Orange Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies {grain free} {vegan} {paleo}

My mindless after dinner snacking is getting a bit ridiculous. I don’t know what it is but I am not even hungry and I’m devouring whole jars of coconut butter or bags of granola. I like having dessert after dinner but I am trying to focus on my portion control. No, not because I am watching my waistline (psh you should know this) but because it’s been seriously hurting my stomach and digestion. Nuts and seeds are delicious but their phytic acid content can certainly irritate one’s gut lining. And they have been irritating mine. I’ll save you the details but a) it’s not pleasant b) I don’t retain the other good nutrition I’m eating c) it’s just not fun. This is how certain grains make me feel too… yuck. 

This week I have been focusing on putting my dessert in a bowl or on a plate – so it is a serving rather than a bottomless jar or bag. This way I enjoy my treat but don’t feel the unpleasant consequences of going overboard. So I’ve been cutting one piece of fudgy brownie birthday cake and then putting it away or eating one (okay two) cookies. 

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I think dessert is important and I usually have an “Amy friendly” sweet treat in the freezer. I know my family won’t touch it so it will be there for me when a craving hits. I’ve actually come to realize that I’m a huge fan of cookies. They’re delicious.

But cookies are easy to go a little overboard with too. What is it with my sweet tooth? Do I need to Whole 30 again? No probably not. I just need to have a littleeee self control.

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I really wanted to try to make a cookie not out of almond flour but still grain free (and vegan friendly) so I pulsed some cashews in the food processor. Success – cashew meal. Orange and chocolate randomly go together really well so I wanted to try that out. It took a bit of trial and error to get everything just right but I eventually figured out. 

To my gluten or grain free people or vegan people or paleo people… yup these cookies are totally a-okay for you! Let’s just hope they last longer for you than they did for me. Or not.

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Orange Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients (Makes 15 cookies)

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews (or 1 cup cashew meal – Trader Joe’s carries cashew meal)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. honey (vegan option: maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp. juice from an orange
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a silpat (or parchment paper) and set aside.

2. Add cashews to a food processor and pulse until finely, finely chopped (but not too long or it will turn into butter).

3. In a medium bowl, combine your cashew flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

4. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey and juice from the orange.

5. Add the coconut oil mixture to the cashew flour mixture and stir to combine.

6. Add chocolate chips and orange zest to the batter and combine.

7. Use a tablespoon to drop 15 cookies onto the baking sheet – use another spoon to ‘tap’ out batter from the tablespoon and gently press down in the center.

8. Bake for 12 minutes.

9. Transfer to wire rack to cool and enjoy!


Questions of the day…

Are you an after-dinner snacker? What’s your favorite kind of cookie? 



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54 thoughts on “Orange Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies {grain free} {vegan} {paleo}

  1. Well these look amazing! Cashews are my favourite, not that you didn’t already know…Chocolate orange is a brilliant combination as well! After dinner is pretty late for me about 9pm, so either nothing or a couple of nut butter/coconut butter stuffed dates…

  2. I will eat ALL THE COOKIES. I’ve mostly just accepted this about myself and moved on (when I start talking self-control to myself it starts to sound dangerously like my disordered days so I try not to). A massive sweet tooth runs in my family, and the only thing that keeps me from sweets is distance and not even that always works as I can convince John to go pick us up something or I’ll Macgyver something together from what we have.I’m an especially huge fan of cookies. I never really make them because, in case it wasn’t obvious, John and I would just devour the whole batch as soon as they were out, but sometimes I do so I am pinning these just in case!

  3. These look delicious. I always have to have nuts and dried fruit after dinner. I’m not sure why. I think the sweet/salty combination is perfectly satisfying before I go to bed. :)

  4. Some days I feel satisfied with dinner, and some days I eat ALL THE FOOD (even thought I’m not hungry and have had enough all day). Your idea of keeping treats in the freezer is smart though! I’ll have to do that next time.

    1. It’s so crazy/weird how that happens! Definitely keep some freezer treats… they are often best cold – especially in the summer

  5. I have seen cashew meal at TJs but haven’t tried using it yet… this combo looks so good! I’m such an after dinner-snacker, I’m trying to stop… I really wonder what it is that keeps me picking at things, even if I’m not hungry…

  6. I love after dinner snacks, but I’m usually so full that I only eat a little (unless it’s cookie dough, then I eat the entire package). I like your idea of putting your snacks in a single serving container. I think when you eat ANYTHING out of the bag it comes in, you will eat more, regardless of how hungry you are. In fact, they have done studies showing that you will. I don’t know if your neediness extends to the psychology of eating yet, but as soon as and if it ever does, I am your girl :)

  7. Orange + chocolate = perfection! I know that the creamy sweetness of cashews would blend with those flavors really well, too! I’ve definitely been a night time snacker recently, but I’ve been trying to keep it to one dessert rather than handful after handful of chocolate chips which leaves me too hyper and a little too sugary haha.

  8. These look great! Dessert is important and it’s good to feel like you’ve gotten a bit of a sweet fix- but yes to a bowl! I need to implement that too. My other dessert lately is a yogurt with coconut and cacao nibs. Making something normal feel sweeter!

      1. Just made these and subbed lemon zest + lemon juice for the orange, and added 1/4 cup dried cherry pieces and reduced the mini chocolate chips a bit. They were done right at 12 minutes and looked pretty brown on the bottom but turned out perfect!! Everyone at work loved them!

  9. You know this is my issue, too! I think it honestly has to do with the anxiety/ anticipation of being responsible for your OWN future. At the end of the day, I have loved every minute, but there is SO MUCH MORE that I wanted to get done and I don’t think I’m “there” in terms of building my own business and the feeling of overwhelm is what sometimes leads me to eat even when I’m not hungry. I have an idea – emailing you :)

  10. Oh my gosh, having these and your chocolate cake in my freezer would make my life so awesome haha
    I am so glad you mentioned that about nuts irritating the gut lining. I definitely noticed while I was doing Whole 30 that any time I had a few too many handfuls of walnuts or spoonfuls of cashew butter my tummy was in SO much pain. But if I just had a little bit I was fine. I try to be more careful now. But I totally know what you mean about after-dinner snacking — definitely something I’m working on too :)

  11. I’m happy you mentioned that nuts and seeds may not be the best thing to eat before a workout–on Monday I was pretty hungry before my run so I ate some trail mix (mostly sunflower seeds and almonds) and my stomach freaked out beyond belief about 3 miles in–good to know!

  12. These sound really tasty! For a while, my after dinner snacky tooth was going crazy too, but I started drinking a cup of hot tea (non-caffeine) or sparkling water with lime and it totally does the trick!!! UNLESS of course I actually am still hungry, then I eat something! :)

  13. I’m trying to avoid almond meal too after reading an article about using it more sparingly. I’ve been trying to get more into flaxmeal and without a food processor I can’t just buy nuts and seeds to pulse them into a fine consistency. you’re lucky to possess one!

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