HEALTHY LIVING

Gluten-free Vegan Orange Cardamom Cookies

Preparation time: 25 mins 
Recipe and image by Nada E

•    ¼ cup of coconut oil, softened
•    ¼ cup date paste
•    1 tsp vanilla extract
•    1 tbsp orange juice
•    1 tbsp orange zest
•    ? tsp salt
•    ¼ tsp baking soda
•    1 tsp cinnamon
•    1 tsp ground cardamom
•    1 cup + 2 tbsp gluten-free flour blend

PREPARATION

•    Preheat your oven to 176°C and line a large cookie sheet with baking parchment paper
•    Start by combining all the wet ingredients together using a mixer (or just a whisk and some elbow grease). First cream the coconut oil with the date paste until it forms one cohesive caramel coloured base, then add in the vanilla, orange juice and zest
•    Next in a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices
•    Fold wet into dry and mix until you have a nice buttery looking dough that you can roll into a ball. Note that if the mix is too dry, you can add some more date paste or even maple syrup – whereas if it’s too sticky, try adding 1 tbsp of flour
•    Roll the dough into balls, then flatten out on a piece of baking paper and use your cookie cutter of choice to cut out shapes. Carefully transfer them to the cookie sheet and bake for no more than 15 minutes or until the edges are just golden (careful not to burn)
•    Allow to cool on a rack for at least 5 minutes then enjoy