Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

[Total: 29    Average: 3.4/5]


These banana coconut quinoa cookies are sweet, chewy, moist, and crumbly, all in one. They’re made from wholesome, nutritious ingredients and are filling, yet light and fluffy. Prepare a large batch and store in the freezer for a quick grab n’ go snack or a healthy breakfast alternative for the family.


I’ll admit that sometimes the ‘art’ of developing recipes isn’t all is cracked up to be. Case in point; these banana coconut quinoa cookies. It took quite a bit of tweaking to get this recipe just right, but the effort was worth it. These have quickly become my go-to healthy cookie to prepare for the family, as well as a family favourite!


My son was so excited to try these cookies and I was so excited for him to try them! They’re the perfect size for little hands to hold onto and the perfect chewy texture for toddlers.

Mid-afternoon snack…cookies and milk!


After patiently waiting…and waiting…and waiting…


First time drinking milk out of a straw…


(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 tbs. extra-virgin coconut oil at room temperature
*2 tbsp. maple syrup (or regular sugar)
*1/2 cup carob or chocolate chips (or substitute with dried fruit)
1 tbs. ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. sea salt (optional)
*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 somewhat wet but should come together easily and stick to form a uniform shape.


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop about 2 tbs. of batter per cookie onto the baking tray, leaving at least 2 inches in between them. Flatten each cookie with the back of the spoon until roughly 1/2 inch thick.


Cook for 12 minutes or until the underside of the cookies is golden brown. Remove immediately from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet.


Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies written by Lisa Codina average rating 3.4/5 - 29 user ratings
  • 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!


    I just made a batch of chocolate chip cookies to bring to the office last night. Now I came across your recipe, and thinking I should try and make another healthier batch of cookies… (and very possibly this time I will keep them at home :D) These look delicious, Lisa!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks! These are a definitely a healthier option…and also a very unique blend of flavours. My kids are so used to the “healthy” stuff but they devour these as if they were “real” chocolate chip cookies!


        I am healthy dessert fanatic too (just like your kids). I can’t stop loving sweets, but always try to find healthier versions. Right now it’s only two of us and my husband doesn’t like desserts. Maybe I should come over to join your kids for some sweet bites. Lol

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          More desserts or you!! ;-)

  • melony s.

    these cookies were awesome!.. easy to make and delicious!.. i added some berries to one batch and peanut butter to another batch and they both turned out great!.. thank you so much for sharing!

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Awesome!! I’m so glad you liked them and for the feedback as well! I love how you modified the recipe…berries and peanut butter (not together, lol!) sound delicious!! Hope you try some of my other recipes ;-)