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15 February, 2014

cashew pistachio cookies (gluten-free and vegan)- the minimalist’s choice

Comments : 20 Posted in : Eggless cookies, Gluten free baking, Indian sweets, snack on by : apsara Tags: , , , , , ,


I do have minimalist ideas often, but this would be a dream come true for a health-conscious baker and a minimalist- making a cookie with just 2 ingredients. Well, here’s a recipe for one, with only nuts and raw sugar. I’m not counting water as an ingredient πŸ™‚ I know you’re thinking “this girl has gone nuts!”

Nutrition experts believe that it is best to consume nuts after “activating” them or soaking them in water for a while. This removes the phytates and tannins which are considered anti-nutrients. The water used for soaking needs to be discarded after that. So, that’s how I prepared the nuts for the cookies.

Sharing this at VVLP 16 at Anne’s blog An Unrefined Vegan.

Preparation time: 4 hours to soak, 10 minutes to prep and 18 minutes to bake. This makes about 18 small cookies.


whole raw cashews- 1/2 cup

raw pistachios- 1/2 cup

powdered raw sugar- 1/4 cup



1. Soak cashews and pistachios in water for at least 4 hours.Β Drain water and grind the nuts in a blender along with the powdered sugar without adding any water. It will not grind into a fine paste, but the partially ground nuts in the mix give a nice crunchy texture.


2. Preheat oven to 350 Β°F.

3. Roll the nut mixture into small balls with hands and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten into discs.


4. Bake for 18 minutes. Bake for a 2-3 minutes more if you want very crisp cookies. Cool on a wire rack.


* If you need to add water to grind the nuts, the dough will be sticky. Some cornstarch/ tapioca starch may be added to make it firmer.

* Any mixture of nuts could be used with this recipe. If raw sugar is not available, brown sugar or confectioner’s sugar would work.

* Cardamom powder can be added for flavor.

Related post:Β http://eatingwelldiary.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/gluten-free-maple-millet-press-cookies/


20 thoughts on : cashew pistachio cookies (gluten-free and vegan)- the minimalist’s choice

    • February 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      oh thanks, Sonal. You won’t believe it, this was an accidental discovery in my attempt to make baked kaju katli! I think it tastes like it too.

  • February 16, 2014 at 12:18 am

    you are right Apsara. This recipe is like baked kaju pista katli… resrving it for special occassions!!

    • February 16, 2014 at 1:16 am

      yes. Pistachios are expensive too, another reason it has to be occasional πŸ™‚

  • February 16, 2014 at 1:22 am

    What an interesting cookie recipe. My mother-in-law loves pistachios, so I think I’m gonna make these for her for her upcoming birthday. Celeste πŸ™‚

    • February 16, 2014 at 1:24 am

      sure, Celeste. Let me know how she likes it!

    • February 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

      thanks πŸ™‚

  • February 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    They look very scrumptious, Apsara! My MIL always sends me pistachios and my mom always sends me cashews. And I’m a spoiled brat because I sometimes take them for granted and leave them to go rancid. Well, not anymore now with your recipe, so thank you! πŸ™‚

    • February 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      thank you, dear!

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    • April 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

      thank you for visiting!

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