Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

If you're a fan of carrot cake, then you'll LOVE these soft, nutty & healthy breakfast cookies! Make a big batch and freeze them for on-the-go treats.

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

For a while, I went through a frittata phase, then there was the chia bowl phase, followed by a bit of a smoothie kick… which brings us to my current morning trend: cookies for breakfast!

But before you think I’ve completely given up on myself, hear me out – I make these cookies with lots of good things – carrots, oats, flax, walnuts, pepitas, cranberries, and QUINOA. Yes, carrots and quinoa – it almost sounds like a salad, but I promise you these “healthier” cookies are so delicious and energizing in the morning. They’re also vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugars. They’re about halfway in between a muffin and a cookie – big, hearty, and filling, but also sweet and nutty – they’re almost like eating carrot cake for breakfast!

Breakfast Cookies recipe ingredients How to make breakfast cookies

Quinoa Cookies Tips

Let’s talk for a second about quinoa in cookies. I recommend that you use leftover quinoa here. I like to make a big batch of quinoa early in the week for easy toss-together lunches and dinners. Store your cooked quinoa in the fridge so that when you’re ready to bake these breakfast cookies, it’s ready for you.

If you haven’t baked with oat flour before – it’s so easy. No need to go shopping for fancy flours, just blend your oats in a food processor for about a minute, and you have oat flour. It’s gluten-free, but be sure to seek out certified gluten-free oats if gluten is a problem for you.

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies recipe

Over here, my family is obsessed with these. They’re best straight out of the oven, but they also freeze incredibly well (hence, my 1 cookie per day breakfast obsession).

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies on a baking tray

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Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

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These vegan quinoa cookies are a great quick breakfast or healthy snack! Made with carrots, quinoa, and oats, they're naturally sweetened and gluten-free.
Recipe type: breakfast, snack
Serves: 12 large cookies
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup (additional) whole rolled oats* (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 5 tablespoons warm water
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup nuts and/or seeds (I used walnuts + pepitas)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Use a food processor or a blender to process the 1¼ cups rolled oats into a fine flour and measure out one level cup. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, the remaining 1 cup whole oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt. Fold in the quinoa and then the shredded carrots, stirring until the carrots are completely coated with flour.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and warm water and set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup and stir well to incorporate. Stir in the flaxseed mixture.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and fold until just combined. Stir in the walnuts, pepitas, and cranberries.
  5. Scoop about ¼ cup of batter for each cookie onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. When cookies are completely cool, they can be stored in an airtight container or frozen.
*Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats to make these gluten-free.



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  1. Trina from sistersweetly.wordpress.com

    You had me at cookies for breakfast! I love quiona, but haven’t tried it in cookies. I will for sure now. Thanks!

  2. Amy from parsleyinmyteeth.com

    I love the idea of a healthy breakfast cookie – sounds like you’re getting away with something pretty decadent but it’s actually good for you! Can’t wait to dive into a batch of these beauties!

  3. joanne

    I love your receipes but would also like to see a calorie and saturated fat count.

    • salty

      Me too, nutritional info would be great! 🙂

      • Diane

        What can I sub for oil? I don’t use it. Can I sub with mashed bananas?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Hi Diane, I haven’t tried these with mashed banana, so I can’t guarantee the results. But let me know if you give it a go!

        • Oma

          Try mashed Avocado. I use that instead of butter all the time. Won’t change the taste.

        • Recipe Breaker

          I used 1/2c. of applesauce, peanut butter instead of almond, and goji berries instead of cran…. and it worked really well.

          • Irma

            You used 1/2 c of apple sauce instead of what?

          • Bakergrrl

            1/2 c applesauce instead of coconut oil is what I used

      • Brian from smkitchencook.blogspot.com

        I entered it into MyFitnessPal and this is what came up.

