Roz Purcell’s Healthy Vegan Jaffa Cookies

Roz Purcell sent us the following fabulous vegan recipe for healthy Jaffa cookies and we can’t wait to share it with you. We’re always making a stash of snacks like these to help us with our healthy eating habits. If you’ve got healthy treats, you’re not going to turn to anything compromising! Here’s the recipe…

In Roz’s words…

I wanted to make sure this recipe was as easy as can be. Baking should be enjoyable and relaxing and there is nothing worse than lots of steps to follow in a method. These cookies can be whipped up in under 30 mins and that includes the prep, although the washing up is all yours 🙂 The cookies last 7 days, once kept in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • 200g mixed raw nuts, e.g. half hazelnuts and half Brazil nuts (or almonds work here too instead of Brazil nuts)
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
  • A pinch of sea salt


  • 50g dark/vegan chocolate, melted
  • Zest of 1/2 an orange (large cut)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray.
  • In a food processor, add the nuts and process until broken down into a thick flour consistency with tiny shards of nut still visible.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients for the cookies and pulse on medium to combine into a thick mixture. The coconut oil should spread out evenly even though it’s not melted.
  • Using a tablespoon, spoon out a portion of mixture and roll into a ball using your hands, place on your lined baking tray and press down into a cookie shape approximately 0.75 cm in height. Your palms will get a tiny bit sticky here but nothing too bad!
  • Continue this process until all the mixture is used, you should aim to make 8 cookies.
  • Bake in the oven for 17 minutes, until the edges are firm and slightly crispy. While baking, prepare your topping by melting your dark chocolate and zesting your orange.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before lifting carefully off the tray and drizzling with the melted dark chocolate and finishing with a sprinkling of zest.

Thanks Roz! We can’t wait to give these cookies a try.

For more from Roz, check out her website, Natural Born Feeder, here.


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