These grain-free orange cardamom cookies are made with almond flour for a healthy protein-packed treat. They’re also vegan and gluten-free!

grain-free orange cardamom cookies

I am SO excited to finally be back with a new recipe!

I’ve been sick in bed with the flu for two weeks since I’ve been back from my trip to Sri Lanka. Go figure, one day back in the winter weather and I end up sick.

Being sick in bed it was nearly impossible to cook anything, let alone have much appetite to eat anything. So after my two-week diet of orange juice and soup, I was needless to say pretty excited to get back in the kitchen and start creating some new recipes!

grain-free orange cardamom cookies

This recipe for grain-free orange cardamom cookies is the first of many to come!

Since it’s still the holiday season, I’m in the mindset of baking cookies…these aren’t your average cookies though. They’re also sweetened with maple syrup. (Though the glaze uses icing sugar, which you can just ommit if you want to keep the sugar to a minimum!)

These cookies are completely vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and refined-sugar free. They’re a shortbread type of cookie made with an almond flour base, so they’re high in protein and healthy fats.

They also feature one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations: orange and cardamom! (A match made in heaven if you ask me.)

grain-free orange cardamom cookies

With the year coming to an end and January just around the corner, I have many more healthy recipes in the works for the new year.

I’m excited to be sharing some really healthy “detox” type recipes for January, (we all could use a little detox after the holidays, right?) along with some heartwarming recipes to help get you through the coldest days of winter.

grain-free orange cardamom cookies

The new year is a great time to jump into some new goals and resolutions, and healthy eating is always a great place to start.

I’m currently working on some of my goals for the new year (both for the blog and personal goals) which I’ll be sharing in some upcoming blog posts soon!

What are some goals you’ve set for 2018?

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Grain-free orange cardamom cookies

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  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert/Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Grain-free orange cardamom cookies will be your next favorite afternoon treat!


  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (melted coconut oil, melted butter, or vegetable oil work too)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

glaze (optional)

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp almond milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the almond flour, orange zest, lemon zest, cardamom, and baking soda together in a bowl.
  3. Next add the avocado oil and maple syrup and mix together until a dough forms. (you can also use a mixer for this if you prefer)
  4. Using your hands, form a ball with the dough.
  5. Wrap in some parchment paper and place in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it is about 1cm thick.
  7. Use a round cookie cutter to cut the cookies.
  8. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  9. To make the glaze, mix the icing sugar and almond milk together.
  10. drizzle on top of the cookies.
  11. Store in an airtight container.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 65
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
Tips & suggestions:
  • You can use a mixmaster to mix these cookies together in a dough
  • If you don’t wall to use cookie cutters, simply roll the dough into small balls, press down and place on your baking sheet
  • If you love these grain-free orange cardamom cookies you’ll also love these no-bake chocolate chip almond cookies!
These grain-free orange cardamom cookies are a healthy treat that also happen to be vegan and gluten-free!