Chewy protein-packed chocolate chip cookies

Quinoa flakes a great alternative to rolled oats!

I have a secret weapon when it comes to a lot of my baking: quinoa flakes. They enhance the texture, flavour and nutritional value of baked goods, adding a nice protein punch at the same time. This is a really easy, not-too-sweet recipe that bakes up beautifully and freezes nicely too. I like to shape the cookies into balls using a small cookie dough scoop. Afterwards, I freeze most of them on a parchment-lined baking sheet then transfer to an airtight container. This way, I can pull a dozen cookie dough balls out of the freezer and bake them up fresh whenever we want the joy of warm-from-the-oven cookies and a great-smelling house.

Chocolate chip cookies with quinoa flakes


  • 2 1/4 cups (560 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips (I like dark chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa flakes


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  • Beat butter with sugars in large bowl (use a stand or electric mixer if you have one). Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended. Gradually add in flour mixture; beat just until blended.
  • Add the quinoa flakes and chocolate chips and beat until evenly distributed.
  • Use a cookie scoop or two spoons to drop by tablespoonfuls on parchment paper lined baking sheets, 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
  • Bake 7 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool 2 minutes on wire rack; remove cookies from sheets and cool completely.

Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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