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Mesquite Cookies


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

  • Highly effective in balancing blood sugar- making it an awesome thing to use in sweeter treats and smoothies. The form of fructose, which 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 carmelly 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
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • 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.
  • Category: Dessert

Now, I would LOVE to spread this cookie loving. Send me your variations with a pic or two and we’ll collect our faves to post here in a couple weeks.

Question of The Day: What is your secret weapon cookie ingredient?

20 Responses to “Mesquite Cookies”

  1. Jamie said…
    Your niece is soooo cute! I love her shirt! My secret cookie ingredient is dark chocolate chips
  2. Jamie said…
    Has to be 70% cacao.......Or even better cacao nibs!
  3. YUM! Sounds good. You could also add cinnamon for extra flavour and blood-sugar controlling properties.
  4. Jo said…
    Can I find mesquite powder at the health food store? Is it easy to find?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      You should be able to. Navitas and Upaya both have it as well. I am working on carrying it too. I am loving it!
  5. Patsy Telpner said…
    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 said…
    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 said…
    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 said…
    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 said…
    Looks delicious! But I'm a bit confused... isn't fructose bad for you? That's the word around town these days.......... ? :)
  10. Marilene said…
    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 said…
    I am in love with Mesquite powder now, thanks to this post! I added goji berries and a little cinnamon :)
  12. Looking for a treat this weekend? Try my gluten-free cookies. They're kid approved! #glutenfreecleanse
  13. Moreen Murray said…
    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 said…
    wish the nutritional numbers were added to this recipe. Calories? fat? sugar? protein? Did I miss it?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Martie! I don't include nutritional info in my recipes. Here's why:
  15. Bill Childs said… September 25, 2020
    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 said… November 4, 2020
    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 said… April 10, 2021
    It would be helpful to know estimated baking time.

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