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December 17, 2018

by Alyssa

Flourless Spicy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

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These flourless chocolate hazelnut cookies are a delicious sweet treat, packed with nutritious ingredients. Made without gluten, dairy, flour, or oil too!

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Whenever I share my recipe for homemade nutella, it goes crazy. That combo – chocolate and hazelnut – is a flavor that everyone loves. And I get it! Hazelnuts have this amazing flavor that is incredibly unique and pairs very well with chocolate. They're somewhat sweet with a rich nutty undertone. The two are really a match made in heaven!

But to be honest, hazelnuts aren't something I use often. So I wanted to create a recipe that reminded me of nutella, but came in cookie form.

And I settled on these: flourless chocolate hazelnut cookies with a spicy little twist!

How to make Hazelnut Cookies

How to make Flourless Cookies

The key to making these healthy chocolate cookies is your food processor. While you might be able to buy hazelnut flour (I know that Bob's Red Mill sells it), I personally like to grind my own.

I find that the texture of these cookies is a little richer and more flavorful when you opt for fresh hazelnuts instead of flour.

So how do we make them? We simply grind up our hazelnuts, with our coconut sugar and cacao powder until we've got a sandy, almost flour like texture. Then mix in your other ingredients, form them into cookies and bake them up!

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Healthy Chocolate & Cherry Cookies

Interestingly enough, the inspiration for this recipe actually came through a delicious bar of chocolate. Sipping on my nightly Mint Magic tea, eating a tiny square of Chills & Cherries from Chocolove, it hit me. This should be a cookie.

My mind immediately jumped to an almond flour base, but we have a lot of readers with almond allergies, so I wanted to create something a little bit different. And what goes better with chocolate, chills, and cherries than hazelnuts? Mmm, not much!

So hazelnuts it is. And so I present to you my very own hazelnut meal spicy chocolate cookies. These little bites of goodness are sweet, healthy and make a fabulous gift as well!

Happy baking ❤️

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Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

These flourless chocolate hazelnut cookies are sweet, but with a spicy kick! They're also gluten-free, dairy-free, and oil-free too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 165kcal
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  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Add the hazelnuts, coconut sugar and cacao into a food processor. Process on high until a sandy texture has formed. Transfer mixture to a bowl.
  • To the bowl, add the cherries, coconut, cayenne and salt. Stir it with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the egg and syrup, and fold the wet ingredients into the hazelnut spice mixture until you have a soft, gooey dough.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, spoon the batter into balls and form into cookies with your hands. You want your cookies to be roughly 1/2" thick. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat until you've used all the dough.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 10 - 12 minutes until somewhat firm. Be careful not to overcook these, the hazelnuts seem to bake quickly.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely, then drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with coconut.



Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg


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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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    • We have only tried this recipe as it is written, but if you try making these with a flax egg, let us know how it works out 🙂

  1. What would be the equivalent for the hazelnuts if I wanted to substitute almond flour as I have a ton of it right now – Bob’s Red Mill.

  2. […] Flourless Spicy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies […]

  3. Hi Alyssa,
    These cookies look fantastic! I love what you did with my panna cotta. I’m definitely going to have to try these. Decadent and healthy….it’s a win win!

    • Thank you! I love your site and you have such amazing recipes. I went through the Clean Program last fall and your site was a huge source of inspiration. Keep up the awesome work! xo Alyssa


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