Eating Healthy & Baking with Quinoa

Vegan Lemony Coconut Cookies via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)


This post is not for those on juice cleanses. It’s not for those who have decided to stop eating dessert. This post is for those who want to learn how to make healthy baked goods using quinoa.

For me, and for many of you as well, January is a time to focus on eating healthy, whole foods that detox your system and get you reenergized for the year ahead. This means eating more greens, focusing on whole grains, reducing your alcohol and caffeine consumption, and even cutting sugar out of your diet completely.

But what about desserts and baked goods? Does that mean we have to cut those out too?

Baking with Quinoa via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

In my personal opinion, no. I love dessert and I love baking. It’s one of my favorite pastimes and I just can’t imagine letting that go. Especially gluten-free baking because I find it to be a challenge, but a fun one at that. What I’ve enjoyed most about exploring using gluten-free ingredients in my baking is learning how to make these baked goods healthy.

Which is precisely why I created my ebook, Baking with Quinoa. And why I want to share it with you again. The book features 25 recipes, all of which are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Many of the recipes are also vegan. But most importantly, these recipes are healthy – full of whole grains (like quinoa, millet & brown rice) and nutritious fats (like coconut and olive oil), and yes, every single one is free from refined sugar!

It’s a must have if you want to continue to eat delicious baked goods while still maintaining your new year’s resolutions to eat healthy.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy of Baking with Quinoa today!

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And just because I love you so much, and I want you to stick to your healthy eating habits too, I’m including an exclusive recipe from the book to show you just how healthy these recipes really are!

Lemony Coconut Quinoa Cookies
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recipe type: Dessert
serves: 12 small cookies

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon stevia powder
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tablespoons chia seeds, combined with 6 tablespoons warm water)
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Juice of ½ a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine chia seeds with warm water and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sift dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Beat together wet ingredients – chia eggs, honey, oil, vanilla and lemon juice – until fully combined. Stir in lemon zest.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix to form a moist cookie dough.
  6. Spoon batter into golf ball-sized cookies, pressing down lightly with your hands, and place on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until cookies have started to brown but are still tender to the touch.
  8. Cool on a wire rack for 10 – 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with a glass of milk or steaming cup of hot tea.

gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free


Baking with Quinoa by Alyssa Rimmer | Queen of QuinoaNOW AVAILABLE! Baking with Quinoa

Featuring 25 mouthwatering recipes – all free from gluten, dairy & refined sugar – Baking with Quinoa will show you just how easy it is to make healthy & nutritious baked goods.

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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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7 Responses to Eating Healthy & Baking with Quinoa

  1. delia says:

    It says vegan….but it has honey…is there a good sub

  2. Melissa says:

    What is Guar gum? If I can’t find it what can be used instead? Thank you, love your page! :-)

  3. Jan says:

    What are Quinoa Flakes?

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