Cashew, Apple and Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Cashew Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
Cashew, Apple & Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

These nutritious, delicious, energy-packed morsels are an adaptation of this Carrot Cake Cookie recipe on  I had all the ingredients to make them this morning – except the eponymous carrots.  No matter: thanks to my housemate’s granddad, we have a giant bowl of garden grown apples to use up, which I supposed would make a suitably sweet alternative.

Garden Grown Apples

Ingredients & Measurements

Ingredients & Measurements

  • 3/4 cup grated apple (cored but unpeeled)
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp No Egg (powder)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/ 160°Fan.
  2. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Dollop heaped table-spoon scoops of the mix onto a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes (until lightly browned around the edges).
  5. Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

The Next Batch

These are delicious – no doubt about it.  The texture is somewhere between a biscuit (cookie) and muffin, and they will be just right for a speedy breakfast with coffee before work.

For the next batch  (which will be soon at the rate at which these are being eaten) I will try reducing the quantity of maple syrup – or perhaps leave it out altogether, as I think they are slightly too sweet for breakfast.  If the mix seems dry I’ll pour in a little milk (dairy or alternative).  I will probably also add whole-nut crunchy peanut butter (and omit the salt) instead of the cashew butter as I think it will add more texture and flavour. And I’ll hopefully get round to making the original Carrot Cake version too, of course 🙂

Update: Batch #2 was made using peanut butter and no maple syrup – still yummy and a quick sustaining breakfast to go with my coffee.

Peanut Butter & Apple Quinoa Cookies
Peanut Butter & Apple Quinoa Cookies

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