        Nutrition Facts
        Servings 12.0
        Amount Per Serving
        calories 271
        % Daily Value *
        Total Fat 14 g 21 %
        Saturated Fat 5 g 23 %
        Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
        Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g
        Trans Fat 0 g
        Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
        Sodium 139 mg 6 %
        Potassium 220 mg 6 %
        Total Carbohydrate 39 g 13 %
        Dietary Fiber 6 g 23 %
        Sugars 13 g
        Protein 6 g 13 %
        Vitamin A 36 %
        Vitamin C 1 %
        Calcium 6 %
        Iron 10 %
        * The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

        • Alex

          Thanks so much. This is very helpful!!!

        • Marlene

          Thanks for sharing that, Brian!!

      • Julie Stroeve

        I’m on a low carbohydrate regime so nutritional analysis is key! thanks so much!

        • Julie Stroeve

          just saw the myfitnesspal analysis — 39 gm carbo is way too high for me (and probably is a deterrent for diabetics) so I’ll have to make some adjustments to make them work for me.

      • Marlene

        yes, please…. the “cookies” are delicious, but knowing how healthy they are, nutrition-wise, would be fun and helpful.
        I make a double batch every 2-3 weeks and I am the only one eating them!

    • There are very good online nutrition counters. You just put in the ingredients and they deliver the nutritional breakdown. Caloriecount.com and others. Just google!
      I would make the breakfast cookie in a savory version. On the premise that once you eat something sweet, you want something else sweet, we are trying to avoid all sugar until later in the day. Protein and complex carbs (which are sugars but which take a long time to metabolize) for breakfast.

      • Marlene

        I have been making them without the maple syrup and honey! still delicious! I am on a no sugar diet for Lyme Disease. 😉

  4. Yum, I had a breakfast cookie kick a while back, too! Flax eggs seen like a natural in nubby, chock full bakes like this. Hadn’t thought to add carrot, but these look totally great!

  5. So excited for these cookies. They look amazing. These sounds great post workout, good amount of protein. What a greay way to start the day!

  6. Obsessed!! Any day I can eat cookies for breakfast that are actually healthy, it the new best day ever!

  7. Kelley from vegetarianpdx.com

    I have to try these! There are mornings when my poor husband runs out the door with a piece of peanut butter toast wrapped up in a paper towel, and that’s his breakfast.

  8. Savvy

    guess it’s time for me to work with/cook quinoa after all! Breakfast cookies are already ‘on my radar’ and get cooked as take-alongs for camping, road trips, ski trips and more!

  9. Liz from travellingtabletales.com

    These look amazing. I go through breakfast phases too! At the moment it’s overnight oats with cacao avocado mousse. It was bagels before that. I think it might be breakfast cookies next…

    • Barbara Francetich

      That sounds wonderful. Do you use steel cut oats? What is in your cacao avocado mousse —sounds sinfully delicious!

  10. Tori from gringalicious.com

    Cookies for breakfast???? Um…………YES PLEASE! You can count me in for these healthy yummies for sure!

  11. Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands

    After you get over the quinoa salad obsession you start realizing how multi-purpose quinoa really is! Maybe I am so late in realizing this haha 🙂

  12. Brilliant! This is the second recipe I run into this morning that uses quinoa for an ingredient in a dessert so I’m getting pretty inspired now…

    Lisa Favre

  13. Stephanie from strategicdesignstudio.com

    Do you know the nutritional breakdown?

  14. These sound amazing! I also go through breakfast phases, and cookies for breakfast has been one of them. I was thinking it’d be good to throw quinoa in a recipe like that, and now you’ve gone and done it. Can’t wait to try these out!

  15. I eat a lot of cookies for breakfast – not the good kind – so thank you for this! Looking forward to trying. And congrats on the book!

  16. Ann

    Where can I find nutritional info on this recipe?

  17. Vanessa

    Looks delicious. I will try them since I am always on the hunt for new breakfast ideas.

    I usually eat oat banana coconut pancakes – they are also very yum.

