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Healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy ouside and soft center. Gluten free, grain free, paleo with no refined sugar (honey). Ready in 15 minutes.Those healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy ouside and soft center are 100% gluten free, grain free, vegan with no refined sugar using natural brown rice syrup as a sweetener. They are ready in 15 minutes and makes an excellent guilt free clean eating recipe for the cookies lovers.

For Halloween we are all looking for fun recipes for kids to make. But it is not because it is Halloween that we have to eat treats loaded with bad stuff. That is why I made those coconut almond cookies loaded with wholesome natural ingredients. I t is not that I am against candies – on the contrary my parents own an organic candy factory and I always had candies were I was young. But lately I saw so much cheap quality Halloween treats in the supermarket that I can not buy them. So I decided to develop my own Halloween cookies recipe that will be fun for kids to make, low cost, nutritious and allergy friendly. I really wanted a recipe that taste great and suitable for everyone.

kids eating healthy cookiesWhat I love the most about those coconut almond cookies recipe is that you do not need fancy cookie cutters or any fancy baking tools to shape them. All you need is a food processor to make the batter in less than 3 minutes and then simply shape the cookies with your hands to form nice cookie balls. Use your fingers to press them and form round flat cookies. It makes this recipe perfect for toddlers who will enjoy playing with this sticky cookie dough as if it were play dough.

Healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy ouside and soft center. Gluten free, grain free, paleo with no refined sugar (honey). Ready in 15 minutes.

Those almond coconut cookies are mainly made with dessicated coconut and almond meal flavoured with lots of spices ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. The texture is soft in the middle and crusty on the outside.

Healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy ouside and soft center. Gluten free, grain free, paleo with no refined sugar (honey). Ready in 15 minutes.

How I decorated those Coconut Almond Cookies?

I recommend to make some homemade sugar free chocolate recipe here or to use melted dark chocolate > 70%. Simply dip half of the cookie into the melted chocolate and then dip into dessicated coconut or sliced almonds on top. Let dry on a cookie rack. Update on 10/12/2015: I also used unsweetened carob buttons to dip the cookies.

Healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy ouside and soft center. Gluten free, grain free, paleo with no refined sugar (honey). Ready in 15 minutes.

 WATCH THE COCONUT ALMOND COOKIES RECIPE VIDEO

 

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Healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy ouside and soft center. Gluten free, grain free, paleo with no refined sugar (honey). Ready in 15 minutes.

Coconut Almond Cookies

Healthy Coconut Almond Cookies with a crispy outside and soft center. Gluten free, grain free, paleo with no refined sugar (honey). Ready in 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Author: Carine
8 small cookies
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Ingredients

Cookies decoration

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C (360F). Lay a cookie sheet with baking paper. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, with the S blade attchement, add all the cookie ingredients. 
  • Process on medium speed until all the ingredient comes together crumble. Transfer the dough into a bowl, form a ball with your hands and refrigerate 15-20 minutes. 
  • Grease your hands with a tiny amount of coconut oil and form 4 large cookie balls or 8 small cookie balls - as you like, gently rolling the cookie dough between your hands to form balls.
  • Place the balls on the baking tray covered with baking paper.
  • Press each balls with your fingers to form thick flat round cookie - about 1 cm thickness.
  • Bake at 180 C (360 F) for 12 minutes or until the sides are golden brown.
  • Cool down on the cookie sheet for 20 minutes, they will harden slightly when cooling down.
  • Transfer onto a cookie rack to fully cool down then decorate.

Cookies decoration

  • Melt the dark chocolate and coconut in the microwave. Process by 30 seconds burst, giving a good stir each time to avoid the chocolate to burn.
  • Dip half of the cookie into the melted chocolate then dip into desiccated coconut or sliced almonds. Dry on a cooking rack. Place the rack few minutes in the fridge to set the chocolate shell quickly.
  • Store up to 5 days in a cookie jar.
Dark chocolate: I used about 1 square of 5 g for 2 cookies - I used 90% cocoa chocolate but any dark chocolate >70 % cocoa are great healthier options. You can also use melted carob button.
Vegan option: use a flax seed egg instead of regular egg. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed into 2 tablespoons of water. Give a good stir and set aside for 10 minutes until it forms a jelly like texture. Use as an egg in this recipe. See recipe video in the post for more details.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Almond Cookies
Amount Per Serving (8 small cookies)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.6g 21%
Total Carbohydrates 11.8g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Sugars 9.5g
Protein 3.1g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    45 comments

  1. Made these cookies this morning before work for a morning tea. So quick and easy. Lots of great feedback and requests for the recipe. Will definitely make again. I used a combination of maple syrup and honey and added a bit extra ginger and cinnamon for adult taste buds. Thanks!!

  2. I can’t wait to try these out they look delicious! Do you need a food processor because I don’t have one? Can i still make create the right texture with an electric mixer instead?

    • You really need a food processor for this cookie recipe! I hope you find one to try it out, this is a delicious one. XOXO Carine.

    • Definetely yes! I actually tend to prefer chia egg from now on. It makes my baking hold better together 🙂 Well, I love my egg but my husband is vegan so I always have to find a egg free version that works for him too. Enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine

  3. […] You know how some recipes just LOOK gluten-free and dairy-free? Well, this one doesn’t. It looks like the gluten-filled buttery goodness that you’d expect from a raspberry thumbprint cookie, but it’s better because it doesn’t have them at all. This recipe uses a combination of almond and coconut flour in place of flour and coconut oil in place of butter. No matter what they’re made of – they look divine! 57. Coconut Almond Cookies […]

  4. Hi,
    I do not own a food processor just a vita mix. Can I use the vita mix or just mix the ingredients by hand?
    thanks

    • Hello ! I wish I had a vitamix, you can make everything in this ! I am sure you can make this cookie dough as well. It may work less by hands as the blade really break the coconut into a thinner texture and gather all the ingredients together. Enjoy the cookies. XOXO Carine.

