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This is a great cookie recipe (I think) for a batch that can satisfy your snack cravings without much guilt, but much satisfaction 😉   I hope you enjoy …

I’ve combined a few ingredients from various recipes I used in my previous batches and added some in from instinct (and/ or lack of ingredients in the pantry 😉 I have used black strap molasses here to cut down on the sweetness of the cookies. Note: these cookies are not very sweet so stick with just coconut nectar or honey if you require extra sweetness)


1 cup organic almond meal

1 cup organic coconut flour, or other G/F flour (I used brown teff flour in this batch, which is why they turned out darker) you can also use spelt flour

1/4 cup melted butter (vegans can use coconut oil) plus extra 2 tbspns to bind mixture as needed

1.5 tablespoons coconut nectar

1 tablespoon black strap molasses

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

¼ cup goji berries (soaked and strained)

4 cloves (crushed in a mortal & pesel, or clover powder)

cayenne pepper (my little trick ingredient – for a little unexpected kick, or more of a hit it you are that way inclined, so add to taste, but don’t overdo)

1/2 cup cacao nibs, (or broken pecan pieces, or your choice of nuts)

cookie ingredients


Preheat oven to 175 C, not fan forced. Line baking tray with baking paper.

Fill ¼ cup with goji berries and pour over very hot or near boiling water. Let stand for about 5 or more minutes (till you are ready to add them to the finished cookie batter). This makes them plump so when they are in the oven they don’t dry out and don’t burn while baking.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond meal, flour, salt, baking soda, cayenne pepper and crushed cloves. Then add the melted butter, molasses, nectar, vanilla extract, and cacao nibs or nuts. Mix well. I use a wooden spoon.

Shape into balls in your hand and flatten on the baking tray with the spoon or a fork. Bake for 12 minutes, then let stand for 3 mins or so in closed oven. Let cool on the baking tray for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

nib cookies

(I used the Paleo Cookie recipe from the Detoxinista blog as my starting off point, and gradually changed it to become my own with all the tweaking J )