I don’t make cookies often. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cookies. I do, but I’m not a huge fan of cookies (unlike my husband!). But once in a while, I do enjoy baking some cookies, and because I think baking cookies can be pretty messy sometimes, I was trying to come up with a quick recipe to share with you. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and at first I was going to make it as is, but then as usual, I started thinking “hey, what if I replace this with this?”. I enjoy the challenge of finding healthier options and ways to make something sinful into a healthy-yet-delicious version of it. Also, I always think of my husband who can’t have dairy, so I usually change it to be dairy-free. I decided to make this vegan for those who follow that lifestyle and for those with dairy or egg allergies. And then I decided that it would be pretty cool if I could just eliminate the sugar altogether (except if you sprinkle the optional icing sugar on top)… and here we are, deliciously healthy hazelnut cookies!
These cookies only have 5 ingredients, have no flour, no grains, no sugar, no milk, no butter, no eggs. Similar to these oat coconut cacao cookies I made a long time ago, but no coconut in today’s cookies. They are also by far the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. They can be made in about 20 minutes, from start to putting them in the oven. I didn’t even have to gets my hands dirty rolling anything because I used a mini ice cream scoop! 🙂
These are perfect little bites to enjoy anytime, completely guilt-free, great with a cup of tea or just to share with friends. Who wouldn’t like to receive a small box full of homemade healthy cookies? Yum!
5 Ingredient Hazelnut Cookies | Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free
A recipe for deliciously healthy hazelnut cookies using only 5 whole food ingredients! Vegan, gluten-free, paleo and sugar-free!
- 1 cup organic raw hazelnuts ground (in a clean coffee grinder) This will give you more than 1 cup hazelnut powder
- 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
- 1 organic banana
- 4 Medjool dates seed removed
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds mixed with 1/3 cup warm water (spring or filtered)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Mix the chia seeds with the warm water right away and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
- Using a food processor, pulse the dates and banana until smooth, then add the olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and about half of the hazelnut powder, and blend.
- Transfer to a small mixing bowl, add the chia seed mixture, mix with a spoon, then add the rest of the hazelnut flour and mix everything.
- Using a mini ice cream scoop or a teaspoon, put on a small cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then add 1 hazelnut on top of each of them, pushing down the top of the cookie a bit.
- Cook in a 350F oven for about 25-30 minutes or until it starts getting golden.
- Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle some icing sugar if you'd like (optional). Let cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container.
Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 62kcal | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 83mg | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 1g | Vitamin A: 10% | Vitamin C: 0.7% | Calcium: 15% | Iron: 0.4%