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 !! 



About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. Just making my way through all the sites that are participating in Carolyn’s World Diabetes Day awareness campaign & wanted to say hello & thx (I’m a type 2, btw) 🙂

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Me too… at least I will be when I fully develop it ! Guess we can blame a lot on genes. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 All the best with your diabetes control. Sure with your’e knowledge, your’e good at it 🙂 !

  2. it’s a good cookie for diabetes patients. it’s also a good combination for almond and coconut for quinoa cookies. Luv it 🙂

  3. These look so, so good. Any idea on the carb count per cookie?

  4. These cookies look great! I love quinoa.

  5. Catherine H. says:

    Thanks for participating in this awareness-raising event. My sister has Type I and I myself have to be pretty careful, especially when I’m pregnant, so I’ve been eating low-carb for nearly five years. New recipes are always a good thing!

  6. This dessert looks delicious, budget-friendly and easy to make. And of course, very healthy. What else can I ask for. My kids will surely love this one.

  7. This is a great one!!!! Healthy and delicious at the same time… Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will surely give it a whirl.

  8. These cookies are just so tempting and the best part is they have nutritional value too. Thanks for sharing such healthy recipe..will come back for more.

  9. great coconut cookies. love coconut in everything will try this soon for my husband.

  10. I guess these are great Cookies.

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  12. I really don’t know anyone who do not like almonds and what if they are getting almond cookies without gluten. Just WOW. I am definitely going to try this at my home and will come back to let all of you know about the taste. I am so excited. I cannot wait to pen down the cookie recipe.

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