This gluten-free and vegan pistachio cookies recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam inspires others with her passion for creating healthy and delicious recipes on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner so I wanted to share this recipe for pistachio cookies to help you celebrate. There’s no artificial food coloring in these treats, just some naturally green ingredients like pistachios and moringa powder. Share these delicious, nutrient-packed cookies with your family and friends for the Irish holiday, or make a batch to enjoy at home any day of the year.
There’s no baking involved in this recipe, and the cookies are loaded with healthy ingredients. The cookie part is made primarily from pistachios, for a boost of protein, good fats, antioxidants and iron. The mild nutty flavor of pistachios coupled with shredded coconut and rolled oats creates a satisfying treat with extra fiber. The combination of pistachios and rolled oats compensates for the lack of wheat flour, and keeps the recipe gluten-free. You also won’t need eggs or butter, so the recipe is perfect for vegan and dairy-free diets. These aren’t your traditional grain-based cookies, but they’re nourishing and delicious.
To play up the green color, I added a tablespoon of moringa powder to the recipe. Moringa is an energizing superfood that comes from the nutrient-rich leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree. It’s a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids the body needs, and it’s packed with antioxidants that have been recognized for their anti-aging effects. A powerhouse of many nutrients, like calcium and iron, moringa provides a major health boost to smoothies, yogurt, salad dressing, raw desserts, and recipes like this one.
Raw cashews and almond butter lend a smooth and creamy consistency to the cookie sandwich filling, not to mention extra nutty nutrients. Coconut oil works exceptionally well as a substitute for butter and heavy whipping cream, and is considered a healthy fat that the body can easily convert into energy. You can prepare the filling while the cookies firm up in the freezer, so that you’ll be ready to assemble your delicious cookie sandwiches once they set.
These no-bake pistachio cookies are a healthier way to satisfy your dessert craving. Whip up a batch for your St. Paddy’s Day celebration or just have them on-hand for a sweet snack. Enjoy the recipe!