Dark Chocolate Tigernut Cookies

May 6, 2017

Dark Chocolate Tigernut Cookies by Faring Well #vegan #glutenfree

I’ve been loving your contest entries for the Kale & Caramel Cookbook giveaway from this past week’s post! Keep ’em coming and be sure to enter if you haven’t yet. As for these cookies, I’ve been holding onto this recipe, teasing you on Instagram for a few week’s now. I’ll dive into why this snack has caught my attention first, but then it’s onto telling you about Scott’s birthday surprise (!!!). Okay. These cookies. If you’ve been following for a while you know I’ve fallen in love with tigernut flour. It isn’t nut or grain, so this makes all the paleo and gluten free folks super happy. It’s actually a mineral and fiber rich root vegetable, and when ground the flour resembles something between almond meal and hazelnut flour. It contains half the fat of nuts and twice the fiber, big time happy about that over here. I’ve made three sweeter versions of snack bites using this flour for Scott in the past, but it was time to make a “Jessie friendly” snack using this stellar ingredient too.

What is “Jessie friendly”? It is low sugar, high fiber, medium fat, and free of the laundry list of “sensitive” foods I’ve been avoiding since my food sensitivity test last fall (I won’t bore you with the long list). These bites are called dark chocolate because they are heavy on the chocolate, lighter on the sweetness. For someone like me who hasn’t had processed sugar in two years, and has been eating a low level of even natural sugars – these are positively sweet. To my husband Scott who indulges in sweets whenever he gets the opportunity, there is little to no sweetness detected by his unacclimated taste buds. So use this as a word of caution for those of you wishing to make this recipe – and if you need more sweetness, substitute the water with maple syrup instead and you should be golden.

I’ve been enjoying these for an afternoon snack pretty often lately, when I need that afternoon “boost”. I’ve also made batches “protein style” (see recipe notes) for a post workout snack in the AM too. They even traveled well on the plane to my workshop last week, even though they are best when cold from the fridge. Sometimes I just want one before I head out to run errands, and I’ll spoon some nut butter on top like I did in the picture above. A few bites later and I’m on the car and the hanger has vanished. I hope if you make these cookies you find them to be the perfect snack to have on hand in the fridge all week. I’ll for sure have a batch in my suitcase on our way to Austin TX next week – so lets chat about that real quick!

WE ARE GOING TO AUSTIN. I am so excited. Scott and I have been talking about visiting Texas, specifically this city, for a few years now but it was never in the budget. Seeing our dwindling bank account over the past few months, with little to no “fun money” set aside for the near future, Scott was anticipating nothing more than a night of pizza ordering and Hockey watching for his 30th birthday. The sweetest part? He was completely content with this, and actually seemed excited by the meager prospect of his birthday night. Little did he know a few months ago I began work on a special project for his thirtieth, and thanks to his wonderful boss and our generous parents, my little dream became real. I surprised Scott this last weekend with the gift of an entire week off from work plus a trip to Austin for four days. Walking, hanging, biking, relaxing, sipping all the good coffee, and eating all the good food Austin can dish at us. It can be hard to draw lines between work and your personal life when your office is at home, so being anywhere but here is a necessity for relaxation at the moment. I couldn’t imagine a better place than Austin to kick it in, and luckily Scott felt the same. After quite a bit of convincing that I wasn’t pulling his leg, tears were shed over genuine smiles, and we are both ecstatic to board our plane Monday morning – woot woot!

I’ll try to share some of our fun on Instagram stories, but my man’s word rules – so if he says no phone, there will be no phone ;). But hang in there either way, because I’ll be sure to share some of our fun with you here in my next post after the trip! Thank you for always be so loving and supportive of me in this space, I genuinely appreciate it tons and hope you have the most joy filled weekend, ever. – xx

Dark Chocolate Tigernut Cookies by Faring Well #vegan #glutenfree Dark Chocolate Tigernut Cookies by Faring Well #vegan #glutenfree

Makes about 10 cookies.

1 cup tigernut flour (see note)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup sprouted sunflower seeds
pinch of pink salt
dash of ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground vanilla bean seeds
1/4 cup dried mulberries, soaked 4 hours
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

Combine the tigernut flour, cacao powder, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor and blend until they become a semi-fine flour.