    Best Vanessa /// http://www.cityfreudeblog.london

  18. These are just so adorable!! I love that you used oat flour – it’s my go-to flour in recipes I want to keep healthy enough to eat as a meal. So I have an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast. 😉

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’ve been on an oat flour kick lately :)(

  19. Kerry

    These are a very worthwhile and satisfying way to use up nut butters! I used tahini, because that is what I had on hand, and replaced maple syrup with honey, coconut oil with walnutoil, and added cardamom in addition to cinnamon. I ground the carrot with the 11/4 cups of oats in food processor (lazy solution to avoid grating), and it worked really well.

    • Jenny

      These cookies looked great but I don’t have any but butters on hand so thanks for the great tahini substitution idea!

  20. Oh these cookies look and sound perfect Jeanine! Totally whipping these up for Scott and I next week. All about carrot everything in sweets lately! And could not be more excited for your beautiful book (!!!) XO

  21. Mahee Ferlini

    These cookies look delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Krysten from momnoms.net

    I’m definitely going to make these for breakfast this weekend. I’ve been looking for any alternative to my usual! Thanks for the great post!

  23. Okay Jeanine – I blame you!!! I thought, “Oh, I’ll give ’em a try..” and in one week I’ve made this recipe 4 times! I don’t see why these aren’t good for me, but eating as many as I am (I’ve been sharing with my staff) they have to be bad. My worst problem is that i keep eating the raw dough. Okay, but serious a couple of thoughts. I have never had all of the ingredients so I’ve made a ton of substitutions…different in each batch. I’ve been using millet instead of quinoa sometimes, and the nuts and fruit keep changing. You mention finely shredded carrots – how are you doing this? My box grater has a fine option but the carrots never work in it. So I just use the course holes which seems to work fine. But if there’s an easy way to get fine I’d like to try it. Thanks again – love these!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Rob, (sorry for my slow reply! I somehow missed seeing your comment when it first came through). Wow, 4 times! I’m glad you like them and I’m glad they’ve worked with millet, etc. I use a mircoplane grater, (this kind: http://amzn.to/1MqofTr) which is sort of in between the 2 types of holes on a box grater. I’ve also pulsed them in my small food processor until they’re crushed up, which is quicker. Hope that helps!

      • Stefanie

        About how many carrots is a cup shredded?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          It depends how big your carrots are – about 2 large or 3 medium. Just be sure to measure after you grate them.

          • starlington

            I just made these and they are delicious!
            Rob, I put a bunch of baby carrots in my ninja blender and gave them a whirl. The carrots chopped up great! (or should I say “grate”?!) I wasn’t sure if there’d be enough liquid for them to blend but they were fine. I was ready to add a little scoop of applesauce and the flax-and-water mix if needed for blending purposes but it wasn’t necessary.
            This is also how I blended the oats — just measured in the 1.25 cup, blended up, and then measured the oat flour to be sure I had 1 cup as I poured it from the blender cup into the bowl. I used the ninja’s smaller add-on blender container to do this; I don’t know how it would work in a standard-size blender pitcher. The carrot results are probably smaller/finer than the grating version, but they measure/taste/cook the same.
            I don’t have a food processor but I imagine that would make quick work of the carrots, too.
            The recipe turned out great. I added a splash of vanilla and some golden raisins. I love pepitas but didn’t have any on hand so I used the walnuts and some hemp seeds. I also added a few pinches of chia seeds. The cookies were great out of the oven and I’m looking forward to trying them in the morning. 🙂

  24. Danica

    These cookies are so so good! I made a batch a few days ago and they barely lasted 24 hours in my house.

    I recently got this chai spice blend off of etsy and have been including 1 tsp of it into the recipe and it really puts them over the top! I would highly recommend it!

    Thank you for this recipe… seriously so yummy!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad! I’ll have to give the chai spice a try – sounds delicious 🙂

  25. Ashlae from ohladycakes.com

    I’ve been meaning to tell you that these have been my go-to breakfast during the past week of our renovation. I added some extra oats and skipped the baking (and leavening) and they make hella delicious no-bake oat bars. 😉 So excited for you guys and your cookbook! High fives, you two!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Ashlae! Awesome – I’ll have to try them as oat bars, thanks for the idea 🙂

  26. Kate from holajalapeno.com

    How yummy! Especially with almond butter and all the goodies. Sounds great!

