Quinoa Chocolate Banana Cookies Recipe

quinoa chocolate chip banana cookies

Vegan quinoa cookies that are healthy with chocolate chips and no flour. This simple recipe is easy to make and full of good stuff. It’s suitable for paleo diets as the quinoa is sprouted.

Quinoa is actually a seed not a grain and is naturally gluten-free. This recipe is full of plant protein from the quinoa, cacao and flaxseeds.


Quinoa Cookies Recipe


  • 2/3 cup / 100g Quinoa
  • 3.5 oz / 100g Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup / 80g Flaxseed
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup / 90g Dates
  • 1/3 cup / 80 ml Water


  1. Soak the quinoa in water for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the quinoa and add everything apart from the chocolate to a blender.
  3. Blend until all the quinoa is broken up. A small bullet 600w blender is enough for this or a high-speed blender.
  4. Chop the chocolate into chunks and stir into the slightly warm batter.
  5. Leave for a few minutes to let the flaxseed firm up the mixture.
  6. Spoon onto greaseproof paper then bake for 30 mins at 180C / 375F.
  7. Leave to cool and firm up for 5 minutes after taking out of the oven and enjoy within 5 days.

Recipe Comments, Questions and Adaptations

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These did turn out better in testing. When I actually made these I may have blended the mixture for a bit too long making it quite hot. Resulting in the chocolate melting instantly when stirred into the batter.

easy quinoa cookies

It’s best if the batter only slightly melts the chocolate so you have chunks of chocolate left in. These cookies get a beautiful marbling effect from the melting chocolate.

quinoa chocolate banana cookies before baking

The most important part of this recipe is to blend the quinoa and flaxseeds until it’s all broken up. If the quinoa isn’t broken up then hard bits will be in the cookie and they won’t be great to eat.

Flax and linseed are the same thing. You can get it in many different colours from golden to brown. It adds protein, fibre and structure to this gluten-free cookie.

chocolate banana cookies

Chia seeds can be used in place of the flax seed if you prefer. They both have the same jelling effect needed for this recipe. Flaxseed was chosen purely to not affect the colour, but the same amount of chia seed won’t affect the colour that much.

This recipe is sweetened purely with fruit. If you don’t have a sweet tooth the dates can be left out as they are purely there for sweetness, but they do also add fibre and vitamins.

quinoa banana cookies

Dates can be substituted with just about any other dried fruit.

I know one question I will get for this is what to use instead of banana. Really the banana is vital but you may be able to replace it with sweet potato, the resulting cookie will be different but still good.

gluten free quinoa cookies

Quinoa is soaked in this recipe to make it easier to blend and for the body to digest. There is no need to cook your quinoa as raw quinoa is sprouted and then cooked in the oven.

no flour quinoa cookies

I’m using very dark 84% cacao chocolate for this recipe. You could use cocoa or cacao powder if you prefer or a no added sugar chocolate. I do think it works best with small chunks of chocolate as they often bubble up making the cookie look like a chocolate volcano.

quinoa chocolate cookies

Overripe bananas that are too soft to eat as a snack are perfect for this.

Vegan quinoa cookies that are healthy with chocolate chips and no flour.

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6 thoughts on “Quinoa Chocolate Banana Cookies”

    1. Yes, it’s at a lower temp (190c) for health reasons and the quinoa is being cooked from raw. Let me know how you get on if you try the recipe 🙂

  1. Brill recipe, I added some cranberries to this and they turned out great! Next time I will add some orange juice and orange zest to make them chocolate orange

  2. It looks amazing! Do you happen to have the nutritional information for them? Would love to make some for my dad who has diabetes, thanks!

    1. Thanks, sure here is the rough nutritional information – just take it as a guide as it was generated automatically and can sometimes make mistakes

      Nutrition Facts
      Servings 16.0
      Amount Per Serving
      calories 56
      % Daily Value *
      Total Fat 1 g 2 %
      Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
      Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
      Trans Fat 0 g
      Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
      Sodium 2 mg 0 %
      Potassium 127 mg 4 %
      Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3 %
      Dietary Fiber 2 g 9 %
      Sugars 7 g
      Protein 1 g 2 %
      Vitamin A 0 %
      Vitamin C 5 %
      Calcium 0 %
      Iron 0 %

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