Vegan Oil-free Chocolate-Ginger-Orange Cookies

Oil-free Chocolate Ginger Orange Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan

Oil-free Chocolate Ginger Orange Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan

There are certain recipes that just demand to be made. The combination of flavors, maybe a new technique or an unfamiliar ingredient or a different take on an old favorite. All I know is, when a recipe speaks to me, I make it. The original for these cookies was just such a recipe. It didn’t just speak to me, it yelled. Based on Averil’s Mocha-Chocolate-Chunk-Oatmeal Cookies with Candied Ginger (I mean, the name alone!), I veganized and modified it to suit my tastes and what I had on hand. If you haven’t met Averil yet, check out her blog, The Cook, The Baker and The Clay Boy Maker and get acquainted. She shares some very inspired and original recipes. (Update: looks like Averil last posted in 2013.)

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Oil-free Chocolate Ginger Orange Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan


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Vegan Oil-free Chocolate-Ginger-Orange Cookies

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  • Author: Annie
  • Yield: 9 1x


These healthy cookies sing with spicy, sweet, rich flavor!


  • 1 1/4 cups quick oats (not instant)
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup ground cacao
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup date puree
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp. water (whisk together, then let sit for a few minutes to thicken)
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped + more for topping cookies
  • 1 Tbsp. cacao nibs, optional, for topping cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F and line two baking pans with parchment.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, ground cacao, baking soda, salt, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice and ground ginger. Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl, whisk together the water, date puree, tahini, coffee, coconut sugar and flaxseed meal mixture. Set aside.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the crystallized ginger and stir until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  5. Using a wet spoon drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the pans. Press cookies down using the back of the spoon or your fingers. Sprinkle each cookie with a combination of the extra crystallized ginger and the cacao nibs. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, turning pans halfway through for even baking.
  6. Let cookies rest on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.


  • Makes 9 large cookies or about 15 small cookies.


Oil-free Chocolate Ginger Orange Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan

Oil-free Chocolate Ginger Orange Cookies by An Unrefined Vegan


35 thoughts on “Vegan Oil-free Chocolate-Ginger-Orange Cookies

  1. tearoomdelights

    Reblogged this on Lorna's Tearoom Delights and commented:
    Annie from anunrefinedvegan is hosting a potluck that any fellow bloggers can join in with on 12 May. If you haven’t signed up yet, why not have a look at this and see if it takes your fancy. I think it’s a great idea and Annie’s done a wonderful job of co-ordinating it all. Come on in, the more the merrier!

  2. keepinitkind

    Candied Ginger is my kryptonite. If I could actually keep it in my house long enough to make something with it, this would be the first thing I made! Thank you for turning me on to The Cook, The Baker, The Clay Boy Maker- what a lovely blog!

  3. Averil

    Annie, what a fabulous recipe. I’m tempted to try out your version, they look great. And a Big Thank You for all your lovely comments… here’s a Big Blog Hug coming your way 🙂

      1. Averil

        Annie I honestly wanted to but you had a deadline and I’m travelling at the moment. Won’t be back in my haven till the middle of May… extend, extend and I shall sign up for sure 🙂

      2. An Unrefined Vegan

        Oh dear…so you are away right now – no time to create a post prior to May 12 and schedule it to run? Since I have almost 60 people now signed on, I don’t think I can now switch the date. I’m so sorry! But – I have a good feeling that we may all be doing this again!

  4. thingsmybellylikes

    Oh these look incredible, I’m a sucker for anything ginger (goes with the hair colour)
    P.S I’m so excited about the virtual potluck and, unlike potlucks in the real world, I don’t have to worry about disgracing myself by going back for seconds 🙂

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