Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies

by Amie on August 12, 2013


Not quite sure how to introduce these magical almond cookies into your life without throwing a big shabbaaanggg!

These are pretty gosh darn awesome.



Honestly, this is the easiest dessert ever.


I hope you have all of these ingredients in your pantry…and if you don’t check out Vitacost for a quick and painless delivery. It’s what I use when I can’t get to the food store and I’m in a hurry to make tasty vegan cookies.


As for these cookies, well as long as you have almonds, almond butter, almond extract, butter, quinoa and cocoa powder- you’re pretty much all set.

These cookies are a protein powerhouse.


Yes, a powerhouse.

You’ve got protein comin’ at you in 4 directions: quinoa, almonds, almond meal and almond butter. Wowzers, bet you didn’t think you’d be getting your protein after dinner, did you?

Now go munch on a salad so you can enjoy 10 of these tonight.





4.6 from 7 reviews

Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 12
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan and Vegetarian
  • 1 tsp. almond butter
  • 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond butter, bananas, almond extract and coconut sugar. Add cooked quinoa, quinoa flakes and sea salt; mix well then add in cocoa powder, crushed almonds and cacao nibs. Using a teaspoon, portion golf ball sized cookies onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven; set aside to cool before serving.
Calories:148.8 cal • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 3.4 g • Carb: 28.1 g • Fiber: 3.3 g • Sugar: 10.8 g • Sodium: 56.5 mg



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kelley {mountain mama cooks} August 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

These look awesome! I am so in love with everything almond right now. I love that these aren’t sweet- makes them the perfect compliment with coffee or tea in the afternoon!


Amie August 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Thanks Kelley! Sending you the biggest hug. Miss you so much and hope all is well out West. xoox Love ya!


Laura Dembowski August 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

These cookies look awesome, Amie! Yay for healthy cookies :)


Amie August 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Laura; hope you love ‘em!


Joolie August 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

No disrespect intended, but for those of us not dietarily-challenged, or in possession of Almond Flour, do you think Wheat Flour would work as a substitute? I’m Quinoa-crazy these days and would love to try these.


Amie August 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Joolie; great to hear from you! I didn’t try this recipe with wheat flour so I don’t know the ratio for using wheat. Thank you for your comment and hope you can enjoy it with the almond flour!


michele August 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

You can easily make your own almond flour — just grind up the requisite amount of almonds in a food processor!


Kate August 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

These look amazing!! I can’t wait to make them! I was just had a few quetions if you wouldn’t mind…
Do you have the nutrition information?
Should it be unsweetened cocoa powder?
Can you use regular butter if you are not vegan?

I am new to gluten free and I’m so happy to have found your site! I feel like I can eat things I love without feeling horrible after.

Thanks so much!!


Amie August 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Kate; not sure why you can’t see the nutrition info- it should be there but I’ll try refreshing. I used sweetened cocoa powder and yes you can use regular butter. Enjoy and hope you are enjoying gluten-free living!!!


Kate August 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you!! I see the nutrition info now! I think gluten free will be way better with all your recipes!!
Thanks again!


Barbara August 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Would peanut butter work in place of almond butter? Just don’t have it at the moment, but so want to try this!


Amie August 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Yes Barbara you can!!


BEVERLY MILLEY August 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm




Monique C. M. August 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

I’ve never made vegan cookies before, but the ingredient list looks fantastic!!!


donna August 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

These cookies look great! Can I use rainbow quinoa “alter eco” ?
Love that they are protein power packed too! I will make them today!


Amie August 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yes! Rainbow Quinoa is great!!


Michele R. August 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

All I need is almond butter and I’m set to make these, can’t wait!!


Beth August 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’m going to try these this week! Looks yummy!


Nicole Trevisan August 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

yummy! thanks for the giveaway/contest opp! =)


Jessica Dennis August 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

I just pinned this recipe to try later! I love that there is only 2.2g of sugar per serving! thanks for this !


Angela Mortemore August 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

These cookies look amazing, will be adding to my “treat” list to make this weekend for sure!! :)


Jessica August 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

Going to make these for all my fellow health nuts at work!


Lynn August 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

These look yummy, but I have to stay away from quinoa. It just doesn’t agree with my stomach. :(

Also, I saw your post on Facebook about the cleaning products giveaway. I’d love to win! Thank you! :)


Holly August 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

These look awesome! I allergic to chocolate, so I would have to substitute with carob powder. :-) Also, thanks for the cleaning products giveaway! Would LOVE to win!


Ruth August 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

They look awesome!


Karen D August 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

These look awesome…Branch Basics would help make cleanup easy! :)


Irina August 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

These cookies look AMAZING! I’ll have to try them for sure!

I would love to win the cleaning giveaway also! :)


Laura Gay August 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Cookies look so delish. The cleaning items are such a good idea. fingers crossed


Alice August 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm

What would you suggest instead of cocoa powder – we are allergic. These look yummy!!


Amie August 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Try cinnamon Alice. Enjoy! oxx


Denise August 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

did you put chocolate chips in yours? they are not listed in the ingredi ents but look like they are there in your pics. I made them and liked them but think I may try to add some cacoa nibs or chocolate chips next time – thanks for the great high protein, all natural recipe


Amie August 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Denise, I used cacao nibs in a few of the cookies but not all and decided to leave them out of the recipe but you can surely add them in next time! xox


yummychunklet August 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Great vegan cookie recipe!


Maria August 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I love these cookies!


Amie August 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Awe; you just made my day! Thanks Maria; hope all is well with you. Enjoy your weekend. xoox


:D August 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Can you defined crushed almonds?


Amie August 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

You crush whole almonds in the food processor; or you can purchase them crushed!


Patti September 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

This cookie looks delicious – I love baking with Honeyville Almond Flour. My daughter has an extremely limited diet so can not have quinoa. Could I use another gf flour such as brown rice, tapioca, potato flour or flax seeds? I know the nutrition would be different but she has eosinophilic esophagitis, an autoimmune disease, so can only have 20 foods.


Amie September 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Patti; I didn’t use another flour so I’m not sure. I am the same way about the foods I can eat only a few with my autoimmune reactions but you can try another flour! oxx


Carol September 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

Maybe I am missing something, but several people asked about substitutions for the almond flour. I don’t see almond flour in the recipe ingredient list. Is almond flour an alternate name for crushed almonds?


Amie September 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

The recipe was updated and I took out the flour because they were too dry! Hope you enjoy this new recipe. oxx


Evan September 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

These. Look. Awesome. Oh my goodness gracious. I will absolutely be making these this weekend (alongside some lovely coconut macroons!).

Quick question though, as I’ve never seen this ingredient called for before: what exactly are quinoa flakes? Just uncooked quinoa?

Thanks for the help & recipe!


Amie September 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Evan! Here are Quinoa Flakes you can purchase online. Click on that link. Enjoy!!!


cher September 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

New recipe is outstanding! Next time I may add some coconut flakes. Thank you for the revision.


Rebecca January 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

These look amazing! I really want to try and make them however I’m not a fan of bananas. Do they have a strong banana taste? Also, is it possible to make them without bananas? Could I just not put them in or do you know of a substitute I could use?


Amie January 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Rebecca; they don’t have a strong banana taste. You can try but I’d use some type of other binder!


Beth March 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I don’t know much about coconut sugar but I really have to stay away from sugar! Could I use date sugar instead? Looks yummy & I can’t wait to try it!!


Amie March 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Yes of course Beth!!


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