Quinoa Almond Coconut Cookies For World Diabetes Day #GlutenFree

Quinoa Almond Coconut Cookies For World Diabetes Day  #GlutenFree



Quinoa cookies sweetened with applesauce topped with almond and coconut flakes make a decadent treat ! These all natural quinoa cookies are moist, chunky and melt in mouth delish ! Would you believe they are diabetic friendly ? Of yes they are ! They are Low GI ( Glycemic Index ) quinoa cookies courtesy of protein rich quinoa and the almonds. I am participating in World Diabetes day hosted by Carolyn from “ All Day I Dream About Food“. Diabetes is very close to my heart.  I had  gestational diabetes  with both my babies and having been told by the doctor’s that I will develop diabetes some day.  Mildly borderline diabetic is what my Dr called it. Blame it on my strong family history 🙂 !  Fortunately, being a dietitian I know how to juggle my diet around so my sugars stay steady. I also  know how it feels to want a cookie and some treats sometimes.  One of the reasons I created a category of ‘ reasonably healthy desserts ” on my blog ! This cookie is a safe treat for diabetics. It is low GI and protein packed and can be substituted for 1 diabetic exchange. If you want a slightly sweeter cookie add some agave nectar or stevia . These are the only safe diabetic sweeteners in my opinion. Agave nectar has calories but it is a Low GI sweetener so deemed safe.  I also used a little cinnamon in these quinoa cookies. Cinnamon is a spice that is said to help control blood glucose levels, so what better place to use it than in a diabetic cookie ?  It tastes really good ! My kids loved it ! You have to make it, taste and see for yourself !




A note about quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient grain that is becoming hugely popular especially with vegans and those who eat gluten-free. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain and is almost always organic. It is also high in  fiber. When cooking quinoa  use a proportion of 1 :2 quinoa to water. It swells to four times its size when cooked , so 1/4 cup raw quinoa will give you one cup cooked quinoa.




Nutrition Wise ! 

Apart from all the goodness in quinoa , this cookie  is nutrient dense bursting with healthy fiber courtesy of the oats and the healthy fat from  coconut. The combination of complex carbohydrate, protein and healthy fat make this a low GI (  glycemic Index) snack.  Great for diabetics and anyone really !



Gluten Free Quinoa Cookies with Almond and Coconut

Serves 10
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/3 cup raw quinoa cooked for 10 mts in 1 cup water)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond flour
  • 3/4 cups Shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup Apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup almond pieces


Gluten free, vegan and high protein this cookie is diabetic friendly.  If you want the quinoa cookie sweeter add some agave nectar.


Cook 1/3 cup dry quinoa grains in 1 cup water for 10-15 minutes till cooked
Mix quinoa with oats, applesauce, almond powder, 1/ 2 cup coconut. Add some coconut milk if too thick.
Drop on cookie sheets and decorate with shredded coconut and almonds. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes till baked.


Please stop by Caroline’s blog. She has a nice sweet giveaway !! A beautiful  blue KitchenAid Stand Mixer, courtesy of Swerve Sweetener and a lot of great tips for diabetics !! Help celebrate World Diabetes Day and pass the Dream along !! 



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