Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

I’m not too proud to admit that my first TWO attempts at this recipe weren’t very successful…I guess that comes with the “invent-your-own recipes territory”, right?

It’s a good thing I’m passionate enough about cooking to admit my mistakes and to try again (and again…and again!).  Well, in this case, third time’s a charm!

Boy am I happy I made one more attempt at tweaking this recipe because the end result is pure deliciousness!  These are sweet, chewy, moist, and crumbly all at the same time…and not to mention MUCH healthier than regular cookies.  (Having said that, if buttery, super-sweet, super-rich cookies are your thing I’ll admit defeat in not being able to convince you to try these!).  On that note, I’ll just say that these ARE worth a try!


(Yields about 30 cookies)
3 large ripe bananas
1 cup pre-cooked quinoa
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup gluten-free (or regular) instant oats
2 tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil, unmelted
*2 tbsp. maple syrup (or regular sugar)
*1/2 cup carob or chocolate chips (or substitute with dried fruit)
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
*Omit ingredient or use substitutions appropriate for children under one year old

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in a large bowl then add coconut oil and maple syrup.  Mix with a large whisk until well combined.


Add all the remaining dry ingredients and mix again until combined.


The batter will be very sticky but should come together easily enough to form small patties.


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter onto the baking tray, leaving at least 2 inches in between each cookie.  Flatten each cookie slightly with the back of the spoon.


Cook for 12 minutes or until the underside of the cookies is golden brown.


Chewy…moist…the perfect texture for little children to nibble on!


Mid-afternoon snack…cookies and milk!


After patiently waiting…and waiting…and waiting…


First time drinking milk out of a straw…


Worth the wait!  

What are your children’s favourite homemade snack?


  • Raji

    Hi Lisa,
    How many cookies did you serve your boy? It looks too many on the plate. I am just curious to know because my little fellow is a picky eater.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Hi Raji, it does look like a huge snack! Actually, I piled all those cookies on the plate solely for the picture! As for how many he normally eats, I usually give him two…but he likes to eat! Of course, it also depends on what size you make the cookies.

    • Amy

      You can also take half of the recipe and freeze it. That is what I do so my kids don’t get sick of a treat. ;)

      • Lisa Codina

        You’re absolutely right Amy! I actually always double a recipe or make extra just so I can freeze some of it. I love to cook but even I lack inspiration (and time) sometimes so I just grab a treat from the freezer to make my life easier. ;-)

  • Supermom2012

    This recipe is AMAZING!! Thank you so much for sharing this….my baby boy loved the recipe without the chocolate chips and the rest of the family loved the cookies with the chips for a healthy and delicious treat! I love your blog and tell everyone to check it out!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thank you SO much for sharing your feedback…and for the free advertising ;-) How old is your son? That’s great that the entire family loved this recipe…That’s my motto when it comes to preparing meals/snacks. By the way, you should double the recipe and store a batch in the freezer-they freeze really well!

      • Supermom2012

        My son is 9 months old and loves eating anything and everything on his own right now…which is why I love these cookies, (amongst many of your other recipes) because they’re so soft and moist and easily dissolve in his mouth. I made a batch and brought them over to my mom’s – she had me make her a double batch because she couldn’t get enough!! Thanks for the tid bit to freeze them…I was wondering whether they’d freeze well! Keep the yummy recipes coming!!! :) :)

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          I LOVE it when adults eat “baby” food! lol! That’s the whole point of my recipes ;-)
          Btw, I don’t know if you follow me on Facebook, but I gave you a shout-out because you made my day with your comment! ;-)

  • Jordan | Berlin by the Bay

    These look yum-and healthy! We just attempted to make “healthy” cookies this past weekend (as my husband was insisting we bake treats) and they didn’t turn out so good-we will give these a go next time!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Unfortunately, “healthy” cookies don’t always satisfy our sweet tooth! I’d like to think these are the perfect balance between healthy and delicious ;-)

  • Kath


    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks for visiting Kath! Btw, they ARE! ;-) I’d love some feedback if you end up making them!

  • camille

    Really good cookies!! I used roasted unsweetened coconut, carrots instead of raisins, didn’t add any sugar and added a little nutmeg.
    Thanks for this receipe

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I love how you totally tweaked the recipe…I like your style, lol! Glad to hear you enjoyed them!

      • Camille

        It’s a mix of your yummi carrot cake oatmeal and theses cookies! :)

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          Your version sounds better than the original recipe ;-)

  • Sweaty Jain

    Can i use rolled oats instead? Or the Quaker microwavable oatmeal oats that are flavored?

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I think you could substitute with oats but I’ve never tried it so I can’t vouch for the results. You might have to alter the quantity of some of the other ingredients in the recipe (i.e., the wet ingredients) as the oats might absorb more than the quinoa?!! I would love to know if you try the recipe and how it turns out!

  • Bonnie

    These are great! Have made them a few times! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Awesome! I love that you’ve made them a “few” times! I make them at least once a month…the kids (and I) love them!