Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gluten Free/Dairy Free No-Bake Cookies w/ Quinoa

No-Bake cookies are the cookie of my childhood. I've always loved them and always will. They are a great option when you want something quick and don't want to turn the oven on. I used to help my mom make these cookies all the time but the last few trials have been duds for me. The taste was there but the chocolate would puddle at the bottom of the GF oatmeal mounds and they weren't the prettiest things. That didnt' stop us from eating them but it did get me on a mission to figure out this problem. I'm not sure if it's an elevation issue or if I wasn't boiling the chocolate mixture long enough but whatever the case these were perfection and I added some extra health to it with the quinoa.

No-Bake Cookies
Adapted from a recipe I submitted as a child to our Church's Cook Book

2 C granulated sugar
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 C milk - I used rice
1/2 C margarine - Dairy free if needed
1 t vanilla
1 pinch salt
1/2 C peanut butter - crunchy or not, it's your preference
3 C gluten free oats
1 C quinoa flakes

In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, cocoa, milk, and margarine. Bring to a rolling boil stirring constantly. Boil at rolling for 2 minutes then remove from heat and add the vanilla, salt, and peanut butter. Stir thoroughly after each addition. Stir in the oatmeal and quinoa flakes then drop onto greased cookie sheets. Allow to cool and enjoy.


  1. These are delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. It's one of my boys favorite afterschool snacks... and my girlfriends ask that I make them from time to time too! ~Nicole

  2. I can't make them too often because I won't stop eating them! I try to tell myself they're "healthy" because of the oatmeal and quinoa, ha!

  3. Is there anyway I can omit the quinoa flakes for oats?

  4. You can definately remove the quinoa flakes and use only oats. They are just as delicious.

  5. Do you use GF quick cooking oats or GF old fashioned oats? Thanks you.

  6. I have always used the GF old fashioned oats since that's all I've been able to find but now that Bob's Red Mill has the quick cooking oats out on shelves I would opt for those with this recipe. It will still work fine with the old fashioned oats they just require a bit more chewing on the oats.