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Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {oil-free, GF}

Soft and cakey vegan cassava flour applesauce cookies! A cinch to make, they are vegan, Paleo, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and only 36 calories each!
Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {5 ingredients, vegan, paleo, oil-free}

New Year, New (Healthy!) Cookies

December is inarguably all about cookies. But January needs cookies, too.

January cookies need to be comforting, uncomplicated, and not-too-sweet. They should be healthy, yes, but still fall squarely in the realm of cookies, not health food.

My 5-Ingredient Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies fit the bill!

Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {5 ingredients, vegan, paleo, oil-free}

Recipe Benefits

Soft and cakey, these applesauce cookies are at once both old-fashioned and new-fangled (cassava flour). They are also:

  • Vegan (egg-free & dairy-free}
  • Paleo
  • Oil-free
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Low-carb & low-sugar
  • Fast & easy to prepare
  • Only 36 calories per cookie

Cassava flour is the only unusual ingredient. I am still getting the hang of it in my various kitchen experiments, but so far, I love it. It is a naturally grain-free and gluten-free flour made from the whole cassava root, which has been peeled, dried and ground into a fine powder.

Ingredients for the Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Cassava Flour Measurements Vary by Brand

Cassava flour has one issue that needs addressing: measurement.  

Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {5 ingredients, vegan, paleo, oil-free}

In a medium bowl, whisk together unsweetened applesauce, creamy nut butter (e.g., cashew, almond, peanut), and coconut sugar until blended and smooth.

In a medium bowl, whisk together unsweetened applesauce, creamy nut butter (e.g., cashew, almond, peanut), and coconut sugar until blended and smooth.

Hence, for my cassava flour recipes, I am choosing the middle ground:

  • 1/4 cup of cassava flour is 32 grams
  • If using a cup measure, do not fill (anywhere close) to the top of the cup! 
  • For greatest accuracy, use a small digital kitchen scale to measure

Step by Step Instructions

Now, back to this (otherwise) super-easy recipe!

Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Sheet

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step Two: Whisk the Wet Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together unsweetened applesauce, creamy nut butter (e.g., cashew, almond, peanut), and coconut sugar until blended and smooth.

Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {5 ingredients, vegan, paleo, oil-free}

Step Three: Add the Dry Ingredients

Stir in the cassava flour and baking powder until blended. You can also add 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, if you like.

The cookie dough will be fluffy, not stiff.

Step Four: Scoop the Dough

Using a small cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon measure, scoop the dough onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. You should get a yield of 13 cookies.

scoops of cassava flour applesauce cookie dough on parchment

Step Five: Bake

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 11 to 12 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers.

Let the cookies remain on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes (they will continue to firm up) before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

FAQ

Storage for the Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

What is the Best Way to Measure Cassava Flour?

Cassava flour can be difficult to measure (and standards for 1/4 cup vary from 30 to 35 g, depending on the brand). Additionally, 30 to 35 grams does not fill a 1/4 cup measure. Here are the measurements I use: (1) 1/4 cup of cassava flour is 32 grams (128 g per cup); (2) If using a cup measure, do not fill (anywhere close) to the top of the cup! (3) For greatest accuracy, use a small digital kitchen scale to measure.

Yield: 13 cookies

Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {easy, oil-free}

Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies {easy, oil-free}

Soft and cakey vegan cassava flour applesauce cookies! A cinch to make, they are vegan, Paleo, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and only 36 calories each!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons (32 g) creamy nut butter (e.g., cashew, almond or peanut)
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 43 g cassava flour (about 1/3 cup, not filled to top of cup; see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • optional: 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the applesauce, nut butter and coconut sugar until blended and smooth. Add the cassava flour, baking powder, and (optional) salt, stirring until blended into a fluffy cookie dough.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or rounded tablespoons, scoop the dough onto the prepared sheet in 13 equal portions (space about 2 inches apart).
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 11 to 12 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Store the cookies in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

How to measure cassava flour: Cassava flour can be difficult to measure (and standards for 1/4 cup vary from 30 to 35 g, depending on the brand). Additionally, 30 to 35 grams does not fill a 1/4 cup measure. Here are the measurements I use: (1) 1/4 cup of cassava flour is 32 grams (128 g per cup); (2) If using a cup measure, do not fill (anywhere close) to the top of the cup! (3) For greatest accuracy, use a small digital kitchen scale to measure.

Nutrition Information

Yield

13

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 36Total Fat 1.2gSaturated Fat 0.1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 26.6mgCarbohydrates 6.2gFiber 0.5gSugar 3gProtein 0.6g

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Gemma

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Hi! Sounds amazing! Is there a way to make these nut-free? Thanks!

justine

Monday 19th of April 2021

Thank you for this recipe. I am always looking for a recipe that has less fat, yet a cookie that is moist enough to eat and enjoy. Speaking of enjoy: the joy of eating a cookie without a ton of calories! This recipe is it. GF and Vegan too! Added GF sprinkles, pumpkin pie spice, some date sugar (for the sugar), with a dash of maple extract with same vanilla. Secret ingredient is a dash of cumin! Chewy and delish...I am glad I doubled the recipe as the 2 of us will polish these off quickly.

Camilla

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

That's wonderful, Justine! I am always a sucker for old-fashioned, simple cookies, too (these do not last at our house, either :))

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