Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies {guest post}

#GlutenFree Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies --> click through for recipe: www.simplyquinoa.comI’m very excited to have Kelly, from Nosh and Nourish with us today! I got to know Kelly after I stumbled on her blog a while ago and absolutely fell in love with her recipes. Her story also really inspired me (I think she’s so brave to put it all out there like that) and I’m glad that she’s been able to share her passion for healthy living with all of us. You’re going to love her recipe for quinoa chocolate chip cookies, and I can’t wait for you to meet her. Let’s get to it!

Let me introduce myself! I’m Kelly, the author, recipe creator, and food photographer behind the healthy living / cooking blog “Nosh and Nourish.” I’ve struggled with weight for my entire adult life, but finally decided life was too short to live perpetually unhappy. I lost over 50 pounds, and have maintained my “new normal” of veggie juices, smaller portions, and less sugar for almost two years. I love incorporating nourishing super foods into every meal for my hubby, adorable toddler, and myself (think quinoa, greek yogurt, chickpeas, greek yogurt, chickpeas, kale, blueberries, etc…) and I manage to keep everything tasting absolutely delicious!

I’m so glad that Alyssa gave me the opportunity to share with you today! Of course I’ll be sharing one of my quinoa recipes with you.  So without further ado, let me introduce you to these fabulous Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies.

#GlutenFree Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies --> click through for recipe: www.simplyquinoa.com

Perfectly soft, decadent, chocolate-y and buttery, and yet packed with a protein punch from all that quinoa! This classic cookie got a well deserved makeover. Don’t you want to just eat that cookie right off the screen?!

I of course, shared a just-out-of-the-oven pic on Instagram. I love posting process pictures of new recipes, so be sure to follow me on IG if you want to see the behind-the-scenes action!

#GlutenFree Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies --> click through for recipe: www.simplyquinoa.com

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies {guest post}

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies {guest post}


  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cooked quinoa, honey, almond milk, butter, and coconut sugar in a food processor. Blend on high until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients to food processor, except the chocolate chips.
  4. Blend until combined.
  5. Remove cookie dough from food processor and stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  6. Place 1.5 inch dough balls on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. Then, devour!

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  • Cheryl

    Sadly I’m allergic to rice. Yes my life sucks. :( Not sure there are any subs for rice flour either.

    • Laura

      You can substitute rice flour. In baking look at protein and fat and carb count of the flour and find another similar. Corn flour, pea flour, potato starch, tapioca, garfava flour, when you start digging you will find 20 different alternatives to rice. Rice is just the easiest to find and cheapest which is why it is the goto replacement.

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        Thanks for all the info Laura. Super helpful!! xo

    • Angela

      I’m also allergic to rice…and to most other “gluten free” flours. I have not found any good substitutions either – I’ve pretty much given up on eating baked goods.

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        What flours do work for you?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Sure are! You could use an all purpose GF flour that didn’t use rice. I think you could also try sorghum, millet, or quinoa with a blend of a starch. Definitely some options. I encourage you to experiment!

  • http://FACEBOOK Meri Levine

    Love this but I’m also a fan of using what I have in the house. I wonder what difference RAW SUGAR and ALMOND FLOUR might have

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Raw sugar would be fine, but almond flour might be a little tricky. You’d have to do some experimenting to get them right with just almond flour. It’s very different than other gluten-free flours.

  • nancy

    what about almond flour or cocomut flour ~

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Unfortunately, I don’t think either of those flours will work at the same proportions. You’d need to do some major adjusting to get them to work right for you. Sorry those are just the two most temperamental flours out there.

  • Kathleen

    What are sugars per cookie I am diabetic & trying to lose weight but miss my treats do u have some for diabetics?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I actually don’t calculate the nutritional value of my recipes, but there are lots of online calculators that will do that for you :) Just do a quick Google search and they should come up. Good luck!

    • Laura

      Xylitol is a great sugar substitute one for one for any sugar. Then for the honey walden farms makes a calorie free honey. I like xylitol because it doesn’t cause the stomach upset that Maltitol does.

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        Thanks for the tips Laura, many of us appreciate it! :)

  • Jayne

    Was wondering if you can substitute the butter with apple sauce and the rice flour with coconut flour? Any thoughts.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I think you could probably replace part of the butter with applesauce (I’d try half to start with). But for the flours, coconut flour would definitely not work. At least not in these proportions. You’d have to play around with the amount of coconut flour if you try. I would say swap the rice for another, similar gluten-free flour (sorghum, quinoa, millet, etc.). Hope that helps!