Scoop the soaked mulberries out of their soaking liquid with your fingers and add to the processor bowl (save the liquid). Add the coconut oil as well (solid is fine). Process until well blended, about 20 seconds.

While still blending, remove the stopper from the small opening in the lid and drizzle in 1 tablespoon of the mulberries’ soaking liquid. Once the mixture becomes a swirling sticky ball, stop the processor. If it doesn’t form a ball and remains dry, add a second tablespoon of the soaking liquid.

Once finished, scoop out rounded spoonful of the dough using a cookie scoop and place on a parchment lined sheet (or flat plate). There should be 10 cookies. Place a small square of parchment on top of each cookie ball and press flat using the bottom of a cup. Place the sheet or plate in the fridge for an hour to set, then transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready for snacking! Eat as is, or top with a spoonful of your favorite nut/seed butter for a filing snack.

NOTE: Make these protein-style by reducing the amount of tigernut flour to 3/4 cup and adding in 1/4 cup of your favorite protein blend. A simple hemp protein powder will leave you with a more chocolatey taste, where as a vanilla based one will overpower it a bit – make sure to leave out the ground vanilla beans if using a flavored powder. Don’t have tigernut flour? While almond or hazelnut flour will work as well, I recommend getting you hand on a bag of this wonderful stuff.

UPDATE: Want to make my low-lectin + protein version of these that I am loving? Replace 1/4 cup of the tigernut flour with a pure hemp protein powder; replace the sunflower seeds with ground flax seeds (flax meal); leave out the coconut oil, and instead add more of the mulberry soaking liquid until it gathers together into a ball. Follow all other instructions as normal.

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  • Reply Jayne May 6, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I have been waiting FOREVER for you to post this recipe. I can’t wait to make these. I’m glad you enjoyed your photography trip and the surprise trip to Austin sounds wonderful. Have a great time!!

    • Reply Faring Well May 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Aw yay! I hope you love them as much as I do Jayne, thanks for your sweet comment!

  • Reply Karlie May 6, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I can’t wait to make these Jessie! <3 Have the most amazing time in Austin – it's a place I've been wanting to visit as well, so I can't wait to hear all about it. You are so sweet with Scott it warms my heart. Happy Saturday!

    • Reply Faring Well May 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

      This comment warmed my heart, Karlie <3 you are just too wonderful. Thank you so much, I can't wait to share our adventures and hope you get to go visit sometime too! It seems like such a fun town :).

  • Reply Amanda May 6, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Happy 30th to Scott! You two are going to have so much fun in Austin. Aaron and I had the best time hiking, exploring, and EATING (tacos tacos tacos, with tons of ice cream too!). There is some really cool mid-century modern architecture, and we loved the Zilker and Bouldin Creek neighborhoods (check out the Bouldin Creek Cafe and Dolce Neve!). Also, Taco Deli—we were obsessed with their papadulce taco. <3

    • Reply Faring Well May 7, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Aw thank you Amanda! We will be sure to do that all, tacos + ice cream + hiking, will I ever leave ;). You guys hit all the good spots on your road trip, so you would know! Hope you two are doing so well girl, xx.

  • Reply Roshni May 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I’m from Texas, so I have a deep, deep love for Austin! I’m sure you’ve done lots of food research, but some of my favorite places are Torchy’s (get the fried avocado and the independent taco!), Kerbey Lane Cafe (for a big breakfast), and Frank (for the best – and classiest – vegan hot dog you’ll ever have). Also, there’s nothing quite like sitting at the top of Mount Bonnell at sunset.

    • Reply Faring Well May 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

      You are so great! Thank you for dropping this tips to me Roshni. We will accept all that anyone has to offer, my list is always growing and I love it – seems like an AMAZING town and state girl.

      • Reply Faring Well May 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

        Ps. That hike at sunset is so happening <3

  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) May 7, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    ahh hope you guys have an amazing time in austin!! i went last summer, and it was a bit toasty, so hopefully you guys don’t get too much of that. and ooh, mulberries! i’ve never used them for anything besides a few in hot water with lemon when i want something cozy and lightly sweet, but it sounds like such a good idea to whiz them up into these cookies.

