Mandarin Almond Cookies – gluten-free with raw options

Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from

My Flax Flour experiments continue. Last week I successfully created a flavor packed cocoa-peanut butter cupcake  This time I combined golden ground flax seeds with almond flour and tangy mandarin orange for a delicate and cake-like cookie.

 Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptions

They’re as healthy as a cookie can be.   

  Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptions 

Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptions

Check out the health benefits in these little golden flax seed jewels HERE. 

Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptions

A zesty little cookie!  

Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptions

Mandarin Almond Cookies
  1. 2 - 3 Mandarin Oranges
  2. 3 Tbs. Organic Coconut Oil melted
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 2 Tbs. organic apple sauce
  5. 1 1/2 cups Almond flour ( I used Bob's Red Mill fine milled)
  6. 1 1/2 cups Golden Flax Seed ground (measure after grinding)
  7. 1 Tbs. Baking Powder
  8. 1/2 cup Organic Sugar ( I used Torbinado)
  9. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  10. pinch of ground cloves
  11. 1/2 tsp cream of tarter (optional)
  12. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  13. sugar and a few almonds for cookie tops
  1. With a sharp knife, peel the outer skin only, try to avoid the white pith of the skin, of one orange. Dice the zest into small squares, see picture
  2. Juice the remaining orange to equal 1/2 cup of juice. Combine orange juice, apple sauce, coconut oil, vanilla, and orange zest in a small bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes to soften the orange zest peel.
  3. Mix together all dry ingredients (except for almond slices) in a medium size bowl. Pour the juice / wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine into a sticky dough. Chill the dough for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spoon out 'golf ball' sized dough pieces onto a baking pan. Using the bottom of a glass or damp fingers, flatten the tops of each cookie to 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle each one with a pinch of sugar and add a few sliced almonds for garnish.
  5. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the outer edges are just barely starting to brown. The cookies will be delicate when first baked and will soften and firm up when cooled. Store in a sealed container for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the dough in a tube to slice off cookies for easy baking anytime.
  1. For Raw options, use raw almond flour / flax, raw sugar are almond slices. Dehydrate formed cookies at 145 for 30 minutes and then reduce temperature to below 110 degrees until cookies are firm.
  2. Also, dried fruit or other nuts would be great in these. They hold together well and the mild almond / vanilla flavors would be wonderful with other add in's like chocolate chips or a splash of Amaretto or almond extract.

 Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptions

I told myself I was fighting off cold and flu germs by eating these cookies.  Not really.  They’re just yummy ♥

Vegan Mandarin Almond Cookies - from  #glutenfree #noflour #rawoptionsEnjoy!



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12 thoughts on “Mandarin Almond Cookies – gluten-free with raw options

  1. narf77

    I pinned this yesterday without knowing it was yours…I should have KNOWN you had something to do with these as they have your signature inventiveness slathered all over them in delicious coconut butter ;). Kudos on these delicious looking babies 🙂


    I just had Royal Mandarins for breakfast yesterday and it was pretty tasty! I love the smell and the juiciness from the mandarins! What a great way to use flax seeds – I’ve been using them in desserts lately, especially breading. I love Turbinado sugar, it’s one of my favorite kinds! These cookies look magically delicious, Angela! I hope you feel better – are you feeling a lot better now? I’m currently fighting off cold 🙁 I plan to make some chik’n noodle soup tonight! I wish I have the energy to try new vegan foods in Boston – but stayed in mostly!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I’m in today too with some bug, and it’s going to be 50+ outside naturally 🙁 So sorry you’re under the weather there in Boston…not fun at all but at least you have good company right? Hugs and healing ♥♥♥

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks Poppy. The trouble with being a food blogger is that I never remake any of my recipes hardly cause I always have so many new things I want to try and these were sooooo good. I’d love to have one right now.

      1. Poppy

        Angela, I am so with you! There are a couple of things which are regulars but most things are one hit wonders 🙁 My partner always says ‘can you make that thing again?’ and I’m like ‘No, must make something off of my humongous to-make list!!’ 😉

        1. Angela @ Canned Time

          My list is always much longer than my time availability and that’s so frustrating. If I could, I be in the kitchen or outside in the Sunshine all day, everyday!!
          Good luck with your list….I’ll look forward to seeing what comes our way from you ♥

          1. Poppy

            Wouldn’t that be wonderful, if we could be free to work through our lists all day, every day?! Oh to dream!

            Thanks Angela, good luck with your too 😀 xo

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