweet, chewy, nutty and delicious. These peanut butter oat and quinoa cookies are just what you would imagine them to be. Full of rich peanut buttery flavor, soft but with a slight crunch from the oats, and totally full of nutrients all at the same time.

Dunked in a glass of almond milk? I was in heaven.

Peanut Butter Oat & Quinoa Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie


  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat bran
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Stevia to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. In a separate mixing bowl, beat all the wet ingredients until combined and smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Taste and add stevia until you get to your desired level of desired sweetness.
  3. Scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets (I use an ice cream scoop to do this). Flatten with the back of a wet fork and bake in the center of the oven for 13 - 15 minutes, until the cookies have started to brown and are a little crispy to the touch.
  4. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool for another 5 or 10 minutes.


If you don't follow a gluten-free diet, feel free to substitute regular rolled oats and oat bran - there will be no change in texture or flavor!


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  • Regina

    These cookies look great. I have never made cookies with quinoa but I am intrigued and will have to try this.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Quinoa flakes are great. They’re what oatmeal is to oats, but for quinoa. Enjoy!

  • Etaine

    I just tried your cookies and they are soooo delicious and crunchy ! By the way, I love your website (which I discovered few days ago !) : lots of wonderful recipes to eat healthier !

    • Queen of Quinoa

      So happy you enjoyed the cookies Etaine!! Aren’t they delicious? But they’re also healthy, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them! Glad you’re also enjoying the site :) Welcome!

  • debwitter

    Oats are highly addictive and send the blood sugar soaring much like wheat. It is another grain to stay away from. This is per Dr. William Davis author of Wheat Belly.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to do some reading about this. I’ve never heard that before, but would definitely like to learn more.

      • debwitter

        Your welcome.

        I highly recommend the book Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis. Changed my life. I was doing oat groats every morning and sprouted wheat bread, thinking it was much better. The detox since giving these up has been incredible. Per this book Gluten free is not so great because they use potato starch, rice starch and tapioca starch to replace wheat. These also send the blood sugar soaring, which causes the body to store FAT and the fat is always stored internally first before you see it externally. That is the health danger. By the time we see it, our insides are covered in fat layers.

        There you have it. Thank you for your blog as I just tried Quinoa because of you and enjoyed it very much.


  • Denise

    At the risk of sounding stupid, are quinoa flakes different than quinoa, and if so, where do you buy them???

    • Queen of Quinoa

      There’s no such thing as stupid questions (that’s what my mom always used to tell me!) :) Quinoa flakes are to quinoa what oatmeal is to oats. You can pick them up in most natural grocery stores (like wholefoods or other coops), but can also get them online. Here’s a link:

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I’m kind of scared of quinoa after cooking it plain once and finding it awful, but flakes… this sounds like something I could try! The cookies look magical and sound awesome. I guess I need to try to find some quinoa flakes. :)

    • Queen of Quinoa

      You must give quinoa another shot :) It’s such an awesome ingredient and it’s so healthy!! Quinoa flakes are great as well – they’re awesome in baked goods, but also just as tasty in granola or eaten like oatmeal. Mmmm!

  • Tummy Tickler

    Great taste! I didn’t have quinoa flakes, so I cooked some quinoa and blended it into a thick paste. I also didn’t have oat bran, so I blended some steel-cut oats into a coarse flour. I doubled the sugar :)
    They are delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Quinoa paste is such a good idea! I wonder what else you could use that for. I’m thinking it would be a nice replacement for some fat in recipes perhaps. Or could help thicken up sauces / soups. Glad you enjoyed them!! xo Alyssa

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  • Theresa

    Finally got around to trying these and they are awesome! I did tweak a bit since I didn’t have a few ingredients on hand but wanted to pass along in case others in same boat. As many have said, quinoa “flakes” are still not the easiest to acquire so I used cooked quinoa instead (having found it a wonderful ingredient for fluffy pancakes). I also didnt happen to have oat bran on hand so I just used whole wheat flour since I’m not avoiding gluten but still love a heathy cookie. I also can’t resist throwing unsweetened coconut flakes or flax meal in anything. So, one could argue its a totally different recipie but I’d say it’s just proof it’s a great base that you can tweak any way you like and it’s a good cookie. No stevia needed. (Oh, and used loose brown sugar for coconut sugar). I’m trying hard to not eat them all before morning but it’s not looking promising. ;). Will have to make another batch for the freezer. Made your pb breakfast cookies earlier in the week as written but omitted the chocolate chips because I’m trying to dial down the chocolate in take. They were a little bland without them but then I came to like the simplicity of them. Great website! Keep’em comin. I find I like quinoa better for baking than eating as part of a meal.

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