Triple Orange Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Oil- and Sugar-free.

Orange Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies An Unrefined Vegan

This is it!  Today is the day…for this recipe to see the light. This post has been knocking around my Draft folder for months and it’s high time I moved it into the Published list.  I was reminded about this recipe when Celeste at Honk If You’re Vegan recently shared a yummy Orange Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  Orange and chocolate?  Classic.

BTW, Choffy (or Crio Bru) is ground cacao and it’s delicious! And you can find Lily’s Sweets stevia-sweetened chocolate chips at Whole Foods or on Amazon. I buy them in bulk!

Triple Orange Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 24
Triple the orange, triple the chocolate in these guilt-free chocolate chocolate chip cookies that have no oil and no sugar.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
130 calories
16 g
0 g
7 g
3 g
1 g
34 g
14 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/4 cup date paste
  2. 1/2 cup tahini
  3. 1/2 cup orange juice
  4. zest of 1 orange
  5. 1/4 tsp. orange oil or extract
  6. 1 Tbsp. chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp. water
  7. 1/2 cup brewed Choffy (cacao) grounds
  8. 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  9. 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  10. 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  11. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  12. 1 1/2 tsp. stevia powder
  13. pinch salt
  14. 1 cup pecans, chopped
  15. 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Lily's Sweets brand; sweetened with stevia)
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the date paste, tahini, and orange juice until smooth. Add the orange zest, orange oil, chia seed mixture, and cacao grounds.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flours, cacao powder, baking powder, stevia, and salt. With the mixer running on low, carefully add the flour mixture. This is a very thick batter, but mix until it comes together. Add the pecans and chocolate chips and pulse a few times to fully incorporate them.
  4. Roll walnut-sized pieces of dough and place on the cookie sheet. When all the dough has been used, press down the cookies using a wet glass bottom. These cookies do not spread so it's essential that they are flattened evenly. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through to ensure even baking. Let cookies cool on pans for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
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Orange Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies An Unrefined Vegan



39 thoughts on “Triple Orange Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Oil- and Sugar-free.

  1. tearoomdelights

    Mmmm, I can almost smell the orange zest. Wonderful ingredients and a delicious looking result. It’s very satisfying when you finally publish a post you’ve had on the back burner for ages. Like a good spring clean.

  2. Choc Chip Uru

    I said yes after just reading the title – what an incredible cookie recipe 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. coconutandberries

    I’m totally with you on the chocolate-orange thing. These look divine! I bet the tahini works wonderfully in them, and fab that they’re both oil and sugar free!

  4. Susan Edelman

    Ahhh, tahini! Oh, chia seeds! Very good! They look so sophisticated or something! If cookies can look sophisticated! Love ’em.

  5. Sophie33

    These cookies look just stunning & ooh so appetizing too,…Yum Yum Yummm! Being a blogger, I have 95 drafts, in my blog archives. I need to take pics of them or re-write them, etc,…:(

  6. Marfigs

    Yum! Alack, no tahini in our house at the moment, but will definitely make a plan, because I happen to have date paste with nothing planned 😀

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      You might try almond butter if you have that – – I think peanut butter might be too strong of a flavor.

      1. Marfigs

        Mmm I do indeed have almond and even macadamia nut butter, but this is an epic excuse to go food shopping tomorrow, because tahini really hits the spot for that off-beat sweet/salty vibe *angelic face*

  7. Terri Cole

    Annie, these cookies look amazing! I’ve never heard of Choffy. Any substitution ideas? (I have cacao nibs.)

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      You could try making your own – full disclaimer – though I’ve never tried it with my cacao nibs! You’d need to grind them down a bit first, then pour hot water over them and let steep for about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid for another use (or sipping) and the grounds for the recipe. I use about 5 tbsp. of Choffy to about 1 1/2 cups water. Or, you could just omit from the recipe :-).

  8. Brittany

    HA, yes I DO have drafts collecting dust. I like to keep them there in case of emergencies. These cooookiesss.. Seriously, perfect combo!

  9. The Vegan 8

    Oh, you know I love tahini! I have used it in several desserts and it really does impart a rich flavor without using oil, in fact it is better than oil because the flavor is so awesome and creamy. I love this orange and chocolate chip cookie…a wonderful combo. And yes, I have recipes coming out of my ears…it is honestly chaos, haha! I really want to try that Choffy too sometime!

  10. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I wish I had such a back log of recipes that I almost forgot about one. Must be quite the collection if you forgot about one this tasty 😉

  11. Angela @ Canned Time

    These look so chewy and chocolatey and yum!! I so love chocolate and orange with nuts.
    I think i’d need two to make sure they were good, maybe 3.
    My work schedule gets me a bunch of posts that get stuck in drafts for weeks. Some never see the light of day….some should have never seen the light.
    I’ve gotten so I give them a publish date a few months away so I don’t hit the publish button some late night by mistake when it’s just a mesh of words and bad pics….loving these cookies. Wish we were neighbors so I could drop by unexpected and you’d feel obligated to offer me one for the road, mmmmmmmmmm. Great glass BTW 😉

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Haha! Oh so true! Some of my drafts are VERY old, with very awful photos – so they will stay hidden! I also do the same thing: line up posts about a month or so out. Then I go back in and tweak a few times until I’m satisfied.

  12. Poppy

    Annie! Love, love, love this recipe, will keep it for a cheat day 😉 orange and chocolate is my favourite flavour combination. The choffy sounds interesting, could brewed cocoa sub?

    And I’m totally with you on the drafts gathering dust, and the notebooks, and the random scraps of paper and the thousand photos for editing!!

  13. Becky Striepe

    These are gorgeous as usual! And yes, totally. I have a dusty to do list, but same idea. Such a backlog!

  14. celestedimilla

    I haven’t had much luck with sugar-free cookies Annie, but every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has turned out amazing. Guess I’ll have to give this one a try. Celeste 🙂

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I hear ya, Celeste. Sugar DOES do something (good) to the texture of baked goods. For me, over time, I’ve come to enjoy sugar-less treats, but it was difficult for a while.

  15. annesturetucker

    Chocolate, tahini, orange and dates – Yum! What a great combination – I bet it’s pure magic! 🙂

  16. Liane

    Hmm these sound good 🙂 and yes… YES I do have recipes lurking around in the draft folder. More than 70 actually 🙂 all piled up while travelling, and over the holidays… as much back as October 2013. So yeah. I should get to that^^

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  18. * Vegan Sparkles *

    Ooh, the Choc-Orange combo in a cookie! Yummo! I’m very glad you dusted this one off and brought it out of the drafts folder, Annie. I’m hugely intrigued by this ‘Choffy’ you mention – I need to investigate Australian or DIY alternatives – sounds like a delicious adventure. 🙂 x

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  21. Maureen

    Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite combinations, and one of my mom’s as well. Maybe I’ll bake these for Mother’s Day. They are sure to be a hit. Thanks for the delicious post!

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