      • Marsha

        FYI: I just made these cookies. I had to substitute 1 1/2 C white rice flour & 1 C Quinoa flour. Unfortunately, they are too crumbly & fall apart when you pick them up. I guess next time I’ll either get some brown rice flour or add a tsp of Xanthum to help bind it together. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough mini chocolate chips either so I used half chips & half cherry Craisens. They taste great but fall apart too easily. Oh we’ll, I’ll just have to eat them with a spoon! Or better yet, crumble them in a bowl with a scoop of ice cream on top!

        • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

          Thanks for the tip Marsha. It sounds like you could have used a binder in there. I’m guessing it was a combo of the flours that gave you that result, but I do LOVE the idea of sprinkling it over ice cream. I wish I had a bowl in front of me right now :)

  • Asha

    love your choc cookies, but what is coconut sugar pls. thank you.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Coconut sugar is the sugar made from coconut. If you can’t find it, you can substitute for just regular brown sugar :)

  • suzanne

    These look great ….i am really looking forward to trying them! Remember, too, that if you oil [or butter] your measuring cup before putting in the honey, you will be amazed at how easily the honey comes out. :>)

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks for the tip! xo

  • Sarah

    I made these cookies last night and WOW! They are incredible! I made a couple tweaks for my own taste; reduced the honey to 1/4 cup and reduced the coconut sugar to 1/2 cup. The cookies are plenty sweet, even with the reductions. Also, I increased the flour to 2 1/2 of a gluten-free mix. I can’t wait to make another batch!

    • http://www.water-and-oil.com Sarah

      An update: I made another batch and included 1 tsp of xanthan gum, which I had forgotten the first time. With the xanthan gum, I only needed 2 cups of the flour. I did a mix of 1/2 quinoa flour and 1 1/2 cups of the gluten-free mix my family makes. Perfecto! The cookies are a big hit. Thank you so much!

      • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

        I’m thrilled you and your family is enjoying this recipe, Sarah! Woo hoo!! You can never go wrong with a batch of chocolate chip cookies – they always brighten my day :)

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Yay!! So happy that you liked them! And thanks for the substitutions :)

  • Amy Leaves

    Can I use all purpose gluten free flour instead of brown rice flour?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Yes! Another reader has done that and reported that it worked out perfectly :) Enjoy them!

  • Traci

    What can you use instead of brown rice flour? I have non and need a substitute!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I think you could try using an all purpose flour. You could try a mix of quinoa / tapioca starch. Or sorghum would work I think. Good luck!

  • ANa

    I made the cookies and they tasted awesome but I would like to know how many calories per cookies?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Ana, I’m thrilled you like the cookies :) I actually don’t calculate the nutritional value of all of my recipes, but there are tons of online tools you can use for free. Just a quick Google search will turn some up for you. Good luck!

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  • Jodi

    Hi….I have all of the ingredients for this, butt no food processor. Will my kitchen aid mixer or blender do the trick?

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I’d say go for the mixer!

  • Roxanne

    Made just like the recipe. Taste and smells great, but a little too crumbly. Any tip? I did bake them on parchment paper. Not sure if that could have been the reason. I would like them with a little more of a crunch.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hmmm….I’m not too sure. It could be a number of things, but I suggest just adding a little gum next time you make them – xanthan or guar gum. I think that will help them bind together some more.

  • Erica

    I made this recipe & followed the directions as ordered! As a result here is some nutrition information for the batch I made. With my scoops I yield 21 cookies! Per cookie:

    229 Calories
    9g Fat
    18.2g Sugar
    37.8g Carbs
    2.5g Protein
    2.9g Fiber

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you Erica!

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  • Saying out

    Oh yes, chocolate.
    Keep this coming. I am putting extra chocolate powder in as I have bought another thinking I had none. Health shop has new brand so I will have to compare them won’t I?

  • Saying out

    Thank you for all the tips sent in I just love to see them and I learn so much that I share with two online too!

  • Leanna Williams

    Ok just tried these…the only sub I did was used a dairy free margarine instead of the butter. Are they supposed to be so fragile? Does the quinoa need to be cooled first?