Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

You guys! I’m SO excited because I honestly think I’ve found my new favorite cookie recipe…

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

I created these quinoa gingersnap cookies as part of the Ancient Harvest Modern Meal Cook-Off recipe contest. Four other bloggers are sharing their delicious recipes as well and the winner receives a $500 Whole Foods gift card. A $500 gift card to Whole Foods is basically like a shopping spree, and this my friends is what food bloggers dream of. Sooo I knew I needed to bring my a-game and come up with an amazing recipe. These cookies fit the bill!

A little more about Ancient Harvest in case you haven’t heard of them. They’re one of my favorite brands and at any given time you’ll find at least one of their products in my pantry. I buy their quinoa regularly and love the fact that it’s pre-rinsed! <—Does anyone else despise rinsing their quinoa or is it just me? In addition they offer quinoa flakes, quinoa flour, supergrain gluten-free pastas, polenta and more. I’ve used the quinoa flakes and quinoa flour many times, but just tried the quinoa pasta for the first time last week and loved it.

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

For this recipe I used quinoa flour instead of white or whole wheat flour so the cookies are gluten-free and have an extra boost of nutrition! They’ve also got that crunchy outside, chewy inside consistency thing going on that gingersnap cookies are known for. I think I’m in love.

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

One big difference between these gingersnap cookies and others is the crystallized ginger pieces—I definitely think they make the cookies. Well, the ginger pieces and the molasses. I accidentally left out the molasses in one batch and they turned out light brown and weren’t nearly as tasty. So word to the wise, don’t forget the crystallized ginger or the molasses — they’re essential!

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

I ended up making several batches to ensure the recipe was perfect so they’ve been taste-tested by a bunch of people — family members, friends at a Halloween party, Isaac’s co-workers, etc. I’m happy to say that it’s not just me, everyone loves them! One of the parents at Isaac’s school even asked if I could make her some to buy for the holidays. No one has ever asked to PAY for my bake goods before so that goes to show you how good these cookies are. :)

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

And can we please talk about the sugar coated outsides? It looks like they’re sprinkled with glittery snow. So festive!

If you’re in need of a holiday cookie recipe that’s healthier than most cookie recipes and allergy friendly, I highly recommend making these. I already know you’re going to LOVE them! And if you’re up for it, I’d be honored to have you vote for my cookies as part of the Modern Meal Cook-Off. <3 You can vote once a day until Friday, November 28.

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