    • Reply Faring Well May 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you Heather! We had such a great time! It was warm, but totally what we were craving ;). Love your idea of using mulberries in a cozy drink, love them all sorts of ways – they are so caramel-y and delicious.

  • Reply Casey the College Celiac May 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I need to get my hands on some tigernut flour! These sound absolutely delicious and I love how tummy-friendly they are too!

    • Reply Faring Well May 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Aw yes! You need to! And thank you Casey, cheers to happy tummies <3.

  • Reply Sil May 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

    New ingredient in my pantry! thanks for the recipe, will bake these babies soon :) One of my best friends lives in Austin, I have so much fun every time I visit her, all of the girls suggestions are awesome places, there are tons of thing to do. Last time we went to the McKinney Falls State Park, not too crowded. Also, kayaking in the lake is fun or paddleboarding if you dare (I stick to kayaks haha) aaanndd you gotta visit Summer Moon Coffee Bar, it serves wood-fired coffee :)
    Relax, enjoy and have fun! <3

    • Reply Faring Well May 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Yay for stocking up on tigernut flour! And thank you about Austin too, I loved all of your tips! We had such a blast but need to go back to do so much more, that city is just full of adventure + fun. XX

  • Reply Kathryn Stouffer May 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    is there an alternative for the mulberries, or are these the best sweetener? don’t have these on hand :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Kathryn! You can absolutely use raisins or dates, I used dried figs this past week too and loved them!

  • Reply Emily May 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Just used your link to order tigernut flour- yahoo! also just tried mulberries for the first time and my kids love them! Gonna make these cookies soon. Loved the part when you wrote about how you find these sweet and Scott doesn’t. That was totally us some years ago! Ha! Ryan’s taste buds have changed now though, and whenever I doubt if something is sweet enough, he always assures me that it is. Funny how our tastes adjust to our diet. Have so much fun in Austin- so happy for you and Scott. xo

    • Reply Faring Well May 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Aw Emily! You are a true friend, girl, I appreciate you! That is too funny about you and Ryan’s taste buds. I hope Scott comes down to my level sometime ;). And thank you about Austin, it was such a treat and an adventure. We loved it tons! Hope you and your family are having the best weekend <3.

  • Reply Shelley May 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    This recipe – finally, yes!! So intrigued by tigernut flour, and can’t wait to give these a go. I’m a bit far behind on blog posts lately, but I totally admire and love that you’re doing with this space – and the shift from sponsored content is so brave. Go get em girl! Also, Austin! What a fabulously fun birthday surprise. Enjoy every minute and be sure to report back on all the best spots after. xx

    • Reply Faring Well May 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Shelley! Sheesh! Thank you. I crazy appreciate your love and support. This note from you put a smile on my face <3. Annndddd Austin is so rad! I'll have to put together a list soon to share, although I think we need another two or three trips to experience it all. That town is jam packed! Hope you are doing really well girl, xx.

  • Reply Sus // roughmeasures.com May 17, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Jessie you are so sweet to organise him such a lovely trip. He is lucky to have such a babe <3 I haven't seen tigernut flour in the UK near me yet, but am going to hunt some out because I NEED to make these.
    I am also on a restricted diet at the moment due to some health issues and advice from medicals after some tests, I can't have anything sweet or any starchy carbs (inc oats, bread, sweet potatoes… the list goes on!)
    I hope you both had an awesome time in Austin! xxx

    • Reply Faring Well May 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Sus, but I swear he is the sweet one! :) I hope you can find some tigernut flour, it is the dream for those like us with all the tummy issues! Hoping you do well with this new elimination diet and heal up fast girl. Your comments always make me smile and I appreciate you! Ps. We had such a wonderful time, thank you tons and tons! <3

  • Reply Julia November 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Hi there

    Just wanted to make your cookies and i saw that they are not beeing baked: just wanted to confirm thats correct.

    Thanks a ton, julia

    • Reply Faring Well November 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Hi Julia! Yes that is correct, these are no-bake cookies :).

  • Reply alexandra January 13, 2018 at 10:39 am

    just made them without vanilla; and like them; I want to try peanut butter /almond butter instead of the sunflower seeds ;
    good way to use up mulberries and tiger nut flour that was a purchase mistake.

    • Reply Faring Well January 15, 2018 at 8:50 am

      I’m glad you liked them Alexandra! <3

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