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Paleo vegan chocolate dipped orange zest cookies (nut-free)


Easy Paleo Vegan Chocolate Dipped Orange Zest Cookies

Since it’s the holiday season, I’m continuing the cookie treat trend from last week’s allergy-friendly Gingerbread man cookies with these easy chocolate dipped orange zest cookies. I even took a poll on Facebook to see if people would prefer an informative and educational post on some nutrition topic, or cookies. Well, I’m pleased to say that cookies won out. Again, because my household is one with a number of food sensitivities and intolerances, these cookies are dairy-free, egg-free (vegan), nut-free, grain-free (paleo) but not flavor-free.

They taste really really good out of the oven because they’ve got a crispness on the outside with a chewiness on the inside, and they smell SO good. Really though, anything that uses orange zest will do that. It makes everything smell wonderful and Christmas-y and good. I don’t know why I associate oranges with Christmas, but I do – I think it has to do with the fact that way back when, oranges were considered such a special Christmas-time treat. (I’m in Canada so really, oranges have no business to be here ever, never mind December, but hey).

If you can actually wait long enough to allow your cookies to cool, then the dip makes these cookies even more delicious, if that’s possible. The chocolate dip uses a bit of orange-zest too for that chocolate-orange goodness.

One note about the banana used in this cookie recipe – opt for a green-tipped banana to lessen the banana flavor in the cookies. If you do happen to use a riper banana, it’s not bad, but you might find the banana starts to overpower the orange flavor, and makes it more ‘creamsicle’ in flavor than orange, which isn’t bad, but might not be what you’re looking for.

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Allergy-friendly chocolate-dipped orange cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Allergy-friendly chocolate-dipped orange cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small saucepan on low heat, add the juice, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract together until the coconut oil is melted. Add the mashed banana, and blend everything together with an immersion blender.
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend together the orange zest, salt, tapioca and coconut flours.
  4. Slowly add the liquid mixture into the flour mixture until a dough forms.
  5. Roll the dough between into small balls and flatten them to about 1/4" thick on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Optional: allow cookies to cool thoroughly and dip with chocolate.
  8. Chocolate dipping sauce:
  9. Blend together melted coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder and orange zest together in a small bowl.
  10. Dip cookies in chocolate sauce and allow the chocolate to harden by placing cookies on a wire rack.

Paleo vegan chocolate dipped orange zest cookies


This post is linked to Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable on Phoenix Helix

Vivian is the founder of the Real Food Guide and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who believes that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey to find what works. While she herself eats a diet of real food (aka a paleo diet), some people may find that they can flourish on a vegetarian diet instead. However, universal to optimal health and well-being is good quality, nutrient-dense, Real Food.

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December 18 |

2 thoughts on “Paleo vegan chocolate dipped orange zest cookies (nut-free)

  1. Jaime says:

    I have been looking for more nut-free cookie options as I typically bake with almond flour. I love the chocolate/orange flavor combination, it’s so refreshing! You can’t go wrong with orange zest!

  2. Julie C says:

    I was so excited for these because I love the combination of chocolate and orange but these were a big disappointment. The chewy texture was more rubbery – as I know tapioca flour can do as I make pizza crusts with it. This was not the texture I want in a cookie. Now I have a big batch of these and no one likes them.

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