Jaffa Cookies

jaffa cookies

I think I must have been around three years old when he moved next door. From what I have heard we pretty much became best friends as soon as we said hello. We stayed that way until distance was placed between us in our late teens. Although we seldom talk and it is always years between seeing each other, I often think how lovely it would be to sit beside him on the couch and chat about the day to day things, to have him make me feel that everything is ok. He is one of those exceptional friends who love you unconditionally, who only see your good points. Who sees beauty where you see flaws, who sees everything better then you can see it yourself.

He is also the worlds best chocolate chip cookie maker. I dare not imagine how many of those things he has consumed in his lifetime. He is also the man who introduced me to those delicious dark chocolate oranges you buy from the supermarket (or at least you could fifteen years ago). Consequently this recipe made me think of him, I don’t know that he would like it, but I think he should visit and try them out.

Jaffa Cookies

12 medjool dates, seeds removed

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup cacao or cocoa

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

zest of one – two oranges (I like two)

pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie tray with baking paper.

Place the ingredients into your blender or food processor, blend until smooth and well combined.

Using damp hands shape the mixture into cookies. Thinner cookies will be more crunchy, thicker cookies will be chewy inside. We like ours somewhere in between.

Bake for 12 – 14 minutes.

Allow to cool. Eat and enjoy!

  • Pam

    I accidentally bought macadamia nuts instead of cashews. (I was going by memory) do you think those would work?

    • I think they will be perfect!! I hope you enjoy the cookies.

  • Selma Skender

    Love your blog!
    I am new to whole food, and I made these on the weekend. They seem a bit sticky on the outside… is that what they are meant to feel like? I am just wondering if I baked them long enough. Thoughts?

    • Hi Selma, thank you. No ours are not sticky so I would certainly try baking them a little longer to see if that helps. x

  • Katrin

    yum yum…i didn’t have oranges so i decided to make just chocolate biscuits. been snacking all day on them already! I’m always trying to find recipes to incorporate chia seeds and this one is just perfect.

    • Thank you!!! I really appreciate that!! Have you tried the crunchy crackers or seed crackers? They both have chia, as does the blueberry pudding and the raspberry pudding. I hope that helps. Bianca

  • Debbie

    Made these and they are yummy thank you

  • Marie Catalano

    these look yummy! Are they a crunchy biscuit?

    • Not crunchy, but not exactly soft either….they are a little unique but we really like them. I hope you do too. x

  • Jen

    I’m just wondering if you use dried dates or fresh ones?

    • I buy the loose medjool dates that are in the fresh produce section with the fruit and veg. x

  • paleo pen

    Just made these and they’re lovely, very
    more-ish! They smell like marmalade and have a great, not too sweet taste – thanks for the recipe 🙂 x

    • Fabulous!!! Thank you!! I am glad you enjoyed them. x

  • Kate

    These are delicious and so easy to make, my little ones will love them, thank you

  • Laura

    Made these today – lovely biscuits. perfect sweetness for those of us used to wholefoods. And would easily pass the ‘mainstream’ test with a Tbls of maple or honey. 🙂
    I’ve also made these nut free but subbing the cashews with 75g of pepita meal and then adding an egg for moisture. Great for school lunchboxes!
    Thanks Bianca. You have no idea how much you have helped me cook snacks for the kids!
    Do you do legumes? We cook a bit with lentil flour around here. Wondering if you have played with it at all….. 🙂

    • Hi Laura, thank YOU so much! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. I am sorry but lentil flour is not something I use much at the moment. I would love to hear how you go with any other recipes that you try. Enjoy your day. Bianca