Vegan Cacao Nib Cookies
Vegan Cacao Nib Cookies

Vegan Cacao Nib Cookies

Can you hear the collective sigh of all Australian mum’s as their little ones settle into the second week of the new school year?

Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao Nib Cookies

I was one of those mums who eased into the school routine.  This year I have set myself a goal, no packaged food will go into my children’s lunchbox, nor will it be consumed as an after school “treat.”

Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao Nib Cookies

Homemade only treats isn’t a new idea for me, as we tend to avoid over processed and packaged foods anyway. I have learned that preparation is the key to success, last year I only lapsed when things became busy or disorganized.

Cacao Nib Vegan Cookies

Cacao Nib Vegan Cookies

Introducing my Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Cacao Nib Cookies!

Gluten Free Cacao Nib Cookies

Gluten Free Cacao Nib Cookies

I have set about finding tasty treats for the family that still serve a nutritional purpose.  I have always had a problem with “empty” calories,, so whilst I am not anti sugar, dairy, gluten etc I have designed these cookies to include FLAVOUR, protein, fibre and a bit of calcium from the sesame seeds.

Gluten Dairy Free Vegan Cookies

Gluten Dairy Free Vegan Cookies

If your school is nut free this won’t be a suitable recipe due to the almond and peanut.  Thankfully my kiddies school doesn’t have a nut free policy.

Vegan Cacao Nib Cookies
Recipe Type: Vegan, Gluten Free, cookies, snack, dairy free
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Julie
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Serves: 12
These are the quickest cookies you can make! Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegan and so delicious it is crazy!
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs Peanut Butter (natural)
  • 1 Tbs unhulled sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs Organic Cacao Nibs
  • 2 Tbs Maple Syrup
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.
  2. Prepare a cookie slide with baking paper.
  3. Mix all the ingredients by hand in a bowl ensure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Make 12 even balls with the mixture and flatten them onto the cookie tray.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.

So other than being the easiest cookie to make, and being exceptionally nutritionally sound, the Cacao Nib Cookies is also so damn good that no one in the house seemed to realised these were a part of our school lunch box reform!

Cacao Nib Cookies Vegan

Cacao Nib Cookies Vegan

I managed to slide these cookies past all my mini food critics! with ease.

Whew… a win to the good guys 😉

Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao Nib Cookies

P.s Thank you to my neighbour Danah for introducing me to Cacao Nibs.

Cacao Nib Gluten Free Cookies

Cacao Nib Gluten Free Cookies

These babies are so much better than chocolate chips!

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  1. I saw these on my FB feed and stopped dead in mid scroll, they look fantastic! I am like you, no processed stuff has entered our house in a year now (unless the teens sneak it in when I’m not looking) I’ve come to the point that I’m making bread everyday (organic bread is SO expensive and we go through a loaf a day)
    I so want one of those cookies, I can just taste them….

  2. Julie, your cookies sound quite delicious! Bookmarking now.

  3. I’m going to order some nibs with my next supply of food products 🙂

  4. These sound great Julie and I just happen to have all the ingredients on hand too- yay! I’m certainly impressed with your commitment and will be looking forward to seeing what other goodies you can come up with to inspire us xox

  5. I’d almost go through a day back at school just to get these in my lunchbox 🙂 Fortunately I think I can probably have my cookies and eat them too – I’ll enjoy them school free!

  6. Great idea. I tried all those things when Skater was little. It distresses me that he goes for processed foods on the occasion now. Read Nutella , nasty stuff.

  7. I’ve been intrigued by cacao nibs too which seem to be popping up in recipes everywhere these days. These look like they’d go down a treat after school with a big glass of milk!

  8. Wow, I would love to get this in my lunchbox 🙂 I also ADORE cacao nibs, so I’d definitely be into these cookies!

  9. I’ve never tried cacao nibs — I must live under a rock! Gotta try these — these cookies look wonderful. Thanks.

  10. These look great Julie! And just like regular choc chip cookies too! I have a bag of cacao nibs that I’m slowly getting through-great timing for this recipe! 😀

  11. They look amazing Julie! I wish I had cacao nibs at hand but since this recipe so tempting me I will make them with chocolate chips tomorrow. I know my little ones will love them too. What a great recipe and I love the photos too! Pinning!

  12. What a fantastic goal for the year, Julie! I remember being very envious of my friend who always brought home baking to school!

  13. Good for you planning ahead so you and your family can eat as healthy as possible. I fell slack last year as well and am glad to be back on track again now. 🙂

  14. I love the idea of a healthier cookie..and yours sound wonderful! Lucky children!!!

  15. I love eating cookies. As a fact i ususally pack some of it anbd have it as snack when I travel to another place

  16. Wow these cookies are so healthy yet still sound and look so tasty perfect!

  17. They look great 😀

    I’m glad I don’t go to school these days. I need my peanut butter sangas! lol

  18. Your vegan cacao cookies look fantastic, Julie! Bravo to you for your commitment to non-processed, non-packaged foods =)

    You are lucky to have a school with okay with nuts policy. Our neighbor ordered birthday cupcakes from me with PB frosting but had to bring it home because no nuts are allowed.

  19. I use cacao nibs or powder quite a lot at home. The most I like on your cookies’ recipe is the cacao flavor, plus that the real baking time is short, then just bake for 10-12 minutes and a quick snack for instance to take to work is there. So handy. thank you.

    170 degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit equals = 338 degrees Fahrenheit.

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