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Gluten-free, low-fat orange cookies

January 7, 2015

Winter baking is the best. The house warms up quickly and the aromas of sugar and fats permeate the air, feeding the eating cycle of winter hibernation. While most of the desserts I bake are horrendously calorific, this post highlights a concoction that is relatively light, easy to make, and can be described using a plethora of hyphen-heavy adjectives.

Most coconut flour desserts tend to be difficult to tame because if the coconut is not kept at a minimum, the dessert risks tasting like a lot like pure coconut. However, I found that these cookies balance the flavors really well by highlighting the pungent flavor of oranges, while allowing the coconut flour to give body to the recipe without overwhelming the overall flavor.


These cookies can also be made dairy-free by using dairy alternatives, and sugar-free by using sweetener alternatives. Best of all, these are gluten-free and ultra low fat! With a lot of organic and free-range thrown in if you want. The recipe below makes about 50 1 1/2-inch cookies, although the shape and sizes can be changed without too much difference in baking time.

The most negative thing about this dessert is that eating a decent amount of it gives me a buttload of gas due to the high fiber content. Your mileage may vary.

1 large banana, about 8 inches
1 Tbsp maple syrup or equivalent in sweetener
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 tsp orange extract
zest of 1 orange (about 1 Tbsp)
1/2 cup milk (can be substituted with almond or coconut milk)
butter or oil, to prevent sticking

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
(2) Mash the banana and mix with the maple syrup.
(3) Sift together coconut flour, baking powder, and salt, and add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
(4) Add the orange extract, orange zest, and milk. Mix well to incorporate.
(5) Butter a flat cookie sheet. Spoon the batter onto the sheet and flatten into 1 1/2″ rounds. These will not change shape in the oven.
(6) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, until the outside of the cookies are barely browned.
(7) Cool 5-10 minutes before consuming. The longer the sit, the better it tastes.


Dai Dai


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  1. Oh wow they look so delicious! ❤

    • Thank you! Hope you try this recipe out. I think they taste a lot better than they look!

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