  27. Tally

    Well just made these and they are amazing. I ate 4 already! Trying to actually save these for breakfast, hah. I used oat bran instead of the 1 cup oat flour, and used 1/4 cup earth balance instead of coconut oil, everything else I left the same. The dough comes out very wet, I had wondered if I needed to add more oats, but they still baked really well! Thanks again for another flawless recipe

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha, yea they’re easy to keep eating! So glad you liked them!!

  28. B

    These are holy cow amazing. My 1 year old loved it. My husband said they could be a bit sweeter but they’re good. Then he ate 3 and I had to tell him to stop so that we’d actually have some for the week.
    Thx for a great recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      HA, love hearing that, thanks!!

  29. .....

    What can I use if I don’t have any almond butter on hand?

  30. Sarajane

    How many calories in each cookie?

  31. sarah.a. from sarahlikesgreen.com

    love your blog and your book, it’s gorgeous.

    i wanted to know what nut would be a good substitute for walnuts: despite trying them time and time again i just do not like them. pecans? almonds? other?


    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sarah, thank you!! I’d use pecans, they should swap in just fine here!

      • Sarah A from Sarahlikesgreen.com

        So update to this question – my kid started at a school that doesn’t allow nuts. If I swap the almond butter for sunflower butter that’s fine but instead of walnuts and large sunflower seeds (that she doesn’t like), what could I use?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Hi Sarah, I don’t really think there’s a good swap for the texture of nuts, you could try leaving them out? Although, note that when you combine sunflower butter with carrots there’s a funny (although not unsafe) chemical reaction that makes these cookies turn green.

          I have a great pumpkin cookie recipe that I’m going to post very soon that’s similar to this one but nut-free. I think that one will be great for lunch boxes, stay tuned 🙂

  32. Jennifer

    These are really good and make me feel so much better about the out-the-door breakfast that my teenagers usually have. They bake up really nicely. I like that they don’t spread, but rather stay mounded in the oven. I’m not accustomed to cooking gluten free, and have one question. The baked product is a little softer than I would like. Would adding some portion of coconut flour help? I read today’s post about the raspberry scones and your comment that coconut flour absorbs moisture and helps to make the scones dense but not dry. What do you think about that addition to the breakfast cookies and how would you do it?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jennifer, glad your teenagers have been liking them! They’re supposed to be soft cookies – with this many oats and carrots, they’re not going to get crispy. That being said, to get a little crispness on the outside, you can either bake them a little longer or toast them in the oven on the second day until the outside has a crisper texture. I wouldn’t suggest using coconut flour for this one, I think it would make them a little too dry and/or might make them fall apart.

  33. kristen

    These were really tasty! I think I will add more spice next time because I like a lot of cinnamon and doubling wasn’t enough 🙂 Also they get really soft and crumbly after storing so they become a great yogurt or ice cream topping 🙂

  34. Tatiana

    They are simply great! I tried with butter of different nuts and it works out well. Baked walnuts give something really special for my taste. These cookies are perfect for a mid day snack. Thank you. Many other good recepies on your blog.

  35. Stephanie Ortiz

    I just found this recipe while exploring you blog (I go through it whenever I’m in need for a recipe, it’s perfect:) ) and going to try these today! I’ve been looking for a breakfast cookie for a while and I have all the ingredients. Wish me luck!

  36. Jennifer from Www.jennmcune.com

    Mine turned green… What did I do wrong?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jennifer – the only thing I can think is that maybe your pepitas were crushed/chopped and not completely whole? They’re the only thing that’s green in the recipe that might affect the color.

      • Jenn

        I also used sunflower butter!! Mystery solved!! Thanks so much, your follow through and knowledge (and delicious food) have made this my favorite food blog!

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          aw, thank you! So interesting (and weird) to know that sunflower seeds can have that reaction!

  37. Robyn

    Hello Jeanine!

