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.





Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies
Serves: 12
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan and Vegetarian
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 1 tsp. almond butter
  • 3 large ripe bananas peeled and mashed
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup crushed almonds
  • 1/4 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.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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!!

    1. 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!!!

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

  3. 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. 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. 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. 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

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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. 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. 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!

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  11. 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?

  12. 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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