Hazlenut Coconut Cookies (Sugar-Free)

I know, I know…I’m doing a sugar detox this month. How original. Whatever. But I was craving sugar like something fierce so I decided to make some cookies! Without the sugar. Boom. Cookies!!!


And you know what? Vanilla and cinnamon and creamy coconut butter are AH-MAZING together. You don’t even need sweetener and I find myself wondering why I felt the need to put so much honey in my other recipes. Actually…I find myself wondering why I ever feel the need to put so much honey or maple syrup or palm sugar in a lot of the things I’ve made. There is most certainly a place for sweeteners in cooking (we all know how much I lovelovelove a sweet treat every now and then), but damn…we don’t have to sweeten friggin everything. Have you seen Triple D lately? There’s sugar in gravy, there’s sugar on bacon, there’s sugar on steak! I mean, WTF?? No wonder we’re all addicts…and I’m in the midst of a very real Low-Carb-Flu to prove it.

Thankfully these hit the spot while still being completely sugar free. Just hoping my body doesn’t figure it out anytime soon. If you’re not doing a detox, you can add 1/3 c maple syrup and whatever other goodies you want (chocolate chips, anyone?).  I made my original batch with almond meal and walnuts, but then I did another one that was hazlenut flour-based and had pecans instead of walnuts as the secondary nut…OMFG.  If you can find it, I highly recommend using hazlenut flour–or just make your own like I did in a food processor.    But any combination of nuts and nut flours will work…go nuts!

PS…I finally gave in.  



2 c Hazlenut Meal

1 t Baking Soda

1 c Pecans, ground in a food processor

1/2 c Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

1/2 c Ground Flax

1 t Cinnamon

2 Eggs

1 t Vanilla

1/2 c Coconut Oil

1/2 c Coconut Butter


Mix together the wet ingredients. Then Combine the dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. Add to the wet mixture by spoonfuls, beating until smooth. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes, until lightly browned on top. These are best eaten piping hot from the oven!!

Makes 16 large cookies.

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16 thoughts on “Hazlenut Coconut Cookies (Sugar-Free)

  1. Anna

    Thank you for posting this, what a cool idea! And finally! I can’t handle any amount of sugar or honey in baked goods and it never occurred to me that you could make cookies without any of it. These sound great and I will be trying them for sure.

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  3. Katherine

    I’m on Day 11 of 21DSD. Yesterday, a kind/cruel soul left a box of Whole Foods oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in our school kitchen. I couldn’t resist- I opened them up, leaned in close, and inhaled deeply. They smelled like heaven! I’ve been craving a sweet ever since and I think these will be the ticket. Thanks so much for posting!

    1. Katherine

      Ok, I made these last night, subbing almond flour for the coveted hazelnut. My first bite was kind of sad because my brain has sweet and sugary expectations of what a cookie should taste like. However, I am enjoying them more and more as I take a pinch here and there. My best revelation, though? I put 2 in a cereal bowl and covered them with heavy cream. It was the best bowl of cereal I’ve had in ages! A multii-purposed cookie- great stuff!

      1. tgipaleo Post author

        If I wasn’t on the detox, I’d add 1/2 cup of apple syrup or honey instead of he coconut butter. But cookie cereal? I’m sold!!

  4. Marie

    Thank you for the inspiration to try making cookies without the ADDED sweetness! I was quite a sugar-addict and had to TOTALLY cut it (including natural sweetners with sugars in them…) out about 3 years ago or I’d crave it to much. I feel SO much better. But, I have become a stevia addict as I’m still in search of that “sweet” taste. I really should try your recipe without stevia, too! Keep up your detox… You’ll sure be glad you did! And I’ve gotta try to cut down on this stevia! :)

    1. tgipaleo Post author

      haha totally! the nice thing is that the nuts and coconut have such a nice natural sweetness that it hits the spot without sabotaging any of your efforts :-)

  5. Suzanne Drysdale

    OMFG—I was about to take a nap, but I think I’ve got to go out and get some hazelnuts so I can make these cookies pronto!!!

    I’ll have a fresh cup of Sumatran ready when I pop one into my mouth, fresh from the oven!

    Thanks for your inspiration!


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  6. jj

    This is AMAZING! I can’t eat artificial sweetener (even stevia), so having a cookie with no sweeteners whatsoever is the best!

  7. Andria

    I just pulled these out of the oven and they completely fell apart. Terrible. We were super excited too. Oh well. I will crumble them and sprinkle on top of plain yogurt.

  8. steph

    Hi, probably a stupid question but when you say 1t vanilla or 1t cinnoman is that 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon. thanks.

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  10. Jenna

    Made these last night with a few minor tweaks…AMAZING!! I only had a scant 1/4 cup of homemade coconut butter so I cut the recipe in half, used almond meal and chopped pecans. I also added a green tipped banana. Made 12 delicious cookies!!


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