Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

These quinoa breakfast cookies taste like dessert, but are healthy enough for breakfast! Flavored with banana, peanut butter, oats, quinoa & chocolate!

Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies - with chocolate chips, chopped walnuts and dates! [gluten-free + vegan]

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Posting a cookie recipe on the day that you're starting a 3-day juice cleanse probably isn't the best idea.

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Here I am, sipping on green juice, practically drooling on my keyboard. I want to devour my screen! Seriously, all I want to be eating are these Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, and instead I'm drinking vegetables and won't be having another bite of solid food for three days…wah!

BUT I couldn't resist sharing these. I made them on Friday and they were gone by Saturday, so that was a sign that you needed them as soon as possible.


These VEGAN chunky monkey quinoa breakfast cookies are the perfect combination - oats, quinoa, chocolate, peanut butter and banana!

We're big fans of breakfast cookies around here, aren't we? There's been a total of four different flavors so far – Toasted Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies (one of my faves!!), Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Breakfast Cookies – and honestly, I think these new ones might be my favorite.

The goodies inside this version are just too hard to resist.

First there's chocolate. We haven't had chocolate in our cookies yet, and let's be honest…chocolate just makes everything better.

Second, there's peanut butter + banana, which if you know me, is pretty much my absolute favorite combo.

Third, there's chopped dates which again…obsessed.

And fourth, well….they're cookies. for breakfast. I just can't even.

vegan chunky monkey QUINOA breakfast cookies -- because cookies for breakfast need to happen everyday!

If you haven't tried quinoa breakfast cookies before, you might wonder, “are these actually suitable for breakfast?”

Yes, my friend they are. They're gluten-free, vegan (which means no dairy, eggs or honey), oil-free and naturally sweetened. The base is banana, flaxseed meal, peanut butter and a little bit of maple syrup. Then we mix in oats, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, some spices and then our add ins.

So basically…it's like we're eating a bowl of oatmeal but in cookie form.

The BEST quinoa breakfast cookies -- chunky monkey flavored made with banana, peanut butter and chocolate chips!

I love the combo of oats and quinoa flakes because unlike using just oats, the quinoa flakes add more protein which makes each cookie just a teeny bit more filling.

The ULTIMATE breakfast cookie using quinoa flakes, banana, peanut butter and chocolate chips -- they taste like chunky monkey ice cream!

It's Sunday meaning it's the perfect day to bake. I encourage you to whip up a batch of these babies because they'll be a great (and healthy!) breakfast for the week ahead. That is…if they last that long 😉

Your turn…

What other flavors would you like to see? I'm tossing around a chocolate brownie one and maybe one with freeze-dried berries (like strawberry cheesecake maybe?!), but is there any that come to mind for you? Let me know in the comments!

xx Alyssa

I can't wait to make a batch of these Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- simple ingredient list and they're actually good for you! [gf + vegan too!]

Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

These quinoa breakfast cookies taste like dessert, but are healthy enough for breakfast! Flavored with banana, peanut butter, oats, quinoa & chocolate!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 Cookies
Calories 126 kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or nut/seed butter of choice
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium banana mashed (+ slices for topping, optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 medjool dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water, and set aside.
  3. Beat together peanut butter, syrup, banana and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
  4. Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, spices and salt to the bowl and stir together. Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts, dates and chia seeds.
  5. Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains.
  6. Bake cookies on center rack for 15 - 18 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.
  7. Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 152mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Hi, I recently tried out your toasted coconut breakfast cookies and am planning to try these but just have a couple of questions! Did you use natural peanut butter or just the regular stuff? Also, you specify medjool dates but I happen to have deglet Noor in my cupboard…is there a reason why you specify medjool? thanks!

    • You’re going to love them!! You can use any kind of peanut butter you want – I just prefer natural myself 🙂 And nope, you can definitely use deglet dates! xx

  2. I found the texture of these to be strange… kind of cake-like, instead of cookie-like. How do I make them more crunchy? They tasted good but the texture thing threw me off.

  3. Hi, can I leave out the maple syrup? Is that for sweetness or for binding? I’m trying to keep themse as low sugar as possible. Thanks!

  4. These “cookies” are so awesome, they have so much flavor and my kids just love them. This time I left out the dates because my kids didn’t care for them last time (I want to try making a paste and using that next time) and they were still plenty sweet for our tastes! I love that these have quinoa, oats, peanut butter, and a flax egg, that’s all stuff I feel no guilt whatsoever about feeding my kids!

    I did have a hard time finding the quinoa flakes though, no luck at any grocery store (including Whole Foods) so I ended up buying them off of Amazon for like $15! Oh well, they’ve lasted for quite a while and I wouldn’t want to make the cookies without them 🙂

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