Wonderfully disguised as a treat, these vegan and gluten-free cookies are packed with goodness and taste zesty and rich.
In these strange times with children home much more than usual, I felt the need to find a good cookie recipe to answer that question that gets asked a zillion times a day… “Mummy, can I have a snack?”. I'm constantly on the search for vegan and gluten-free cookie recipes. It's easy to find either vegan or gluten-free but quite hard to find both so I have been experimenting with my own versions instead. These zesty orange and walnut cookies hit that sweet spot of being satisfying, tasty and also, dare I say it, a little bit healthy. Of course they are also vegan and gluten-free too!
I get sweet satisfaction knowing that I have something that looks and sounds like a treat (“Who wants a cookie?”) but actually sneaks in some good stuff as well. Although, of course, there is sugar in these cookies, they are also packed with goodness, from the iron in the blackstrap molasses, vitamin C in the orange juice, good fats in the walnuts and fibre in the oats and buckwheat flour. They are also gluten free and vegan so everyone can indulge in them! They are also dangerously good with my mid-morning cup of coffee!
If you are dealing with nut allergies or sending these cookies in lunch boxes, just leave out the walnuts. Sometimes I replace the walnuts with dried cranberries instead to give little bursts of tangy sweetness that complement the orange perfectly.
These cookies will keep in a sealed container for a few days - if you can stop yourself eating them in that time!
Recipe Card 📖
Zesty Orange and Walnut Cookies
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 orange
- 70 g coconut oil
- 70 g caster sugar or soft light brown sugar
- 30 g blackstrap molasses (or substitute with more soft light brown sugar if you don't have blackstrap molasses)
- 2 tbsp orange marmalade
- 100 g buckwheat flour
- 75 g oats
- 40 g walnuts chopped
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- small grating of nutmeg
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Zest the orange, then juice half of the orange (about 40ml) and mix the juice with the flax seeds. Leave the flax seed and orange juice mixture to sit for 5 minutes while you set up.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
- Weigh out the buckwheat flour, oats, spices, salt and baking powder into a bowl and set aside. Chop the walnuts and add to the flour bowl.
- Weigh out the coconut oil, sugar, blackstrap molasses, orange zest and marmalade into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the flax seed orange juice mixture and beat on high speed (start slowly then move up to high) for 2 minutes until the mixture is dark and thick.
- Then add the already weighed dry ingredients and beat on a medium speed for 30 seconds or so, just until everything is mixed in well. Add the chopped walnuts and stir in by hand.
- Dollop tablespoonfuls of mixture on the lined baking tray about 3 cm apart. Don’t worry too much about shaping them as they will melt and flatten a bit in the oven.
- Put the cookies in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C.
- Once ready, remove from the oven and leave on the tray for a couple of minutes then carefully move them onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Don’t be tempted to eat them until fully cooled as they crisp up when cool).
- In a thermomix, this is a very easy recipe! The mixing part of the recipe is as follows:
- Chop the walnuts by placing in the Thermomix bowl and setting to 3 seconds / speed 4. Remove and set aside.
- Put the coconut oil and sugar, blackstrap molasses, orange zest and marmalade in the Thermomix bowl. Add the flax seed orange juice mixture and set to 30 seconds / speed 4.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients and set to 20 seconds / REVERSE speed 2 (stirring with the spatula whilst mixing).
- For school lunchboxes or nut allergy sufferers, just leave out the nuts. You could add dried cranberries instead or, for a child crowd pleaser, add chocolate chips for a chocolate orange flavour!
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