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Quinoa “Oatmeal” Raisin Cookies (raw, vegan, GF)

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Quinoa “Oatmeal” Raisin Cookies taste just like an oatmeal cookie!!  They are very moist and chewy.  Best of all, they are gluten-free, dairy free, free of artificial sweeteners and they are raw!!  Which means that you are going to get every bit of nutrients that you can out of those mighty fine ingredients.  Oatmeal cookies are one of my childhood favorites so this was such a delight to make.  Back as a little girl, I couldn’t keep my finger out of the mixing bowl,  some things have never changed.


  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed well and soaked over night
  • 2 cups raw pecans, soaked overnight
  • 1 cups raw agave nectar
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. In the food processor, process the pecans down to a fine meal.
  2. Add the salt and cinnamon.
  3. Next, add your damp quinoa into the processor and continue to process for about thirty seconds.
  4. Now pour in the agave and continue to process for about a minute, allowing some of the grain to break down and blend into the dough.
  5. Place the dough into a large bowl and hand mix in the raisins.
  6. Place small dollops of the dough onto your Dehydrator sheets — I used the Teflex sheets that came with my dehydrator, not the fine mesh (yet).  I always use a small scooper (shown in picture below) Dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 4 hours. The outside of the cookies should no longer be tacky.
  7. At this point, you can remove them from the sheets and place them onto the mesh so they can ‘bake’ faster. Continue in the dehydrator for about 5 more hours. Watch them carefully as every house and dehydrator is different.

: It is very important to rinse your quinoa well before soaking, otherwise a starchy flavor will be left behind.

(I built this recipe in the Sparkspeople Recipe Calculator and came up with the following information)

1 cookie equals:
Calories = 136.5
Fat = 3.4 g
Carb = 26.2
Fiber = 2.3 g
Sugars = 8.9
Protein = 2.3 g
This batter yielded 30 (1oz) cookies for us.
Recipe Credit: http://www.therawdessert.com/?p=7

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11 thoughts on “Quinoa “Oatmeal” Raisin Cookies (raw, vegan, GF)

  1. Maya says:

    I have them in the dehydrator now, can’t wait! I scooped them out on the sheet and had to flatten them with my hand, not sure if that’s how you’re supposed to do it..? looks amazing and smells great!

    • amie-sue says:

      Sounds like you did them just fine! You are the chef. :) I hope they taste wonderful for you. Please let me know! Blessings and thank you for sharing. :)

      • Maya says:

        Hi again, what kind of texture or how are the cookies suppose to feel like when the drying ends? Mine still seem soft and chewy (& yummy!) are they supposed to be more on the hard/crunchy side? (i apologize for all the newbie questions :) thank you for everything!

        • amie-sue says:

          Morning Maya,

          In general most raw cookies don’t ever get hard/crunchy. We don’t use enough heat and tend to use binders such as flax, dried fruit, oils, etc. that don’t get hard usually in dehydrators. Depending on the item you are making, but sometimes recipes will firm up even more so after they cool down from the dehydrator. Mouth feel is a new adventure in raw… we have to lose our expectations of what we learned through cooked foods; different mouth feels, new textures and so forth. I hope this helps Maya. Never be afraid to ask questions, we all learn new things through these processes!

          • Maya says:

            True, i make raw things expecting them to be like the “real” thing, when i actually shouldn’t.. i need to get used to the new textures.. that answered my question. Thank you so much for actually taking the time and answering back (this wont be the last question i’m sure!!)… on to making the onion bread!! very excited about this one :)

  2. Dee says:

    Awesome! I have been craving oatmeal raisin cookies but oats seem to make me gain weight temporarily..I have lots of boxes of quinona I didn’t know what yo do with, so I will make these tonite! Thanks!

  3. Igloo says:

    I have these in my dehydrator right now. I forgot to rinse the quinoa before soaking them, is that ok or should I start all over again? Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Igloo. I have had this happen to me and I ended up throwing the recipe away. You can taste the difference. You can wait and see how they taste since you got this far but chances are you will taste that heavy starch. Even if you buy pre rinsed quinoa…always rinse it.

  4. Sako says:

    I do not have dehydater in my home. Can I Use nomal oven ?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Sako, you can give it a try. It won’t remain “raw” and not sure if that is a priority for you or not. I haven’t tested baking my raw foods but might start so I can better help those who want or have to use an oven. Have a great day, amie sue

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