Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies


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
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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan and Vegetarian
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 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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55 replies
  1. Joolie
    Joolie says:

    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
      Amie says:

      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!

  2. Kate
    Kate says:

    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
      Amie says:

      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
        Kate says:

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

  3. donna
    donna says:

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

  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    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! 🙂

  5. Holly
    Holly says:

    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!

  6. Denise
    Denise says:

    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
      Amie says:

      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

  7. Patti
    Patti says:

    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
      Amie says:

      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

  8. Carol
    Carol says:

    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?

  9. Evan
    Evan says:

    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!

  10. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    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?

  11. Beth
    Beth says:

    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!!


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