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Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

healthy double dark chocolate quinoa cookies made with buckwheat flour

I'm pulling another recipe from the archives today, giving it a little update with new pictures as well as a reformulated recipe. Updating these older recipes has been a really fun process; not only to see how far I've come with my photography skills, but also because there are a lot of gems way back in the archives that have just been forgotten.

The recipe we're revamping today is for my Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies which was originally shared back in 2012. It was one of the first cookie recipes on the site and it's still absolutely delicious!

healthy double dark chocolate quinoa cookies made with buckwheat flour

It seems that back in the day, when I first went gluten-free, I was pretty into buckwheat flour (I also recently updated my Buckwheat Quinoa Pancakes recipe!). That's the base of these cookies and I notice it as a little theme throughout the early half of 2012. I kind of forgot about buckwheat flour as my focus for the site really zeroed in on quinoa, but I have to say, it's a pretty special ingredient.

Buckwheat flour, which contrary to what the name suggests actually is gluten-free, contains a wealth of nutrients that help make baked goods extra healthy. Not only is it high in fiber, but buckwheat also contains a bunch of trace minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and copper. Similar to quinoa, but totally different in flavor.

healthy double chocolate chip quinoa cookies with sea salt

Buckwheat has quite a strong flavor. It's rich and earthy, which makes it a perfect match for chocolate.

These cookies start with a base of buckwheat flour, which is then mixed with quinoa flakes and tapioca starch to help give them a little lightness, as well as raw cacao powder and sea salt. For sweeteners, we're Chocolate is just one of those things that

For sweeteners, we're using a blend of coconut sugar and maple syrup, which I find to add just the right amount of sweet without making them too over the top. Of course, they are double chocolate cookies after all, so we're throwing in some chocolate chips to sweeten the deal even more!

healthy double chocolate chip quinoa cookies with sea salt

 

It didn't take me long to come up with this recipe. Usually, my recipes start from a craving, or from inspiration from Pinterest (often times both), and I'll go from there. This time, I knew I wanted a deeply chocolatey, light, flavorful cookie, but more importantly, I wanted it to be healthy. Well, as healthy as a cookie can be.

When making a healthier cookie, I like to start with the flour and go from there. I try to incorporate the richer, more nutritious flours into my baked goods for added nutrients. That's why I chose buckwheat for this chocolate quinoa cookie recipe. With its unique flavor, the buckwheat brings a rich and earthy quality to these cookies, while also adding in all the nutritional benefits.

Healthy cookies? I am so in.

healthy double chocolate chip quinoa cookies with sea salt

I have yet to test these cookies out with a vegan option, but since they only use one egg, I'm thinking a flax egg would totally work. If you end up trying that, definitely come back and let me know how it works out for you!

Otherwise, we've got a pretty straightforward cookie recipe on our hands here. Naturally gluten-free, relatively low in fat and packed with deep chocolate flavor. They've quickly become a go-to in my house and I can't wait for you to try them too!

healthy double chocolate quinoa cookies with buckwheat flour

If you end up making this recipe, I'd love for you to use #simplyquinoa on Instagram so I can find your picture and give it some love! 

These DOUBLE Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies are sweet, satisfying and HEALTHY!
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Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Naturally gluten-free, relatively low in fat and packed with deep chocolate flavor. They've quickly become a go-to in my house and I can't wait for you to try them too!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip, cookies, healthy cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 161 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon nut/seed butter of choice I like peanut butter or tahini
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Maldon sea salt to garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, quinoa flakes and other dry ingredients (minus the sugar) in medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Beat together the coconut oil and sugar until fluffy. Beat in remaining wet ingredients then add to the dry ingredients and stir with a large wooden spoon until you have a thick, cookie-like dough. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon the dough on the parchment lined baking sheet. Smooth over with the back of a wet metal spoon and slightly flatten (this is optional, but make the cookies more uniform in shape). Sprinkle with maldon sea salt if desired.
  5. Bake in the center of a warm oven for 12 - 14 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned and the top of the cookies is still slightly tender to the touch.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 5 - 10 minutes and enjoy!
  7. Dunk these babies in a glass of almond milk (or regular milk if you so choose) and relish in the chocolatey goodness that you just created.
Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Potassium 129mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


 

 

 

These DOUBLE Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies are sweet, satisfying and HEALTHY!

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  1. Cant wait to try the recipe!!
    Can i substitute coconut oil for butter, maple syrup for brown sugar?
    Also, what can be the best substitute for egg?

    • I haven’t tested with either of those, but you can try! You might want to double the sugar amount 🙂 And egg I think you could try just a standard flax egg or another egg substitute!

  2. Hello,
    I never use tapioca starch. Is there something else that would work? I never have it, so if something else would work, that would save me buying some.

    Thanks, I appreciate it.

  3. These cookies look delicious! I love your recipes, but I have a problem. I live in a very small town over 100 miles from any source of health food stores! Can you recommend a web site where I could order these healthful ingredients? Thanks for any help you can give on this.

  4. This looks delicious however I cannot have honey due to fructose malabsorption. Can I omit honey and add another tbsp with maple syrup?
    Thanks.

  5. How has baking with quinoa been working for you? Any yummy recipes you'd like to share??

    Awesome fundraiser! It's a great cause and auction items. xo

  6. That's exactly how I was feeling. Needing a cookie and chocolate – these are perfect 🙂

  7. your right…sometimes what we need is a simple chocolate cookie ! These look delicious..and perfect to calm a chocolate craving 🙂

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