Gluten Free Vegan Healthy (ish) Cardamom and Pecan Cookies

I decided to try some gluten free, low sugar baking as I am visiting friends who are gluten intolerant and did not want to arrive empty handed. I am also trying to cut down on my sugar intake so really wanted a recipe that delivered on taste but that wasnt full of refined sugars. I came across a recipe on the Ocado website  and I have tweaked it a little to include Cardamom rather than Ginger, Cardamom is one of my favourite spices and I must say they taste great! These are probably one of the healthiest cookie recipes you will find as Sweet Freedom 100% fruit syrup replaces the sugar, ground almonds replace the flour and rapeseed oil replaces the butter and they also use gluten free baking powder.

I would absolutely recommend using;

  • Farringtons Mellow Yellow Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil (I use this all the time and its great in dressing salads also)
  • Isabels Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • Sweet Freedom Dark Syrup – 100% from fruit, 25% fewer calories than sugar, low GL and GM and Gluten free.


1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 5. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

2 Sift the baking powder into a bowl.

3 Split the Cardamom pods and remove the seeds inside, ground these down with a pestle and mortar until you get a powdery consistency. Add to the bowl.

4 Add the ground almonds and chopped pecans and mix together. Make a well in the centre.

5 Pour in the oil and Sweet Freedom and mix together with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.

6 Roll a dessert spoonful of the mixture into a ball then lightly press to make a flat biscuit shape. Place on a baking sheet.

7 Repeat with the remaining mixture, leaving a little space between them on the baking sheets to allow to spread.

8 Top each one with a Pecan

7 Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Leave to cool slightly on the tray then carefully remove with a palette knife and leave them to cool completely on a cooling rack.


1 tsp gluten free baking powder

8-10 Cardamom Pods split and seeds removed and crushed.

200g ground almonds

30g pecans , chopped

50g cold pressed rapeseed oil

160g Sweet Freedom Dark

Serves 8

Total time required  32 mins

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 12 mins

I will definitely be making these cookies again and will be looking for more recipes with Sweet Freedom Syrup.

Original recipe courtesy of Ocado and can be found here; Ocado-Ginger Pecan Cookies

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1 Comment

  1. looking mighty fine there 🙂


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