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Looking for healthier holiday treats? Make these Grain Free Chocolate Orange Cookies! They are vegan and mostly sugar-free, with a sugar-free/paleo option
Hey friends, it’s time for Recipe Redux again! Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is coming up soon, so tables will be filled with all kinds of sweet treats. If you are looking for some healthier recipes to share with family and friends (especially if they have food allergies!), then you’re in luck!
In the spirit of the holiday season healthier eating, the November Recipe Redux theme is about all healthier desserts to trim your holiday table:
Trimming the Table: The holiday baking season is upon us. Time to pull out all the stops. Show us the healthy holiday dessert you will be sharing with family and friends this season.
The holiday baking season was always one of my favorite times! It’s so fun to whip up treats to give away to friends. I used to make layered pumpkin cakes, caramel and chocolate dipped pretzels, pumpkin breads, chocolate peanut butter cookies, and more. Nowadays I don’t go all out with my baking as often since we have so many food allergies, but I still love baking holiday treats!
For this recipe I decided to remake one of my older recipes for Guilt-Free “Sugar” Cookies (these ones use Stevia instead of erythritol). I originally made a chocolate mint version of them, but I as having some troubles with the peppermint oil so I decided to make some Grain-Free Chocolate Orange Cookies instead of chocolate mint.
These cookies turned out delicious! The flavors remind me of those Terry’s chocolate oranges you can get at the store around Christmas. Reminds me of the holidays!
My Grain-Free Chocolate Orange Cookies are made mostly sugar-free. We rolled these in granulated sugar so they aren’t completely sugar-free or paleo, but if you want them to be entirely free of sugar, you can roll these in granulated erythritol or omit that part completely. They will just look a little bit different than the photos.
Grain Free Chocolate Orange Cookies (Vegan)
Grain free, vegan; Free of: peanuts, soy, dairy, eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon pure orange extract
- 20 drops Chocolate Better Stevia
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup baking Stevia
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Granulated sugar or erythritol to roll cookies in OPTIONAL
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- In a small microwavable bowl, melt the coconut oil. Whisk in the warm water, ground flaxseed, vanilla extract, and Better Stevia. Set aside and allow to thicken
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking Stevia, cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, baking powder, and salt
- Combine the wet ingredients with the flour mixture and stir to combine until a thick dough forms.
- Pinch off about a tablespoon of dough and roll into balls about 1 inch, then roll the balls in sugar (or granulated erythritol for sugar-free)
- Place the dough balls on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart and flatten slightly
- Bake for 12 minutes (they will be soft inside, but don't over bake these or they will dry out once they cool completely
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist