Chewy whole wheat peanut butter cookies with a hint of honey and an incredible nutty quinoa crunch in every bite. A healthier cookie that you’ll love from first bite!

Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that your new year is off to a great start!

Whether you’ve resolved to eat a little better or eat a lot more cookies (like me!), these Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies are sure to get your new year off to a sweet start.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Quinoa in cookies?! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Quinoa adds the most amazing nutty crunch to these chewy peanut butter cookies. Combined with hearty whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened peanut butter, these cookies are protein-packed and full of fiber. We can’t get enough of them.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

They’re so easy to bake and keep great in a sealed container on the counter or in the fridge. Just make sure you plan ahead so the quinoa is cooked and cooled when you’re ready to mix the dough. I usually make a double batch of plain quinoa to go with dinner one night and then use the cooled leftovers to bake into these yummy cookies later that night or the next morning. We’re crazy about quinoa!

Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Whether it’s breakfast, snack time or dessert, these cookies are so tasty and make for a great healthy treat that everyone will love!

Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies




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Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen
  • Category: Dessert


Chewy whole wheat peanut butter cookies with a hint of honey and an incredible nutty quinoa crunch in every bite. A healthier cookie that you’ll love from first bite!


  • 1 cup natural no-stir peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups cooked and cooled quinoa


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter, honey and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add the quinoa and mix on low speed until well incorporated throughout the dough.
  4. Roll dough into heaping tablespoon-sized balls and place about an inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Gently flatten each of the balls of cookie dough with the palm of your hand and then use a fork to make a crisscross design in the top of the cookies, if desired.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies just start to crisp around the edges, rotating cookie sheets halfway through baking time. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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  1. I’m not sure about this one. I love the idea of a quinoa peanut butter cookie but when I made these I found the resulting dough was so liquidus that I couldn’t form balls. Tasting the dough, it also seemed very high in a baking soda or powder taste. I thus added about 1/2 white flour and the the resulting cookies are pretty good, closer to the traditional texture.

    1. Hi! I’m so sorry to hear that the dough didn’t mix up as it should for you. What brand of peanut butter did you use? I’m wondering if your peanut butter was oily which would add more liquid to the recipe than expected. Did you let the quinoa cool completely? Also, did you follow all of the other ingredients and measurements exactly at first? The dough should actually be quite thick and hearty so I’m not sure what else could have gone wrong on your end. The baking soda and baking powder measurements are definitely correct so I’m wondering if you happened to over measure them or if you didn’t add the correct amount of flour and quinoa to begin with. I hope this helps troubleshoot a bit and that you get to bake them again with great success! Enjoy!

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