Quinoa Tahini Cookies

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Headache Helper

These cookies resemble oatmeal cookies, but they are crispier and have a unique taste. They don't contain any wheat, gluten, common headache triggers, milk or eggs. They're a nice treat for someone on a restrictive diet like mine, but I think they'll appeal to others too. (It didn't take long for my husband to ask for a second one, and he can eat anything.) I've only made this recipe at high altitude (5200 feet), so you'll have to test my low altitude suggestions.

Top Review by happycook23

My husband and our girls made 2 versions of this cookie for our Father's Day barbecue yesterday-this recipe (not high altitude version), and Recipe #264423 from this site which is the same recipe with the addition of cocoa and chocolate chips. Because our girls are GF/CF and we try to avoid hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated fats, we used an all-natural PB and substituted coconut oil for the margarine. We made this version first and though it tasted very good, it was crumbly and difficult to work with when making the cookies, and when the cookies baked, they did not spread at all, rather they remained dense little cookie balls. Not exactly bad, just not the ideal texture IMO. Accordingly, for the second batch, we added 2 eggs and it made a HUGE difference in the ease of making the cookies and in the appearance and texture of the finished cookie (moist, chewy, etc.) Both versions of the cookie were a big hit with everyone at the barbecue, and a few asked for the recipe despite not being on restrictive diets themselves. The chocolaty version was like a chewy choc. chip cookie with a hint of nuttiness. The non-choc version had a great rich peanut buttery flavor. Everyone preferred the texture with the eggs added and unless you cannot have eggs, I would strongly recommend adding 2 eggs to the recipe. Also, I reiterate that you need to use quinoa FLAKES for this cookie rather than whole-grain quinoa. A great recipe that I know we will enjoy over and over again experimenting with different nut/seed butters and additions like choc. chips, nuts, and dried fruits. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 118.29 ml honey
  • 78.07 ml brown sugar
  • 118.29 ml butter or 118.29 ml margarine
  • 118.29 ml tahini (or peanut butter, if your diet allows)
  • 295.73 ml rice flour (reduce to 1 cup if not high altitude)
  • 208.19 ml quinoa (like delicate oatmeal, reduce to 3/4 C if not high altitude)
  • 4.92 ml baking soda
  • 1.23 ml salt
  • 2.46 ml vanilla (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first four ingredients; mix until creamy.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Spoon rounded teaspoonfuls of batter onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 - 14 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown.

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