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July 14, 2012

by Alyssa Rimmer

Coconut Quinoa Macaroons

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These healthy coconut quinoa macaroons are easy and delicious! Sweetened only with honey, quinoa is combined with coconut in this superfood packed cookie.

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Quinoa cookies are just the best, aren't they?

If you have yet experimented with quinoa in your baking, I highly suggest that you do. It will change your world. This healthy little gem brings a rich texture and amazing flavor to your treats. Plus it adds nutrition that you don't normally find in baked treats. Everything from cookies, to waffles, to pancakes, to muffins, to cakes, to you-name-it, quinoa rocks it all.

Another reason that baking with quinoa is fun is that quinoa comes in a bunch of different forms that you can play around with. You have cooked quinoa of course (which we used for these quinoa macaroons), you have quinoa flour which is quinoa finely milled into a flour, you have quinoa flakes which are similar to oats AND you have quinoa crispies which are the quinoa form of rice crispies.

Every which way you use quinoa in your baking, I know you're going to enjoy.

Let's take today's recipe. We're all about using quinoa to elevate a classic cookie to new heights. By adding quinoa to this mixture of coconut, we not only add a little protein into the mix, but we cut down on the fat and calories typically found in a coconut macaroon.

And let me just tell you, these cookies are out of this world good. Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, free from refined sugars and low in fat, you will find yourself reaching for one after the next.

Coconut Quinoa Macaroons. Enough said.

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So go on, have another. And another.

Well, maybe you can have just one more. I mean, they're healthy cookies, right?


Quinoa Coconut Macaroons

These healthy coconut quinoa macaroons are easy and delicious! Sweetened only with honey, quinoa is combined with coconut in this superfood packed cookie.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 90kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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  • Combine the egg whites and honey in a heatproof bowl.
  • Begin by tempering the eggs, which will create a nice crispy cookie exterior. Place the bowl over a pot with boiling water inside and whisk the eggs and honey together until creamy and warm. Test with your finger - if they’re warm to the touch, they’re tempered.
  • When the egg and honey mixture is warm to the touch, take the bowl off the heat and mix in coconut, quinoa and salt.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least two hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a non-stick baking mat or double parchment paper (the bottoms are sensitive and will burn easily).
  • Using an ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop the coconut quinoa dough onto the baking sheet. You will probably need to form the cookies into little round half domes with your fingers, pressing them together tightly so they are sure to stick together while baking.
  • Bake in the center of a warm oven for 15 minutes until the cookies are nice and golden brown.
  • Let them cool for at least 10 minutes or until completely cooled. Enjoy!


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. I made seven of these, but wondered, can you make them as I did today a few at a time or make them all at once and afterwards, can they be frozen? Thanks, Anna

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  5. We tried it we loved it! But dang I think my youngest has a coconut allergy!! I did put them on broil in the oven to make them crunchy my kids love crunchy!! I have a 2 yr old and a 10mo old both approved! I’m also obsessed with quinoa love your blog!

    • Yay, I’m so happy everyone liked them! And broiling is such a good idea! Did you bake and then broil or just broil the whole time? You’re making me crave cookies. I think some baking is in store for me tonight 🙂

  6. Hi Alyssa,

    I can’t seem to find the ‘Quinoa Coconut Macaroon’ recipe on your blog. I see images and descriptions of the cookie but no recipe or ingredients . Is there somewhere I need to be looking specifically?

    really excited to try this recipe 😉


    • Hi Natalie,

      The recipe is actually linked on a friend’s blog, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free. If you go the bottom of this page and click on the link, you’ll find it over there! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

      xo Alyssa


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