One of my favorite autumn and winter flavors is orange zest in combination with dried dates or some deep dark chocolate. Or both. It cannot be deep or dark enough.

Here are some of my other orange zesty recipes:

There we go: all sorts of flavored granolas, granola bars, snack bars, cakes and truffles. Notice something? Yes, no cookie recipe yet. That will change with today’s recipe that I am particularly proud of: Grain Free Orange Chocolate Cookies, sweetened with date syrup and honey. First of all: my kids absolutely love them. They are grain free and nut free (so I can pack them into my son’s lunch box for school). They can be whipped in no time with very little ingredients that might have sitting in pantry and fridge anyway.

I usually do small amounts when cooking and baking (who wants to eat the same stuff for days in row…), but these cookies have disappeared so quickly, that it is not necessary halving the recipe. Enjoy!

Print Recipe

2 cups dried coconut flakes
1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 eggs
1/4 cup date syrup (or alternatively honey)
1/4 cup honey
1 orange, zest of

Yields 20-25
Preheat oven to 180C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine coconut flakes and cocoa powder. Mix well.  In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in date syrup, honey and orange zest. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Take one tablespoon of the batter and form discs of about 1,5 inches diameter. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Or until golden brown.

If you want your cookies slightly more crispy, switch off the oven after 18-20 minutes. Flip the cookies upside down and put back into switched-off but warm oven  for another few minutes.



  1. I love your creativity in coming up with grain free recipes. The selection of dairy free is extensive as well. Anyone can blog with easy, well tested recipes that they just make a few changes to, but you take it to another level. I visit regularly and with my autoimmune disease, I am able to find healthy recipes to make that follow my diet plan! Thanks so much!

  2. Your cookies look absolutely delicious. It’s amazing how all your recipe sounds so easy to make. And I’ve made the Raspberry Sorbet – it was a great hit!

  3. Evey weekend I make some kind of granola bar for our week day snacks and this looks like it will fit the bill nicely for this weekend. Thanks.

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