Start your day with these tasty chocolate peanut butter quinoa breakfast cookies! They're gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened and actually good for you!
Wow friends, we're more than halfway throughout quinoa breakfast cookie marathon and I have seriously LOVED seeing all your creations. And I've had a ton of fun creating all the flavors.
Most of them have been on the fruitier side of things (like the Blueberry Muffin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies), but today we're headed into breakfast-for-dessert territory. And you know what? This is hands down the best flavor combo on the planet.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER. Yep, we're making some healthy peanut butter quinoa breakfast cookies WITH chocolate. (and yes, it deserves all caps because…it's chocolate + peanut butter)
The Ultimate Breakfast Cookie Recipe
I was waffling between flavors this month, leaning towards the Raspberry Lemon ones that I've mentioned before, but realized that I was a bit late in the game for that summery flavor, so I went with your other top pick and you guys…it's worth it.
So very worth it.
These cookies taste like a cross between a fudgy brownie and a peanut butter cookie, but just like the other varieties are totally nutritious. No oils, no eggs, no dairy and no flours. But ALL the flavor.
And here's what's inside that make them perfect for breakfast:
- dietary fiber to keep you feeling full
- complex carbohydrates which digest slowly
- plant-based protein to keep your energized and fueled
- healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied
- natural sugars only to minimize blood sugar spikes and the afternoon crash
How to make Healthy Peanut Butter Sauce
One thing that really sends these cookies over the top is that peanut butter drizzle on top.
It's made with powdered peanut butter which I found on Amazon and have seriously fallen in love with. It's made from organic peanuts, where the fats have been removed and then sweetened ever so slightly with coconut sugar. All you have to do is add water and it turns into either a spreadable peanut butter OR you can make this drizzle!
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
The drizzle can be used on top of cookies (yes!), smoothie bowls, oatmeal, brownies, ice cream, you name it. And it's got way fewer calories and fat than regular peanut butter, but tastes the exact same. It's really amazing! (here's the one I used)
For these chocolate peanut butter quinoa breakfast cookies, I did have to change up the standard recipe ever so slightly to accommodate the cacao powder, but it's a teeny tiny change; just a little less oats and quinoa flakes. But the upside is you're getting the antioxidants from the cacao AND they're super fluffy.
Healthy Breakfast Cookie Flavors to come…
And that's it my friends! We have four more cookie flavors left in the year and me kind of have them planned out already, but if you have ideas or thoughts, let me know in the comments! Here's what I'm thinking for the next few months:
- September: Mocha Chocolate Chip
- October: Toasted Pecan + Coconut
- November: Apple Cinnamon
- December: Cranberry Orange
Don't forget to snap a pic and share it on social if you make these beauties. You can tag @simplyquinoa or use #simplyquinoa OR quinoabreakfastcookies in your post, and I'll be sure to find it and give you some love in return. Love, love, LOVE seeing your pictures!
More Healthy Breakfast Cookies To Try:
- Blueberry Muffin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
- Super Healthy Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter + Jelly Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
- Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
- Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
- 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water, or a regular egg
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 medium banana mashed (+ slices for topping, optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/4 cup raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
- 3 - 5 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water, and set aside.
- Beat together peanut butter, syrup, banana and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
- Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, cacao powder, baking powder, salt to the bowl and stir together.
- Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains. Flatten them gently with the back of a spoon or spatula.
- Bake cookies on 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.
- For the drizzle, stir together the peanut butter powder and water, starting with 3 tablespoons water and adding more from there. You want it to be thinner than traditional peanut butter. Drizzle on to the cookies (or use a plastic squeeze bottle).
- Enjoy the cookies at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.
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28 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Cookies”
This recipe looks amazing… I cant find Quinoa flakes (I live in SA), do i then double up on the oats? What are your suggestions for substituting the quinoa flakes?
P.S i have tried to find ‘how to make quinoa flakes’… also no luck 🙁
Unfortunately you can’t make quinoa flakes at home without a grain flaker 🙁 but you can definitely substitute rolled oats or even quick cooking oats which would be even better!
I can’t even have gluten free oats, what else can I use? Thanks!
You could use more quinoa flakes! or you could substitute another flaked grain (like buckwheat?). here’s a link to those on amazon: http://amzn.to/2c6dCHG
Could I substitute Apple sauce or ? For the maple syrup? This recipe looks wonderful but I can’t have all the maple syrup. Thank you.
You could certainly try! What about coconut nectar? Can you have that? That would be a 1:1 substitute 🙂
would substituting the cocoa for chocolate protein powder work?
I made this and it was very good. Thanks for the recipe!
Glad you enjoyed them! xo
I really wanna make these for grab and go breakfasts, how long would they keep? Should I store them in the cabinet or fridge?
They keep at least 3 – 4 days and I like to keep mine in the fridge! Hope you enjoy them 🙂 xo
How many cookies for 1 serving?
I would say 1 – 2 depending on your hunger level 🙂
Can you substitute the powdered Peanut Butter for something else?
Creamy peanut butter will totally work!
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How would I make the drizzle with natural peanut butter?
The cookies turned it great though!
I think you could just thin it out with a little bit of water 🙂
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The recipe calls for quinoa flakes yet in the video provided it does not show them being added, is this a necessary for this recipe? I have all ingredients on hand but wouldn’t mind picking up the quinoa flakes if need be. Thank you..looks amazing!
You can replace the amount of quinoa flakes with more quick cooking oats 🙂 xox
Are your quinoa flakes, regular dry quinoa? Or should it be cooked first?
Actually, quinoa and quinoa flakes are not the same. The difference is how they are processed. Here is a post all about them, where to buy them and different ways to use them: https://www.simplyquinoa.com/10-amazing-ways-to-use-quinoa-flakes/
Is it 2 tablespoons dropped together to make one cookie because that’s what I did and only got 9 cookies. Recipe says it makes 15.
Yes, that is how we made ours. Weird you only came out with 9 cookies! You could try making them smaller next time or doubling the recipe for more cookies.