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Mesquite Cookies


Mesquite? Yes friends. Get to know. Get to love it!

Mesquite is:

  • Highly effective for blood sugar balance, making it an awesome ingredient to use in sweeter treats and smoothies. Its form of fructose does not require insulin for metabolism.
  • Because mesquite powder is ground from the entire pod, including the seed, it is high in protein (11–17%).
  • Its got this caramel-y molasses flavour that is awesome in cookies.


Miss Mia agreed. While her parents were out for their morning exercise, Mia’s grandma and grandpa fed her mesquite cookies for breakfast.


Now if that doesn’t sell you on this winner… well, it will. So no sense contemplating otherwise.

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Gluten-Free Mesquite Cookies

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Total Time: 20 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mesquite powder
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Take about 2 Tbs of dough and roll in a ball and then flatten.
  4. Lay out on parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake about 10 minutes, until aromatic and slightly browned at the edges.
  6. Allow to cool to get the crunch in.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert

Now, I would LOVE to spread this cookie loving. Send me your variations with a pic or two!

What is your secret weapon cookie ingredient?

20 responses to “Mesquite Cookies”

  1. Jamie says:

    Your niece is soooo cute! I love her shirt!
    My secret cookie ingredient is dark chocolate chips

  2. Jamie says:

    Has to be 70% cacao…….Or even better cacao nibs!

  3. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    YUM! Sounds good.
    You could also add cinnamon for extra flavour and blood-sugar controlling properties.

  4. Jo says:

    Can I find mesquite powder at the health food store? Is it easy to find?

  5. Patsy Telpner says:

    Thanks, now her mom knows our secret. Those cookies were so good Meghan forgot to mention she had to hide a jar of them to stop us from eating them all at one go.
    Didn’t know about the secret ingredient. These will be my new cookie recipe.
    love mom

  6. Carly Telpner says:

    Hey!!!! Cookies for breakfast! Is this all part of your “I-want-to-be-Mia’s-favourite-aunt” strategy? You’re well on your way at this point. The hidden jar was a good idea. I couldn’t stop eating them too.

  7. Laura Bloom says:

    Okay – seriously yum! I live in Arizona and have always joked that I should go out and raid the mesquite trees for all the pods and make my own powder … I have yet to do it but Mesquite ROCKS! The beauty of the tree, the wood, and the flavor it creates when you cook with it. Those cookies look amazing. Yum.

  8. Rachel says:

    I like the sound of both cookie recipes! Mesquite powder, huh, sounds like my kind of seasoning! I bet I can get it at my local co-op too.

  9. Liz says:

    Looks delicious! But I’m a bit confused… isn’t fructose bad for you? That’s the word around town these days………. ? :)

  10. Marilene says:

    I love this game…and I really want to try the mesquite powder.
    In my cookies, I would add some cinnamon, nutmeg, and cacao nibs and a touch of vanilla. I agree no raisins for me :)

  11. Jen says:

    I am in love with Mesquite powder now, thanks to this post! I added goji berries and a little cinnamon :)

  12. (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Looking for a treat this weekend? Try my gluten-free cookies. They’re kid approved! #glutenfreecleanse

  13. Moreen Murray says:

    Made these cookies this afternoon – delicious! I didn’t have quite enough almond flour on hand so added in some gluten free flour instead….still great!
    I was seriously thinking of taking the CNE program but wavered too long…hoping to go in that direction in future. You rock, Meghan!

  14. MARTIE says:

    wish the nutritional numbers were added to this recipe. Calories? fat? sugar? protein? Did I miss it?

  15. Bill Childs says:

    Just started using Mesquite Flour after reading Gary Nabhan’s book “Mesquite”. This is first recipe we’ve used (like the flavor od a small amount in applesauce (1.5 tsp/cup) and baked beans (1 tsp/lb.). Love the recipe. Great lingrtingv aftertaste.
    More please!!

  16. Jieun Newland says:

    This was my first baking with mesquite powder. It turned out beautifully. I did not have shredded coconuts so I added cacao nibs and walnut instead. The texture is nice and chewy. I can see making this recipe in many different version. Thank you so much!

  17. Debbie says:

    It would be helpful to know estimated baking time.

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