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June 14, 2016

by Alyssa

Sea Salt + Date Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

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These sea salt + date quinoa breakfast cookies are a healthy and decadent way to start the day. Packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats and complex carbs!

Sea Salt + Date Quinoa Breakfast Cookies -- a simple and HEALTHY breakfast cookie that is packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats!

I just arrived back from a week-long trip to Prince Edward Island and while I'm certainly feeling refreshed and relaxed, the mountainous to-do list, my disorganized apartment, my empty fridge and getting my butt back in gear for workouts, already is making the vacation seem like ages away.

It's funny how that happens, right? When you're away you are able to forget about life for a while, but as soon as you get back home, it just picks back up right where we left off. And you're really just left with great memories, some peace of mind, and a little bit of a tan if we're lucky.

But now that I’m back, trying to get into the swing of things again, sharing the quinoa breakfast cookie flavor for June felt like a comfortable place to start. I've been having a blast coming up with different flavors each month, it's really starting to challenge my creative side.
So far we've made Blueberry Muffin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, Chunky Monkey Quinoa Breakfast Cookies and more. Last month was Snickerdoodle Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, and they reminded me the most of a “dessert-style” cookie, but I have to say this new flavor is pretty amazing too!

QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES...with sea salt + dates! A simple, delicious and healthy breakfast that tastes like you're eating dessert!

So now, it's time to introduce you to this month's cookie flavor: Sea Salt + Date Quinoa Breakfast Cookies!

How to make date caramel -- with just two ingredients, in THE BLENDER!

Initially the idea for these was more of a salted caramel flavor, but after testing them a few times, I decided the flavor was less caramel-y and more of just a subtle sweetness with chewy date pieces. So they're sea salt + date quinoa breakfast cookies and they are D-E-L-I-S-H!

We've changed this version up just slightly by using a date puree to sweeten them instead of maple syrup. If you haven't ever made a date puree, you're in for a treat. It's kind of like a thick caramel, but a little bit less sweet, yet every bit as decadent.

How to make date caramel -- with just two ingredients, in THE BLENDER!

And it's super easy to make. All you have to do is soak some dates (for about 15 minutes), then blend them up until they're smooth and creamy. You're definitely going to want to have a high powered blender or food processor because it can be a little tricky to get them smooth.

I used my BlendTec Twister Jar, but I think a Vitamix or even a food processor would also do the trick.

And you know, you also don't have to really worry about the puree being totally smooth; if there are some bits of date left over, that's fine! It will give some texture to the cookies and having a few chunks of chew date inside is actually kind of perfect.

SALTED DATE QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES...made with only nutritious ingredients, no gluten, dairy OR refined sugar! [vegan]

For the sea salt bit, I simply sprinkled my cookies with some Maldon sea salt flakes. It added just the right amount of saltiness without overpowering the entire flavor. Plus the balance of sweet and salty makes these an even more epic dessert breakfast.

What do we love about these cookies? For starters, you can make them in just one bowl. Second, they are naturally gluten-free, vegan and don't need any refined sugar. They're also high in protein, fiber, healthy fats AND complex carbohydrates, so they end up filling you up and giving you sustained energy all morning long.

These cookies are double as the perfect pre- or post-workout snack. I love to toss a few in my bag on my way out the door so that if I have to run errands after my yoga or spin class, I can just nibble on these cookies and not worry about falling prey to my ravenous hunger and reaching for unhealthy options. They can provide a quick boost of energy and also help you recover.

HEALTHY QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES -- with banana, dates, almond butter, chia seeds and more! Topped off with flaked sea salt for added flavor! [vegan + gluten-free]

So…let's recap the flavors we have so far:

And for the next month…it's up to you!

SEA SALT + DATE BREAKFAST COOKIES...with quinoa, oats, banana, almond butter + more! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free AND vegan!

What flavor would you like to see for July?

  • Matcha Latte
  • Strawberry “Cheesecake”
  • Lemon Raspberry
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • or…something different?

