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Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Discovering that I can replace the oats in a recipe with cooked quinoa has changed my life. Like when I found out that coconut flour could be added to smoothies for extra fiber, or when I was first introduced to the chia seed – all mind blowing moments.

Now, I am looking at recipes that call for oats with a whole new eye. Overnight oats – try overnight quinoa! Fruit crumble with oat topping – bust out an apple crumble with a layer of cooked quinoa over top.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

And… the cookies. I’ve made lots, and lots of cookies.

I cannot get enough of the whole quinoa cookie concept. I’m packing them with me on the go, adding them as a side to my morning fruit salads, and treating them as a late evening treat with a tall glass of homemade sunflower seed milk.

Plus? I feel SO good eating them. You know, like when you eat something you can almost hear your body say, “YES! This is perfect!” I love it when that happens.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Many of you asked if quinoa flakes could be used in quinoa cookies instead of cooked quinoa. I tried it, not changing anything else in the recipe, and it was a massive fail.

However, I know that you can use a mixture of quinoa flakes and ground flax seed in some recipes that call for quick oats. I usually do a mixture of 70% quinoa flakes to 30% flax seeds and use it in place of quick oats in cookie, bar, or square recipes. I haven’t had much luck using that same mix for recipes that call for rolled oats. It’s a whole different ball game with rolled oats.

If all you have is quinoa flakes, check out my Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe where I used quinoa flakes and flax. They’re really good!

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

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Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 24
 
Vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies made with cooked quinoa, maple syrup and fresh zucchini. All the goodness of zucchini bread, with a breakfast feel.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup raw quinoa
  • 1½ cups water
Dry
Wet
Add-ins
  • ⅓ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, lightly packed, wrap in a clean kitchen towel and ring out extra juices
Instructions
  1. Add quinoa and water to a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Once complete, ensure that ALL water is gone and the quinoa is fully cooked. Remove from the stove, transfer to a large bowl, and allow to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. You need to cool the quinoa otherwise it will melt the chocolate chips.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl. Then, measure 1½ cups of the cooked quinoa and add to the dry ingredients. Stir to coat, until all quinoa is covered in the mixture. Set aside.
  4. Add all wet ingredients to a small bowl and stir well.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and shredded zucchini.
  7. One tablespoon at a time, scoop mixture onto prepared baking sheet, leaving a small space between each cookie. They will not spread out, so you can keep the cookies close. Lightly form each cookie, as you’d like them to come out. I flattened them slightly between my palms.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven, let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and allowing them to cool for a couple of hours. Because cooked quinoa was used in this recipe, the longer you leave it to cool, the firmer the cookies will become. Leave it be and it will transform!
  10. These cookies can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Notes
Oil: you can use any kind of oil here.

Flour: I have not made these cookies with anything other than Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free All Purpose Flour. I've been told that regular, gluten all purpose does not work. I think you could probably use a 50/50 combination of brown rice flour and white rice flour, or a 70/30 combination of chickpea flour and arrowroot starch, but I'm just guessing here.

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Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Once you’ve cooked your quinoa and allowed it to cool (so it doesn’t melt the chocolate chips) preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Set aside.

Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl. Then, measure 1½ cups of the cooked quinoa and add to the dry ingredients. Stir to coat, until all quinoa is covered in the mixture. Set aside.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Add all the wet ingredients to a small bowl and stir well. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Stir in chocolate chips and shredded zucchini.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Make sure you ring out the zucchini to remove access water. This will help with the overall result of the cookies. Don’t skip it!

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

One tablespoon at a time, scoop mixture onto prepared baking sheet, leaving a small space between each cookie. They will not spread out, so you can keep the cookies close. Lightly form each cookie, as you’d like them to come out. I flattened them slightly between my palms.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and golden.

Remove from the oven, let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and allowing them to cool for a couple of hours. Because cooked quinoa was used in this recipe, the longer you leave it to cool, the firmer the cookies will become. Leave it be and it will transform!
Drizzle with melted coconut butter and serve. These cookies can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

The recipes you see on the blog are just a small piece to the big Healthful Pursuit picture. I happily invest thousands of hours and an bunch of creative and financial resources to continue to up my game, creating recipes and resources for you that are the best of their kind.

About 2 weeks after the launch of my Dessert Freedom Cookbook in May, I got working on a NEW Grain-free, Vegan Christmas Dessert Cookbook.