    • I am sorry this typical cookie recipe need a food processor to bring the ingredients together and break down the coconut in smaller pieces. I hope you find one cause they are yummy 🙂 Thanks for reading the blog ! XOXO Carine.


  5. Oh. my. Gracious. I just made these lovely cookies and WOW! Not only are they super yummy, but so beautiful in their classic presentation. I made some for a dinner party and then gave a few to my boss and in short: everyone LOVED them! Thank you for generously sharing your love for baking with all of us! xoxo

    • Thanks for this lovely comment! I am so happy that you enjoyed my cookies recipe. Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you will find other delicious recipes to try around here. XOXO. Carine.

  6. Hello,

    These look amazing- just wondering if you or anyone has been able to substitute the egg for flax seeds (or anything else)? I am wanting to make for my son who I see allergic to egg.

    Thanks in advance, Kat

    • Hi, It is on my to do list! I will give it a try with flax egg very soon and let you know ! I am pretty sure it will work well 🙂

    • No, I am very sorry but the batter won’t come together in a blender. You really need a food processor with S blade attachment to make a great cookie dough. Enjoy! xoxo Carine.

  7. I have coconut flour. What will be the substitute for dedicated coconut?
    Thanks for the recipe. Will make it.

    • Hi, I wouldn’t substitute coconut with coconut flour. Coconut flour contains lots of fibre -40% of fibre- which means it is a very water absorbent flour that will suck up all the liquid in those cookeis. It will makes them really dry and crumbly. I hope this helps ! Thanks for reading the blog and testing my recipes Eunice! xoxo Carine.

    • Thanks for this lovely comments! I am so happy to read that. I love this coconut almond cookie recipe and I am so happy when my readers loves it too. Thanks for following me and testing my recipes my Dear! xoxo Carine.

  8. Hello, I would love to try this recipe. Do you know if i substituted the honey or maple for Swerve or Truvia how much I should use? I am on a low sugar diet.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I would not recommend to substitute the liquid sweetener by a crystal sweetener in this cookie recipe. The liquid sweetener really makes the batter hold/stick together. However if you would like to make sugar free cookies I would recommend my sugar free chocolate chips cookie recipe here. I used an equivalent of Swerve in the recipe (called Natvia in New Zealand but clearly the same product). The recipe is very low carb and 100% sugar free. Give it a try ! You will love them ! Thanks for following my blog recipes and testing them. See you around! xoxo Carine.

    • Hello! Each cookie contains 220 kcal. The recipe makes 6 large cookies. You can check the full nutrition panel of those coconut almond cookies below the recipe card. Enjoy the recipe. Carine.

  9. Hi Carine, the ingredient ( listed (-1egg,size 6), would that be 1 small egg or 6 small eggs? Please reply. I really want to try these cookies and check-out your blog .

    • Hi Donnie, it simply means a regular egg. In New Zealand they give size to eggs. Size 6 are the regular eggs and size 8 are the big eggs. I will remove that to avoid any confusion in the future. Enjoy the cookies. They are delicious ! Carine.

    • Hi Lucia,
      Yes all the ingredients except the melted chocolate are going into the food processor to form the cookie batter. If you look at the instructions I separated the cookie batter ingredients list from the ingredients to use to decorate the cookies. Those are delicious it is a must try ! Enjoy! Carine.

  10. Amazing recipe, thank you so much! I just tried it and loved it. But the chocolate didn’t freeze on them, it’s been 3 hours and it’s still melted chocolate? It’s still delicious but I can’t put them in a cookie jar.. Why do you think that happened?

    • Hi Leyla, I am so happy when people take some time to tell me how much they love a recipe. I am not sure how chocolate can not harden! I mean if you simply melt dark chocolate and cover the cookies with it, it must make a chocolate shell at some point. Did you melt the chocolate with a bit of oil or milk? You can try to place them for 5 minutes in the fridge but not longer or the cookies will soften. Let me know and browse the blog I have got many other healthy cookies and muffins recipe to try ! Carine.

    • Hi Susan, I am SO happy that you enjoyed those cookies. I love the way you twisted the recipe to make it your own recipe. Lots of great ideas here! Another recipe on my to do list 🙂 I hope to see you soon on the blog ! Carine.

  11. Delicious!! Just made these cookies for afternoon tea. Didn’t have ground almonds so substituted with wholewheat flour and boy they’re great!! Just the sweetness I was craving after giving up refined sugar 2 months ago but still having the odd craving for sweetie treats! This will be my go to recipe for bickies now. Thanks heaps, just have to double the recipe so we have plenty to share!!

    • Hi Isabel, Thank you for your lovely comment!Like you it has been 3 years that I did not eat refined sugar at all and this cookie recipe works well for me too. BUT I never thought about using wholewheat instead of almonds! What a great idea to make them nut free for my girl lunchbox. I will definitely try next time 🙂 I hope you find other lovely recipes on the blog, I have got plenty of refined sugar free treats around so enjoy them. xoxo Carine.

  12. i made these a few days ago, and they are absolutely amazing! Perfectly chewy, coconutty and sweet. I will definitely make these again.

    • Hi Charlotte, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I love those cookies too, probably the best wholesome cookies I ever made! See you soon on the blog! xoxo Carine.

  13. HI there
    There’s cookies look great!
    With regards to the ground almonds – can you also use almond flour?

    • Hi Alison, Almond ground and almond flour are actually the same thing. You can use any of both to make those yummy cookies. Enjoy them ! See you soon on the blog. Carine.