Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

Close up of Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate chunks

These Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt are perfect for breakfasts on the go. Not only are they delicious, but they’re packed with protein, whole grains and fiber.

I teamed up with the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and Hogdson Mills to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

What if I told you that you could eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast and feel totally justified in that decision? This recipe for Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt is here for you! As drool worthy as these cookies look (and they are) they’re also packed with protein and fiber. They’ll keep you feeling full all morning and are the best way to start your day. #WillGetOutOfBedForCookies

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt are perfect for breakfasts on the go. Not only are they delicious, but they're packed with protein, whole grains and fiber.

Here’s how we’re keeping these Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate healthy:

  • Adding in quinoa flour
  • Swapping in coconut oil for the butter or oil
  • Sweetening and keeping them moist with applesauce

And here’s how we’re making them extra delicious:

  • Dark chocolate chunks
  • Flaky sea salt to finish them off

Ingredients for Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with dark chocolate and sea salt

Guaranteed these Quinoa Breakfast Cookies are going to become your new morning obsession!

I love the fact that you can make a big batch of these quinoa cookies on the weekend and then enjoy them throughout the week. You can even stash them in the freezer for up to a month, or just bring a big batch in to work and sweeten up your coworkers. I brought in a bunch of these beauties to work a few weeks ago and I’ve already given out the recipe several times. Until I told them, no one had any idea that these were actually healthy cookies!

To me, these quinoa breakfast cookies taste like a combination between a cookie and muffin. I’d say they’re a bit like a muffin top, without all the crumbliness… and they bake up right on a cookie sheet. Meaning no need for one of those specialty muffin top pans.

Quinoa breakfast cookies on cookie rack topped with dark chocolate and sea salt

Not only do these quinoa breakfast cookies give you an energy boost, but they’re packed with fiber and protein too. All those nutrients come from the healthy grains in these breakfast cookies – quinoa flour, steel cut oats and whole wheat flour. And all of these healthy grains come from one of my favorite producers –  Hodgson Mill. The majority of people don’t get enough fiber in their diets, but it’s vital for digestive and heart health. But by substituting traditional white flour with a bit of quinoa flour and whole wheat flour, it’s an easy way to sneak in nutrition when you bake. I’ve played around with proportions quite a bit and have found that it’s easy to make this swap in any recipe by simply substituting 1/4 to 1/3 of the total flour in a recipe with whole grain or quinoa flour. Most likely, you won’t even notice the difference.

So, have I convinced you to try these Quinoa Breakfast Cookies? If not, let me just let these photos speak for themselves…

Close up of Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate chunks

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 104 kcal
Author: Erin
These Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt are perfect for breakfasts on the go. Not only are they delicious, but they're packed with protein, whole grains and fiber.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Hodgson Mills quinoa flour
  • 1 cup Hodgson Mills white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1 cup Hodgson Mills steel cut oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together coconut oil and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and applesauce and mix until combined.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Add the oats and mix to combine. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon dough in 1-tablespoon portions onto prepared sheets, spacing 1” apart.
  5. Bake cookies until golden, 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool for at least 15 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer carefully to a cooling rack.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Potassium 48mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you loved this recipe for Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Dark Chocolate,  I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished cookies and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings.

Hand reaching for quinoa breakfast cookies topped with dark chocolate and sea salt

Be sure to try these Blueberry & White Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Cookies too.

19 comments

  1. Kelsey

    Yummm these sound delicious and right up my alley. Pinning to try later!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you enjoy Kelsey.

      Reply

  2. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I must try these out on my kids. They’d lose their mind if I served them cookies for breakfast!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Totally! Mom of the Year!

      Reply

  3. Pech

    You had me with being able to justify this as a healthy breakfast ;D

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast, right Pech?

      Reply

  4. Mary

    These sound awesome! My husband can’t stand it anytime I cook with quinoa, but I doubt he’d notice it in this recipe! I’m totally going to try them and see if I can fool him! Thanks

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Let me know if you were able to sneak it in Mary!

      Reply

  5. Create/Enjoy (@SuzannahStanley)

    Fun idea! I’ve done some paleo cookies that are more like breakfast cookies than dessert but still delicious!

    Reply

  6. Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman

    These sound delicious. Somehow, I have managed to accumulate way too many steel cut oats, which gives me an excuse to make a batch or two asap!

    Reply

  7. Julia | Savory Tooth

    What a fun idea! This looks incredibly simple to make. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Of course Julia – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  8. Albert Bevia

    Brilliant idea using quinoa flour to make these cookies, plus there is nothing better than the combination of chocolate with a touch of sea salt, great recipe 🙂

    Reply

  9. All That I'm Eating

    What a treat to have these for breakfast or a mid-morning snack! They look great.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks! I love eating cookies for breakfast!

      Reply

  10. Mindy Hartley

    What would you substitute the white whole grain flour with to make these GF? Dy to try them!

    Reply

  11. Vera Peress

    These are super delicious. I turned them into Lactation cookies by adding a little Brewers Yeast and flaxseed. Thanks for a great recipe.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks for that tip Vera!

      Reply

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