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Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- energizing, healthy and super easy to make! [naturally gluten-free + vegan]

It's hard to believe that we're more than half way through July already! This summer is flying by and frankly, I feel like I don't have much to show for it. We traveled a bit back in June (remember my post about the blueberry farms in PEI?) – but since then we've just been lying low and trying to escape the heat.

Seeing that the month is almost over, I think it's about time I give you July's breakfast cookie flavor, don't you? This is a flavor that a lot of you have been asking for, and while it didn't win in last month's poll, it's been on the list for a while now. So, here it is: Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies!

This is definitely the farthest out there in terms of ingredients – so far we've kept it pretty standard with things like Snickerdoodle Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies – but I think you're really going to enjoy it.

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Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies made with matcha powder, oats and quinoa flakes!

If you aren't familiar with matcha already, let me give you a quick little recap.

As I mentioned in my Energizing Matcha Latte post, matcha a form of green that has been finely ground into a powder. It's probably most well known for it's vibrant color and amazing nutritional properties. Since matcha is made from grinding the entire tea leaf, you’re actually ingesting ALL the benefits – you get a nice dose of chlorophyll and other phytonutrients, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies made with matcha powder, oats and quinoa flakes!

Culinary vs. Ceremonial Grade Matcha

There are two types of matcha powder that you can find: culinary grade and ceremonial grade.

The main difference between the two is the quality. Culinary grade matcha can vary a lot in taste, color and even nutritional value, and tends to be on the bitter, more astringent side of things. Culinary grade matcha is less expensive and is meant to be used in cooking – like adding it to smoothies, ice cream or these quinoa breakfast cookies 🙂

Ceremonial grade matcha on the other hand is the premium variety of matcha powder and is meant to be enjoyed by itself, simply whisked in to hot water. It has a much more delicate flavor and I find that it's more palatable when it comes to lattes. Ceremonial grade is definitely more expensive, but if you're a fan of drinking matcha tea then I definitely think it's worth the splurge.

My favorite quinoa breakfast cookie flavor yet >> MATCHA! they're flavorful, energizing and the perfect way to start the day!

For this recipe, I only had ceremonial grade matcha on hand, so that's what I went with. Honestly though, since the flavor isn't super pronounced in the recipe, I would recommend that you use culinary grade and save yourself a little money.

In terms of the flavor, I wasn't quite sure how these would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised when they came out of the oven. Not only were they a bit fluffier than my normal breakfast cookies, but they had a vibrant green color AND they didn't have any trace of bitterness.

My favorite quinoa breakfast cookie flavor yet >> MATCHA! they're flavorful, energizing and the perfect way to start the day!

If you're still on the fence when it comes to matcha, I think these would be a great starting place. They don't have a strong green tea flavor, are lightly sweetened and have an underlying flavor of cashew butter (which I happen to love). They're also quick to make, are easy to take with you on the go, and you're getting a nice little boost of nutrition with each bite. Hope you enjoy!

Your turn…

What flavor should we have for August? I'm going between Raspberry Lemon and Chocolate Peanut Butter, and will leave the decision in your hands 🙂 Vote for you fave below and that's the one that will be featured!

And if you end up trying this recipe, I'd love to see a pic on social media. Tag me @simplyquinoa or use #simplyquinoa so I can find your photo and give you some love!

xo Alyssa

My favorite quinoa breakfast cookie flavor yet >> MATCHA! they're flavorful, energizing and the perfect way to start the day!
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Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

In terms of the flavor, I wasn't quite sure how these would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised when they came out of the oven. Not only were they a bit fluffier than my normal breakfast cookies, but they had a vibrant green color AND they didn't have any trace of bitterness.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, healthy cookies, matcha
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 131 kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer

Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup cashew butter or sunflower seed butter*
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium banana mashed
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • 3 teaspoons organic matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds optional

Instructions

  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 cashew butter, syrup and banana in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
  4. Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, matcha, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, and stir together. Fold in chia seeds (if using).
  5. Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains. Gently flatten them with wet hands.
  6. 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.
  7. Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Matcha Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Potassium 165mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients used in the recipe: organic matcha powder, creamy cashew butter, quinoa flakes, chia seeds and pure maple syrup

 

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My favorite quinoa breakfast cookie flavor yet >> MATCHA! they're flavorful, energizing and the perfect way to start the day!
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  1. The vibrant green color didn’t stay at all. They are brown. 😩 but they taste good. They just don’t look as pretty as yours.

    • I haven’t tried it with anything other than quinoa flakes and/or oats. I would think you could probably used another flaked grain (buckwheat flakes perhaps?), but I don’t think the proportions will be the same for a cooked grain. Let me know if you end up finding something that works!

  2. I vote for Chocolate Peanut Butter. Raspberries are so expensive.

    Can I use Almond butter instead of Cashew butter? I have the Almond butter.

    Thank you.

  3. They look amazing, can’t wait to make them! Question about the “flax egg”- is that just to make them vegan or is that important for the recipe (taste, consistency, baking, etc.)? I’m wondering if a real egg could be used?

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