Banana and Quinoa Cookies

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Fellow Cookie Monsters - This one's for you!

Do you ever remember as a child coming home after school to the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house? That feeling when you're floating on clouds and happy at the thought of eating cookies? A feeling that lasted the whole afternoon. Or perhaps it's the childhood memory of a burnt finger with the excitement of releasing your inner-cookie monster and gobbling down a few delicious bites? Or fighting with a sibling over who was going to get the last one?

I'm sure you'll all agree that here's nothing quite as wistfully wonderful and terrifically tasty as cookies that have just been airlifted out of the oven. 

That's why I wanted to create a new kind of cookie- a healthier version 2017 style! Not only are they the perfect cookie to have with your afternoon tea, they’re a great balance of equally chewy yet crunchy; a combination any cookie connoisseur will understand.  These will leave everyone in the household smiling because of that delightfully homey and oh so nostalgic: we-just-baked-delicious-cookies smell. If that doesn't make for a nostalgically good cookie, I don't know what will! 

Different from your regular sugar-laden, gluten-filled, artificially coloured cookies, mine are all the frees and tummy friendly. The main two ingredients are banana and quinoa and they make for a tasty, yet unlikely duo.

I have combined the magical power of protein-packed quinoa with comforting coconut flour to make these cookies gluten-free and because I'm all about gut health, I've added a sprinkle of my magical Love Your Gut Powder! Just a little bit of LYG powder can really go a long way. Sneaking it into treats, like these cookies, is a great way to give your gut a nice boost without ever having to think about it! I’ve done the all the hard work for you, I'm nice like that 😉

My banana and quinoa cookies are packed with gut healing goodness, easy to make, full of delicious flavour and a delicious healthy treat.

Now let’s just see who can’t get their hands out of the cookie jar! 

Banana and Quinoa Cookies

Makes 20


  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews (soaked for 2 hours in a bowl of water to soften)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 banana

  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 tsp LYG powder


Preheat oven to 220°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Using your hands roll the mixture into balls and place them on the baking tray ensuring that they are not too close to each other.

Using your hands or a spatula flatten them down then place them in the over for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  These can be kept in the fridge for 4 days in a sealed container.

Lee xo

15 Responses to “Banana and Quinoa Cookies”

  1. Selina Luppino says:

    Can I sub the cashews for pumpkin seeds? Cashews are high in fodmaps.

  2. Rachael says:

    What would you suggest using if I wanted to replace the nut component as my kids have nut allergies.

  3. Sarah says:

    Could I use sunflower meal in place of the nuts to make them nut free for school?

  4. Ari says:

    Can I use another gf flour? I have a few just not coconut.

  5. Josie says:

    What if I don’t have HYG powder? Can this be omitted? What can I use instead? (PS. Always love your recipes – have shared the Christmas Cake recipe with many friends and family, especially by those who are gf). Thanks x

  6. Fi says:

    Hello – can an 18 month old have HYG powder? My bub would LOVE these……..

  7. Heather says:

    Where do I get the HYG powder from as I have never heard of it

  8. Andrea says:

    Have quinoa flour can I substitute that? ( instead of coconut flour?
    Have all other ingredients will make it!
    I love your recipes – xmas cake was very yummy !

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