And, from what I’m seeing, this baby is going to be even better than the last. Pecan pie, candy cane cookies, shortbread, and Nanaimo bars are on the list and recipes are being tested left, right, and upside down.

I’ll share more details with you soon, but for now — just mark your calendar for November 5 and know that the answer to your Christmas baking conundrum is just around the corner ;)

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  1. This recipe lots amazing and I’m sure it will become a fast fave. I can’t wait to get your recipe book. I’m afraid it has to be put off this week as we get caught up in bills, as the back to school price has hit hard. I’m so excited for your 2nd book and the great success you’re having is so well deserved. I can’t imagine all the hours, ingredients and hard work that goes into each recipe and post. You are an amazing woman! Thank you for everything you do Leanne, it’s very much appreciated :)

  2. Cannot wait to try them. One question, how about replacing the maple syrup with pure raw honey?

    Jennifer

  3. Making them right now! Can’t decide if I should go ahead and back them or just eat the cookie dough like it is! The dough itself tastes delicious!

  4. While making these I messed up this recipe (too much zucchini, wrong order of ingredients, added a little protein powder…) and they STILL turned out pretty good! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. These look delicious! And…coconut flour in smoothies?! I cannot recall seeing any smoothie recipes of yours that include that, but I must try this!

    • I do it ALL the time… but I think there is only one recipe on the blog where I did it, and shared it. You must try it!

  6. Yeah….a grain free cookbook….finally…don’t know if you have experimented with grain free pasta yet….if so, and you have a recipe that works, let me know. Can’t wait to try the cookies.

  7. Hi Leanne, I made these cookies last night and they are awesome. I had one as soon as they came out of the oven and cooled for a few seconds and then I had another before I went to bed. I liked it better then as it had time to set up. These are going to be great for me to take to work for a snack break and to keep in the freezer at home and take one whenever I feel the urge for a healthy treat. Your site is wonderful and I love all the healthy twists you put on your recipes girl. Thanks so much for all you do for your readers.

    Happy Fall!

  8. I meant to also tell you that I used a gluten free all-purpose baking flour that wasn’t Bobs Red Mill, and they turned out fine. I didn’t mention the name as I wasn’t sure that it was OK to say the brand. If you want to know I can tell you.

    • Hey Sarah! I’m going to have to try it with the next batch as I’ve had a lot of people ask me about it. I’m not too sure… but when I do try it, I’ll use just a couple tablespoons of coconut flour. Let me know how it works out if you beat me to it!

      • Hii!
        Did you ever get a chance to try this recipe out with coconut flour? :D id loveeee to try it.

  9. Dear Leanne,

    Congratulations for your blog. Nowadays, I’m on a candida diet -1 month- and I wonder if I can use non whole flour -gluten free all purpose flour as I’m not sure if I’m feeding my candida if I use it.
    I also would like to know if you’re sure that Nutritional Yeast doesn’t feed my candidas.
    I’m trying to introduce some raw food from time to time but it’s a great challenge.
    Thank you very much from Barcelona.
    Manuela

  10. These were fabulous Leanne! I used Bob’s Oat Flour instead of all-purpose flour and I thought they turned out great. My 2.5 year old loved them too! Thank you for sharing :-)

  11. I am in dreamland having found your blog, thank you! I have a husband and son that are gluten intolerant, and another son that is allergic to eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, coconut, shrimp, mango, and spinach. These recipes are SO helpful since we are trying to lean more towards a 1/2 time vegan lifestyle. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to make these and other recipes. I’ll swap various seeds for the nuts.

  12. any thoughts on almond flour in place of the all-purpose? i really really want to make these but i really really dont want to leave my loft. :]

    • Hi Paige – I’m sure it would work, although I haven’t tried it. Hope that helps!

  13. Made these tonight with the kids for ski lunches tomorrow and school lunches the next day. The recipe made 24 nice sized cookies for me. Looks like I should have doubled the batch, as we only have enough left for tomorrow.
    The cookies came out slightly crunchy in the outside, chewy on the inside. I added a few more chocolate chips for the heck of it and will likely don’t he same next time. Delicious.

  14. Delish! I did some substitutions: I used a 50/50 mix of almond meal and spelt flour. Instead of zucchini I used an equal amount of grated butternut squash. I did not use maple syrup but I used sugar free pancake syrup. I did not have chocolate chips but used piñon chocolate candies chopped roughly. I did not cool the quinoa and it turned out just fine. My hubby and I loved them. Will be making these again for friends and family!

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