    I usually never post comments on recipes that I make from websites but I really wanted to let you know how much I love this Genius recipe. Ever since you posted it I have made it twice a month and bring two to work each day for breakfast. I have to portion it everyday or else I’ll end up eating the entire batch in one sitting.

    For any future bakers out there that want to deviate from/experiment with the recipe I just wanted to share my tips/substitutions with you/them!

    1) Perfectly okay to substitute shredded carrots with shredded beets! I did not notice a flavor/color difference. I also shred them with a regular cheese grater (comes out bigger, but doesn’t bother me in the finished product!)

    2) I never used almond butter for this recipe. I have used natural (no salt) peanut butter and tahini/sesesame paste. As a PB love the flavor is definitely noticeable.

    3) I have substituted maple syrup for (local) honey, and I prefer the sweetness of the maple syrup (more pronounced in sweetness and flavor) for this recipe. If anyone wants a subtle sweetness with no pronounced flavor, try using golden blossom honey (not the “honey bear” honey).

    4) I have never used cranberries (never on hand) and have substituted it with currants (my go-to instead of raisins). Always delicious.

    5) Pepitas/Pumpkin Seeds really do add to the flavor and a great texture. I always toast the nuts in a toaster over for 15 min @ 350F and let them cool before adding to the “batter”

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Robyn! Sorry for my slow reply – thank you for commenting :). I’m so glad these are a part of your regular routine and thank you for sharing your successful modifications!

  38. tino


    I love the taste of the cookies. Unfortunately they aren’t as hard as they should be even after 25 minutes in the oven. I substituted the coconut oil and the almond butter with magarine. Any tips on how to make their texture more steady?

    Best wishes and thanks for the wonderful recipe.


    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Tino,

      The almond butter and coconut oil are an important part of the texture. I would suggest trying out the original recipe. Hope that helps!

  39. Emily Laguna

    I made these yesterday and they are very tasty! One question though – I left them out in a ziplock bag overnight and this morning something in them had turned green. They still taste fine and I don’t see how they could have developed mold overnight, right? Does the flaxseed change color? I followed the recipe, except added sugar instead of maple syrup, and sunflower butter instead of almond butter. Any ideas?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Emily – a few comments up someone else had this issue – it’s not mold (they’re safe to eat) but check out this link: http://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-when-good-carrots-52210. Apparently carrots can have this reaction with baking soda and sunflower seeds. If you use almond butter, they shouldn’t discolor.

  40. spoonlegged

    These are so delicious! My twin 1.5 year olds can’t stop shoveling them in their mouths. They make the perfect healthy daycare snack. Question: can I freeze them?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad they loved them! Yes, they freeze really well!

  41. callycakes

    I’m sorry, but this recipe is terrible!
    How healthy can a recipe be when you eat half of the batch???!! Lol!
    These are surprisingly additicting! And it’s nice to know I’m getting some good stuff in while nursing my 6 month old. Also, my 2 year old loves them too!!
    The only change I made was using LIVfit superfood blend in place of the flaxmeals because I had none(I know, I live under a rock). And my food processor made quick work of those carrots!
    Thank you for sharing this!! I’ll be coming making thus again and again and again!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha, I’m so glad you and your 2 year old loved them 🙂

  42. Lucy

    These are so amazingly delicious! I made them for my daughter who is gluten and dairy free. She loved them, as did the rest of the family!! I used peanut butter instead of almond butter b/c it was what I had on hand. Also, did need to cook them longer than recipe stated to get them firm, but hardly a problem. My daughter is begging me to make these again. Thanks for a great recipe!

  43. Clodagh Hayes

    Made these last night for the first time. Very yummy and not too sweet. I used normal butter (melted) instead of almond butter so not vegan but like the idea of trying peanut butter or tahini next time. They tasted even better after a night in the fridge.
    I had to convert the American cups into metric measurements so it took a bit of time and I’m sure I was very approximate on quantities but it seemed to work.
    Love the idea of oat flour from oat flakes – I had no idea it was so simple!

  44. Krista

    These looks perfect! If I don’t have flax, how do I replace with egg? Thanks!

  45. Sonnie

    Made these today and my 6 year old son decided he couldn’t wait for breakfast and had one for dessert. They are a big hit, thank you!!! He’s looking forward to a Decafe Nespresso with the Hazelnut Milk in the morning to go with his breakfast cookie 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Aw, yay, I’m so glad to hear that he approved :). Hope you both enjoy the Hazelnut Milk as well!

  46. Rose

    First of all, this is NOT my kind of cookie. And yet, I was drawn to the recipe over and over since its post. So, I made them today. Holy mother of deliciousness, they are GREAT!! The only sub I made was to use sprouted watermelon seeds in place of pepitas. I did bake them longer than specified, perhaps another 15 minutes for crispy edges and then cranked it to 375 for another 5 minutes. Outsides crispy, still soft-ish in the centre. Just the right amount of sweetness for my taste. I’ve never been happier to be wrong. Extra quinoa in the fridge so I see another bake in the near future. Thank you so much!

  47. Sherri

    Hi, I made these and the texture is very crumbly when you bite into it. They fall apart. I made them as the recipe states, baking 18 minutes and using dried cherries and pepitas for the fruit but combo. Any ideas? Should inhale them longer?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sherri, these are on the crumbly side – but I would recommend baking them a little longer and/or letting them sit on the pan longer to cool before trying to pick one up. Hope that helps!

      • Rose

        Hi, I’m just wondering how exactly you are cooking your quinoa for this recipe and if you could specify, it might help as it could have some impact on the texture (crumbly vs VERY crumbly) of the cookie that some people are experiencing. Personally, when I cook my quinoa for salads, etc., I use a 1:1 ratio of Water to quinoa so that my grains come out separate vs more on the mushy side. However, for this recipe, I’m guessing you want it more mushy so that everything binds together and hence are probably using what many folks do, a 2:1 ratio of 2 cups water to one of quinoa. Could you please clarify? Thank you. P.S. Since my previous post I have made three double batches of these cookies. Love!

  48. Amy

    Made these to the recipe, and they are a hit with the whole family. Only change I would make next time is to omit the chunky things – cranberries (as the cookies are on the crumbly side anything big in them just encourages them to break up, also my son thought cranberries baked were ‘too chewy”) and chopped nuts. I think keeping the mix finer (seeds, finely chopped nuts) will make them bond better. I might try doing a thumbprint of jam in the centre next time. Brilliant recipe, thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Amy, I’m so glad you liked the recipe! Also, if you try baking them a tad longer they aren’t as crumbly.

  49. Julie

    These cookies are so delicious!! Even my toddler loves them! One issue I had was that they fall apart very quickly in little hands, would it be possible to add eggs to these? Could I add an egg in addition to the flax, or do I need to remove the flax?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your toddler loves them! I haven’t tried these with an egg so I can’t say for sure for sure, but I’d skip the flax + water and use 1 large egg instead. And/or, try baking them a little longer – closer to the 18 minute mark and see if that does the trick.

  50. Danika Groves

    So yummy, convenient, and flexible to make! These healthy treats will be a constant in the household and on the golf course (my partner is a professional golfer).

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      so glad you enjoyed them!

  51. TJ Reardon

    I’m so glad they loved them! Yes, they freeze really well!

  52. Dani

    Made them today and I couldn’t stop licking the bowl before they went into the oven. That’s when I knew that they gonna be amazing and they are! Absolutely love them. So delicious and sweet. Might make them less sweet by adding less maple syrup next time, cause the carrots and almond butter add a bit of sweetness as well. I used canola oil instead of coconut oil and left out the cranberries and seeds, due to a fussy little one at home. But I’m sure she’ll love them as much as I do.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Dani, I’m so glad you loved the cookies!!

  53. Devon

    These are amazing! I did make some less healthy substitutions based on my preferences.

    I didn’t have enough rolled oats so I subbed the oat flour for regular flour which i reduced by a 1/4 cup.

