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October 27, 2016

by Alyssa

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

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These apple pie quinoa breakfast cookies are a great way to start the day. Packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, they're sweet, satisfying and tasty!

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- sweetened with maple syrup, packed with fiber & healthy fats!

With October slowly coming to a close, I think it's about time we have this month's quinoa breakfast cookie, don't you? This month I decided to keep it very seasonal and share an apple pie themed breakfast cookie!

So far we've had a few pie-themed cookies, like the Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and last month's Pecan Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, and apple was the logical next step. Especially since I'm sitting in Vermont right now, surrounded by fall foliage, with a basket of local apples sitting on the counter. Pretty much the ultimate fall treat!

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- sweetened with maple syrup, packed with fiber & healthy fats!

Two things I'm most excited about when it comes to this month's cookie flavor:

1. We're using peanut butter, and apples & peanut butter is hands down my fave snack in the entire world

and 2. they're BANANA FREE!

APPLE PIE QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES -- they taste like apple pie but are healthy! high in fiber, protein and healthy fats, they're the perfect way to start your day!

I think that deserves to be in all caps because you guys have been asking for a banana free alternative for months and now I'm finally getting around to it.

And guess what? I'm also realizing you can totally swap applesauce for bananas in ALL the other breakfast cookie flavors (except for maybe the Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies because banana is a key flavor). Hooray!

APPLE PIE QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES -- they taste like apple pie and are the perfect way to start your day!

This time around, I'm also giving you a few substitution options too. And honestly, this goes for pretty much every breakfast cookie flavor so far!

  • Use flaxseed eggs for vegan or regular eggs for a non-vegan option
  • Use banana instead of applesauce for a sweeter cookie (though, less apple flavor of course)
  • Any nut/seed butter can be used
  • Any liquid sweetener can also be used (honey would be delicious here)
  • Use quick cooking oats instead of quinoa flakes if you can't find them

APPLE PIE QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES -- they taste like apple pie and are the perfect way to start your day!

And with that, I'll leave you to a) make these and b) vote on next month's flavor!

We only have two months left, but I have a few options that I'm considering. Which sounds best to you for November?

  • Mocha Chocolate Chip
  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Cranberry Orange
  • or your choice!

Leave your top two flavors the comments below and we'll make it happen!

xo Alyssa

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- sweetened with maple syrup, packed with fiber & healthy fats!

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Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Tasty cookies for breakfast on the go
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 108kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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4.50 from 4 votes



  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg, nut butter, applesauce and syrup, until completely smooth. Fold in the dry ingredients. Once combined, fold in the apples.
  • Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains. Gently flatten with your fingers.
  • Bake cookies on the center rack for 13 - 15 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.


To make a flax egg, whisk together 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons warm water.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg



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  1. Finally got around to making these! I’m always looking for plant based food to share with others. They are super delicious and just as addictive as any cookie we’ve ever made in the past! With all the little kids running around, I should have made more!

  2. OK, so I’m guessing the part in step 3 about making a well in the center of the cookie and putting the pecan mixture in it is from the pecan pie breakfast cookie and shouldn’t be in this recipe.

  3. Cran/Orange and love the Gingerbread idea and the coconut almond choc chip. I’m also not a mocha person at all. How about a sweet potato, cinnamon, raisin. Thank you. Actually finally going to make these, hopefully and along with your Spring Minestrone soup, tonight. Will see how much gets done!

  4. Hello, I’m wondering what you mean by pressed apples, also, in step 4 it says something about a pecan mixture but I don’t see anything listed in the ingredient list about pecans. Thank you!

  5. One question on the cookie recipe, when you say measure the grated apple after “pressing”, are you saying to squeeze the liquid from the grated apples and then measure? Thanks.

    And, I vote for the cranberry orange flavor!

  6. Just made these, delicious! Just sweet enough to satisfy. The recipe seems to develop an alter ego halfway thru directions though, as it calls for spooning 1 to 2 tsps of pecan mixture into center wells.

    I vote for 1.Cranberry orange, 2. Cinnamon raisin, and also jumping on the gingerbread for December request bandwagon!!

    Hope you have a marvelous time in Thailand, looking forward to seeing how it influences your recipes!


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