Orange and olive oil chia seed cookies



These fruity and seedy cookies are filled with aromatic orange zest, and are lightly sweetened with coconut sugar to create the perfect springtime snack. Chia seeds and olive oil add an earthy richness to compliment the delicate sweetness and orange tang. I chose coconut flour over traditional flour, not only to keep these gluten free, but because of the subtle flavour and unique texture that leaves the edges delightfully crisp. I adore this recipe and I hope you do, too!


This recipe is vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free.


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Makes 22-24 cookies

Ready in 40 minutes + cool 30 minutes

Ingredients


1 cup coconut flour

2/3 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

zest of 4 oranges

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 chia eggs

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

4-6 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F

  2. In a mixing bowl, add coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, add coconut sugar, orange juice, olive oil, chia egg. Whisk to combine

  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredients

  5. Combine wet and dry until no dry bits remain. Add one tablespoon of water at a time until dough becomes malleable and workable. It may take 4-6 tablespoons

  6. Get a baking pan ready. Roll 22-24 equally portioned balls out of the dough, and flatten them with the palm of your hand. The dough may seem crumbly, but you will still be able to form a ball out of it

  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden

  8. Let cookies cool directly on the baking pan for 30 minutes. This is a very important step, because they need to set up and cool on the pan. If they're eaten directly off the pan, they will be too crumbly

Remember

  • A chia egg is the same as a flax egg. Use one tablespoon of ground chia seeds mixed with three tablespoons of water. Prepare this in advance around the time you preheat your oven. By the time you are ready to add the chia egg to the wet ingredients, it will have gelled up into an egg-like consistency

  • Coconut flour absorbs a lot of water and it can be tricky to work with. The goal is to separate the dough into equal portions, they won't be perfectly formed balls like regular cookies made with wheat flour