Protein Packed Breakfast Cookie with Quinoa, Raisins and Walnuts

When Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their organic coconut oil, my first inspiration was to make spiced nuts.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Honey Roasted Cashews

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Honey Roasted Cashews

My second thought was to amp up my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. I wanted a healthy oatmeal cookie I could eat for breakfast with that first cup of steaming coffee.

For me the perfect breakfast cookie includes lots of protein, a smidgeon of fat, and fiber to keep me satisfied for at least few hours.

The problem with oats was that they don’t pack as much protein punch as quinoa. If you’re watching your carbs, it’s true that they have a higher carbohydrate content, but I’ll take that carb and protein blast to get me started in the morning.

So I thought, why not replace my morning oatmeal with a quinoa packed breakfast cookie.

Just because I liked these quinoa packed breakfast cookies, didn’t mean they’d pass the taste test, so I passed them off as oatmeal cookies to my husband and sister-in-law.

“Blog worthy?” I asked.
“Definitely!” was the response.

So here you are! Blog worthy breakfast cookies. Take some to work and enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Protein Packed Breakfast Cookie
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • ¼ cup Tropical Traditions Gold Label coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup carrots, shredded
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine quinoa, coconut oil, eggs, brown sugar, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then mix well.
  4. Add raisins, nuts and carrots and fold in until well combined.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the scoop with cookie dough and level off. Then place on a cookie sheet 3" apart, and gently press into a bit larger circle.
  6. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until lightly browned.
Calories: 233 Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6 Total Fat: 7.52g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 37mg Total Carbs: 36.61g Dietary Fiber: 3.43g Sugars: 16.31g Protein: 4.87g
Nutrition Information
Calories: 12

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  1. says

    These look so good! I love quinoa but never thought to use it in baking instead of oatmeal. I must start experimenting. I’m going to make these for an easy breakfast for me and my daughter. Thanks for posting it!

  2. says

    Spiced nuts, breakfast cookies…you are speaking my language here! I love it when delicious is good for you too! I’m visiting via the Food Blogger Connection Group on Linked In. I’m the one who recommended Blog Hops to improve traffic. There is one live on my site now that this recipe would be perfect for if you are interested. Leaving a link for ease – I hope you don’t mind

    • says

      Hi April! I’m so glad we connected on LinkedIn. I’m a bit behind on my comments as my son is getting married next weekend, so life has gotten a bit away from me. I’ll check out your link and see if it’s still active. Have a wonderful week! :)

  3. says

    Breakfast cookies? Yes please! Oh this would be nice treat from morning. It’s interesting that quinoa is in the cookies. I’ve never tried it before. Also, I’ve seen coconut oil everywhere – that’s something I haven’t used. So many things to try – thanks for sharing this recipe! :-)

    • says

      I’m a big fan of quinoa. It cooks up quickly and is a terrific source of protein. I’ve yet to make a breakfast cereal from it, but that’s next on my list. If you decide to give it a try, don’t buy it by the box, get it in the bulk foods aisle. It’s much cheaper.

  4. says

    Brilliant! I’m always experimenting with a healthy breakfast cookie. Swapping the oats for quinoa is fabulous! Can’t wait to make some in the morning.

    • says

      I was really surprised at how well these worked out, and I love the extra protein punch in the am. Thanks for visiting and have a good Sunday!

  5. says

    Love these cookies, and the fact that they are healthy and I can eat them for breakfast, yeah I’ll be making them tomorrow thanks for sharing, great recipe.


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