    I also subbed chocolate chips instead of cranberries to make these more appealing to my husband ha ha!

    This will definitely be a repeat recipe. I’m glad I made a double batch 😛

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay! I’m so glad you loved the cookies! Ha ha, I hope he loved the chocolate chips 🙂

  54. Ishani

    Hey there! Amazing recipe, just what I had been looking for! Cheers!
    Was just wondering how long they’d last if kept in an air tight container at room temperature?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Ishani, 3 to 4 days, they also freeze well!

  55. Shelikestomove

    Hi there! I have an allergy to oats so I try to avoid them. Is it ok to increase the quinoa and carrots to make up the difference? Or just increase the quinoa?


    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi, I’m sorry I don’t think this recipe will work without oats, they likely will fall apart with just quinoa.

  56. XPL

    Lovely recipe and a great way to get my kid to eat some quinoa! I used 2 eggs instead of the flaxseed as I didn’t have any flaxseed home and we are not vegan. I also didn’t add any nuts or cranberries & the biscuits were still delicious!
    My husband said they taste like carrot cake biscuits!
    Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you all enjoyed these!

  57. jolinda

    Just made a batch. I love them. I only had 1/4 cup of maple syrup so I used honey for the other 1/4 cup of sweet stuff. Used almond slivers and cran-pomegranate. I thought they were wonderful. The true test will be when my grandkids come this weekend. 🙂


    OH MY GOD amazing I almost ate all the dough before I even cooked any I will make these again

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Haha, I’m so glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  59. Gina

    Thank you so much for your creative healthy recipes, I loved this one! Many times healthy recipes are too dry or bland but these are great, even my picky husband liked them:)
    I ran out of coconut oil so I used 3tbs melted butter instead and it worked well.
    Made half with choc chips and half without, we actually liked them without chocolate better.
    Thank you again!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  60. Doreen

    I stumbled upon the Quinoa Breakfast cookies…..sensational…love the recipe…moist and delicious….super easy.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Doreen, I’m so glad you loved them!

  61. Barb

    I’ve made these cookies 3 times. Although we really like the taste, we don’t like that they crumble so easily. Not just when they’r warm, but when they’re fresh out of the refrigerator. I even tried using eggbeaters (equivalent of 1 whole egg) and it didn’t help very much. I’ve now put the batch in the freezer – we’ll see how that works! Any suggestions?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Barb, try baking them a little longer and try leaving them on the baking sheet to cool for a little longer before transferring to a rack. Also, make sure your almond butter is pretty smooth and not dry/chunky. Hope that helps!

  62. Emily

    Do you think you could use oat bran instead of the oat flour?


    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Emily, since oat bran is more coarse, I don’t think they’d hold together.

  63. Grace

    I love these the first time I made them and want to make them again but I only have 1 cup of oats due to quarantine (not enough to make oat flour) can I sub almond flour instead?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Grace, so sorry for my slow reply, I’m not sure, I think it could work but it’s hard to say without trying.

  64. Grace

    Can I make the oat flour with quick oats for this recipe

  65. Amy

    I am an avid user of your cookbook and recipes on line and have never been disappointed in the taste!
    I made these cookies today and love the flavors, although they fall apart easily. Any suggestions?
    Also, if I don’t have flaxseed, can I substitute 1 egg?
    Thanks for offering healthy foods with great flavors!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Amy, if you bake them longer, they’ll hold together better (these don’t overbake easily). When the bottom becomes more firm, they become more cohesive. You can also try leaving them on the baking sheet until they’re cooled completely. They’ll be crumbly just out of the oven but should firm up as they cool.

      Also, be sure your almond butter is smooth and not at all chunky.

      I haven’t tried with eggs, but I would try 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water instead of the 5 tablespoons that’s listed.

      Hope that helps!

  66. Acelya

    These cookies look delicious. I cannot wait to try them! Would it be ok to use quinoa flour instead of cooked quinoa?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Acelya, no I’m sorry that wouldn’t be a 1:1 swap.

