Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

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Wholesome and tasty cookies are quite hard to come by, whether they are store bought or homemade.

Trust me, I know. I’ve created a ton of healthy cookie masterpieces, and unfortunately some utter failures intermittently.

Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

These banana coconut quinoa cookies are one of my recipe developing success stories. They are healthy, wholesome, and also happen to incorporate all of the ideal components of a really good (healthy) cookie;
Sweet, check.
Chewy, check.
Moist, check.
Crumbly, check.

They’re made with wholesome ingredients, such as protein-rich quinoa, fiber-packed oats, and hemp hearts, which means they’re nutritional value is through the roof, and not to mention they are surprisingly filling.

Since these aren’t your traditional cookie, be mindful of the fact that the texture is definitely is a bit denser and not-so buttery and sweet as traditional ones, but they are still delicious.

Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

These yummy cookies have quickly become a family favourite. I often double the recipe and store extra cookies in the freezer for a quick grab n’ go snack or a healthy breakfast option for the family; dipped in milk for the kids, dipped in espresso for mom and dad!

My son’s mouth was watering as he waited, so very patiently might I add, for my photo shoot to come to an end. Before I had time to offer my little guy a cookie, he had already swiped one from the tray.

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After eating three in a row, I can assume that they were well-received. And not to mention, these cookies are the perfect size for little hands to hold onto and the perfect chewy texture for toddlers and self-feeders.

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If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me onInstagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

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Ingredients:

Yields: 25-30 small cookies
3 large ripe bananas
2 tbs. extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
3 tbs. maple sryup (or raw honey for a non-vegan version)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbs. pure vanilla
1 cup quick oats
1 cup pre-cooked quinoa
1 tbs. ground flax seed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips or dried fruit)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. sea salt (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the bananas with a fork in a large bowl then add the coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup or honey. Mix with a large whisk until well combined.

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Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix again until combined.

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The batter will be somewhat moist but should come together easily enough to form a cookie.

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Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon (or use an ice cream scoop) of the batter onto the baking tray, leaving at least 2 inches in between each cookie. Flatten each cookie with the back of the spoon until about 1/2 inch thick.

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Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are lightly browned. Remove immediately from the oven and let cool on parchment paper.

Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

*Since first posting this recipe, I have made a new and improved (non-vegan) version of the recipe. While I still enjoy the original recipe, the modifications result in a slightly moister cookie that holds together a bit better. 

There are only a few simple changes to make;
Replace the flax with one large organic egg + 1 egg white
Omit one banana
Add one more cup of oats

  • Raji

    Hi Lisa,
    How many cookies did you serve your boy? It looks too many on the plate. I am just curious to know because my little fellow is a picky eater.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Hi Raji, it does look like a huge snack! Actually, I piled all those cookies on the plate solely for the picture! As for how many he normally eats, I usually give him two…but he likes to eat! Of course, it also depends on what size you make the cookies.

    • Amy

      You can also take half of the recipe and freeze it. That is what I do so my kids don’t get sick of a treat. ;)

      • Lisa Codina

        You’re absolutely right Amy! I actually always double a recipe or make extra just so I can freeze some of it. I love to cook but even I lack inspiration (and time) sometimes so I just grab a treat from the freezer to make my life easier. ;-)

  • Supermom2012

    This recipe is AMAZING!! Thank you so much for sharing this….my baby boy loved the recipe without the chocolate chips and the rest of the family loved the cookies with the chips for a healthy and delicious treat! I love your blog and tell everyone to check it out!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thank you SO much for sharing your feedback…and for the free advertising ;-) How old is your son? That’s great that the entire family loved this recipe…That’s my motto when it comes to preparing meals/snacks. By the way, you should double the recipe and store a batch in the freezer-they freeze really well!

      • Supermom2012

        My son is 9 months old and loves eating anything and everything on his own right now…which is why I love these cookies, (amongst many of your other recipes) because they’re so soft and moist and easily dissolve in his mouth. I made a batch and brought them over to my mom’s – she had me make her a double batch because she couldn’t get enough!! Thanks for the tid bit to freeze them…I was wondering whether they’d freeze well! Keep the yummy recipes coming!!! :) :)

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          I LOVE it when adults eat “baby” food! lol! That’s the whole point of my recipes ;-)
          Btw, I don’t know if you follow me on Facebook, but I gave you a shout-out because you made my day with your comment! ;-)

  • Jordan | Berlin by the Bay

    These look yum-and healthy! We just attempted to make “healthy” cookies this past weekend (as my husband was insisting we bake treats) and they didn’t turn out so good-we will give these a go next time!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Unfortunately, “healthy” cookies don’t always satisfy our sweet tooth! I’d like to think these are the perfect balance between healthy and delicious ;-)

  • Kath

    Yum!!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks for visiting Kath! Btw, they ARE! ;-) I’d love some feedback if you end up making them!

  • camille

    Really good cookies!! I used roasted unsweetened coconut, carrots instead of raisins, didn’t add any sugar and added a little nutmeg.
    Thanks for this receipe

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I love how you totally tweaked the recipe…I like your style, lol! Glad to hear you enjoyed them!

      • Camille

        It’s a mix of your yummi carrot cake oatmeal and theses cookies! :)

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          Your version sounds better than the original recipe ;-)

  • Sweaty Jain

    Can i use rolled oats instead? Or the Quaker microwavable oatmeal oats that are flavored?

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I think you could substitute with oats but I’ve never tried it so I can’t vouch for the results. You might have to alter the quantity of some of the other ingredients in the recipe (i.e., the wet ingredients) as the oats might absorb more than the quinoa?!! I would love to know if you try the recipe and how it turns out!

  • Bonnie

    These are great! Have made them a few times! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Awesome! I love that you’ve made them a “few” times! I make them at least once a month…the kids (and I) love them!

  • I just made a batch of chocolate chip cookies to bring to the office last night. Now I came across your recipe, and thinking I should try and make another healthier batch of cookies… (and very possibly this time I will keep them at home :D) These look delicious, Lisa!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks! These are a definitely a healthier option…and also a very unique blend of flavours. My kids are so used to the “healthy” stuff but they devour these as if they were “real” chocolate chip cookies!

      • I am healthy dessert fanatic too (just like your kids). I can’t stop loving sweets, but always try to find healthier versions. Right now it’s only two of us and my husband doesn’t like desserts. Maybe I should come over to join your kids for some sweet bites. Lol

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          More desserts or you!! ;-)

  • melony s.

    these cookies were awesome!.. easy to make and delicious!.. i added some berries to one batch and peanut butter to another batch and they both turned out great!.. thank you so much for sharing!

    • Awesome!! I’m so glad you liked them and for the feedback as well! I love how you modified the recipe…berries and peanut butter (not together, lol!) sound delicious!! Hope you try some of my other recipes ;-)

  • Rose

    These are amazing…not too sweet but filled with good healthy ingredients and of course chocolate. I couldn’t stop at one.

    • They are pretty addictive…and the best part is you don’t have to feel guilty about eating more than one!

  • Thanks so much Rachel for the feedback! Glad you love them…did you daughter enjoy them too? They’re the ‘ultimate’ critics! lol!

    • Rachel Macdougall

      Yes she had two this morning, absolutely loved them so worth baking these!

  • I never thought of using quinoa in cookies like this before!! I love to make cookies and I love that they are made from such healthy ingredients as well. I have to say these are ones I wouldn’t want to share with the kids!

    • I almost always make cookies with healthy ingredients…I prefer those to ‘real’ ones!