Let me know your vote in the comments below and we'll see which one wins!

xo Alyssa

More Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Cookies to try:


Sea Salt + Date Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

So they're sea salt + date quinoa breakfast cookies and they are D-E-L-I-S-H!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 14 Cookies
Calories 155kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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SALTED DATE QUINOA BREAKFAST COOKIES...made with only nutritious ingredients, no gluten, dairy OR refined sugar! [vegan]
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Drain dates and add them, along with the milk and salt, to high-powered blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth. (you may have to stop and scrape the sides down occasionally)
  • Whisk together the flaxseed meal and water, and set aside.
  • Beat together almond butter, date puree, syrup and banana in a large bowl. Add flax egg and mix to combine.
  • Pour in oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, vanilla and salt, and stir together. Fold in chia seeds.
  • Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet and repeat until no dough remains. Gently flatten them and then sprinkle with the sea salt flakes.
  • Bake cookies on center rack for 15 - 17 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.
  • Enjoy at room temp or slightly reheated in a microwave.


*You will probably have leftover date puree, so just put it in a sealed container and store it in the fridge/freezer!


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 0.9mg

WW SmartPoints: 5


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    • I think you could try using applesauce! You might want to start with 1/4 of a cup and then add a touch more if it’s too dry 🙂

  1. Can you clarify the amount of vanilla. It says 1/2 vanilla bean powder or extract. i assume it’s teaspoon?

  2. First of all, YUM. Second of all, you went to PEI?! I live in Moncton, so it’s so close to my home! Hope you liked it! 🙂

    • YES! It was a blast. Such an amazing place. I wish it was a little warmer, but that just means we’ll have to come back 😉

  3. Mmmm, these sound great. I love using date puree in cookies and the salt on top is perfect. I vote strawberry cheesecake or matcha latte! Can’t wait!

  4. Can’t wait to try these and I have dates in my frig that need to be used! So excited! I vote for Strawberry Cheesecake. I love cheesecake but very rarely eat it because it’s definitely not very healthy. I would love it if I could make something that tasted like cheesecake but was healthy! Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. The cheesecake sounds really goo, but I also like the lemon raspberry and of course who doesn’t like chocolate peanut butter. I absolutely don’t like anything mocha. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  6. I think this may be the kick in the pants I need to finally make date purée. #lazy #impatient haha and for next month?? At first I was like CHEESECAKE YAS. But then I saw lemon… And I am so torn. I guess I will go lemon cause it’s summer and I want all the lemon things!!

    • I have tons and tons of those on my site 🙂 Feel free to browse, I think you’ll find lots of great options!

  7. Lemon Raspberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Chocolate Peanut Butter all sound delish; I can’t decide. If I had to choose one though I’d probably go with Lemon Raspberry for Summer.

  8. Lemon raspberry or strawberry shortcake. And I have a question, can I use all quinoa flakes instead of oatmeal? (I can’t digest the oatmeal.)

    • Great recipe but I also have an oatmeal problem. I use a (preventative) rotation diet with different food families. I also am wondering if I could use quinoa flakes in same amount as oat ? The rest of this great recipe allows enough substitutions to
      use. Thank you.

      • I *think* so! I haven’t tried it, but I imagine it would be fine. You might want to start with a little less (maybe 3/4 cup) and add as needed. Let me know!

        • Hi!! I really want to make this recipe but can’t find quinoa flakes anywhereeee. Any chance I could sub for all oats instead? Obviously not as healthy but I just really want to try this tasty vegan treat asap! Thanks

          • I think you could, yes! I would actually use quick oats instead of regular rolled oats for the quinoa flakes if you can 🙂

  9. How about fresh cherries & almond cookies as an option for July (now that cherries are just coming into season!)?

  10. These quinoa cookies look like my breakfast for next week – added to the list! And July should definitely feature Chocolate Peanut Butter.. sounds like dessert for breakfast and there is never anything wrong with that!

  11. mmm …. those look delicious! Can’t wait to try them, Alyssa. Chocolate-peanut butter is my flavour vote!


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