  67. Tania

    Yum city! These really lived up to the hype. I followed advice to shred the carrots in the food processor after making the oat flour, and I subbed olive oil and a regular egg, and used pepitas, pecans and dark chocolate chips. My partner said, “I”m just going to eat all of these OK?” of the 6 cookies left on the sheet😂 And they’re practically a health food! They did fall apart a little while still warm (we couldn’t wait) but firmed up nicely when fully cooled. Make them!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Tania, I’m so glad you both loved them!

  68. Bakergrrl

    Have made these twice so far. Subbed cooked diced sweet potato for carrot, pb for almond butter, applesauce for coconut oil, all whole rolled oats instead of half oat flour, and one jumbo egg instead of flax egg and I formed them into ‘meatball’ shapes by hand and they were BEAUTIFUL! Thanks 😊

  69. Kristy

    I’ve heard great things about this recipe – do they freeze easily for grab and go breakfasts?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yep, they freezer great! My favorite thing to have stashed away in my freezer.

  70. Kiara from positivescripts.com

    Holy cow, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this recipe came out amazing! I didn’t add any nuts, and replaced almond butter with peanut butter, and added a splash of vanilla. So delicious, healthy, and glad it’s vegan! Thank you for the recipe! I’ll be trying more of yours 🙂

  71. Tina

    These are AMAZINGLY delicious. It is really hard to only eat one… Or two… 😁

    Do we know the nutritional info for these yums?

  72. Marilyn

    Would like nutrition information for your recipes.

  73. Amy

    Absolutely delicious! I am avoiding most flours, and love that these are made from gluten free oat flour. The texture is so moist, fluffy and slightly chewy. To me this is the perfect texture. The flavor is spot on. I enjoyed with coffee and went back for seconds while my husband enjoyed 3. Don’t think they will make it to the freezer. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin chocolate chip version! Thank you for another amazing recipe that is still on the healthy side.

    • Amy

      Leaving 5 stars as I forgot to hit the stars from my last post. If I could, I would give this recipe 10 stars

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Thanks Amy! I’m so glad you loved them!

      • Marlene

        They are great at any meal! Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin/choc chip cookies!

  74. Marlene

    Hi, I didn’t have any almond butter so I substituted (on a whim) 1/4 c melted butter and 1/2 cup applesauce. and a bit of almond flour and ground coconut flakes, If anyone is looking to make these nut-free, I am pretty sure the bit of almost flour that I added for flavor is optional.

  75. Kathleen Sandoval

    Hi, I was looking for a healthy vegan snack yesterday and found your recipe. Made the cookies last night and followed the recipe exactly. However as others have mentioned I found the baked cookie too moist and crumbly, even when doubling the cook time. Since cooling on a cookie rack didn’t help much I re-baked them this morning for another 30 min. Texture and firmness much better. Bottom line: these are a great cookie!! I will be sure to try your other recipes. Thank you!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kathleen, I’m glad you enjoyed them – be sure to let them cool directly on the baking sheet after you take them out without moving them, not on a wire rack.

  76. SV

    Do you freeze these baked? And simply dethaw them to eat or do you freeze the dough and then bake them? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I freeze them after they’re baked and cooled. I thaw them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. I haven’t tried freezing the dough, I don’t know if that would work well for these.

  77. Nora winje

    These look excellent! If I want to use eggs us it one egg or two – to replace the flax seed?

  78. Megan

    These were great! I substituted one egg as I’m not vegan…might have needed more as it all wasn’t binding super easily? Not a huge deal because they came out as cookies and are yummy!

  79. Veronica

    These are absolutely delicious! I made a few modifications to the recipe for my kiddos. I used plain non-fat greek yogurt in place of the almond butter (their school is nut-free); I put the carrots, seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower) and cranberries in the food processor to chop them up small (some reviewers said the big items “fell out” of the cookie/crumbled); I also substituted an egg for the flax mixture. I was a little skeptical how sweet they would be but they came out amazing! It’s definitely going in our favorites folder! Thank you!

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