Paleo and Vegan Snickerdoodles


As I mentioned in my Wednesday post, I did a lot of baking this past weekend. In case you missed it, I posted a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuffin recipe that is really easy to make and fantastic for heating up in the mornings for a quick breakfast.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuffin (Grain-Free)

I also made a huge loaf of gluten-free banana bread. In the microwave. No eggs, no gluten, sweetened with honey or maple syrup… Even I’m surprised by how amazing it turned out. I made it on a whim Sunday afternoon before I returned to school and as the oven was already being used to cook my food for the week, I “had” to resort to my second favorite cooking machine. Okay, so the oven and microwave are probably tied for first. They both have their perks (oven-cooked food tastes better and the microwave is lightning fast).

Microwave Banana Bread

But you’ll have to wait for the banana bread until next week. Today I’m sharing an equally amazing recipe for snickerdoodles. Again, I took a big gamble in making these. The recipe was inspired/adapted in part from How Sweet It Is. I wasn’t really feeling up to going to my brother’s basketball game on Friday night (Actually I haven’t been for the past few weeks, but that is a story for another day/health update 🙁 ). Instead my brother, who usually goes to a friend’s house after his games, asked me to make him something to take. After much debate we finally agreed on snickerdoodles.

I turned to How Sweet It Is for the recipe and they turned out wonderful. One note if you make her version- take them out of the oven even if they don’t look done. They will harden up a lot and then they will be difficult to eat. No one likes cookies that scrape the roof of your mouth raw. If you do make the same mistake I do though, never fear because a quick pop in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and they are soft again. See? Microwaves ARE amazing.

After making the cookies; however, I realized that my parents would be wanting some too, and let’s just say that I feel better about giving white sugar and flour to my basketball-playing brother than my middle-aged health conscious parents.

So I revamped the original recipe making it completely unrecognizable but still insanely delicious. No need to thank me. 😉


Paleo and Vegan Snickerdoodles

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option, Paleo-Friendly

Makes 10-12 small cookies


  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed + 1/4 cup water*
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted*
  • 1/2 cup honey* (use maple syrup to make this vegan)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour*
  • 2/3 cup almond flour*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3-4 tbsp granulated sweetener*
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flaxseed and water in a small bowl. Let sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Now mix together all of your wet ingredients (including the flax gel) in either a medium-sized bowl or a food processor. Then add your dry ingredients up to the sea salt and mix well. I used a food processor to mix all of the dough together so this was very quick, but mixing by hand will work just fine.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the 3-4 tbsp of granulated sweetener and cinnamon.
  5. After making the cinnamon topping, use a spoon to scoop out the previously made dough and use your hands to form small (approximately 1-1.5 inch wide) balls. The dough will be a little sticky so roll lightly to prevent your hands from becoming too messy. (If the dough seems way too wet you can add some additional flour to thicken it up, refrigerate for an hour to make it easier to handle, or coat your hands in melted coconut oil to prevent sticking).
  6. Take your dough balls and roll them in the cinnamon topping until completely covered. Space them out on the baking sheet. Then using your fingers press down on the dough balls to flatten the slightly.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they start to turn a light golden brown and are somewhat firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and place the cookies on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

*Substitution notes:

Ground chia seeds would probably work in place of the ground flaxseed. Two eggs could probably be used in place of the flax mixture. Butter/ghee would also be a delicious substitute for the coconut oil if you eat dairy. To ensure that these are vegan, use maple syrup in place of the honey. You could also use a granulated sweetener instead but you would need to add some moisture in the form of water or perhaps a nondairy milk. Adjust the flour as needed to compensate for the ingredient changes. Tapicoa flour and arrowroot flour are usually interchangeable in recipes from comments that I have seen from other bloggers. To make these nut-free use sunflower seed or pumpkin seed flour in place of the almond flour. I used granulated monkfruit for the cinnamon topping, but coconut sugar, granulated stevia or even date sugar would probably work too. I have only tried the recipe as stated above and these substitutions are just suggestions and I cannot guarantee the results if you make changes. Let me know in the comments if you make any alterations and how they turn out!

Grain-Free and Vegan Snickerdoodles

Oh, and for those of you who love microwave baking as much as me, I also experimented in cooking one of these in the microwave. You’ll have to adjust the time to best fit your microwave power and size, but 50 seconds was just about perfect in mine. Place one of the dough balls on a plate covered in parchment paper, flatten with your fingers, then cook for 40 seconds (add 10 second intervals afterwards until done). Like with How Sweet Eat It Is’s original recipe, you’ll want to take these babies out when they are still pretty soft. Let them cool and they will get a little more sturdy. The first turned a dark brown in the center because I cooked it until it felt done 😯 . Learn from my mistakes!

Somehow I ended up talking more about microwaves today than I did about the recipe itself, which is baked in an oven. Oh well. I’ll just pull the “It’s almost Friday” or “my brain is a burnt marshmallow” cards. What’s that you say? I can only use them once in a lifetime? Bull. I can’t tell you how many times I was sent to jail or took a ride on the Reading Railroad in Monopoly when I was younger. Those cards came up FAR too often. I deserve this.

So yes… railroads, microwaves, marshmallow brains… um… Friday?!

Oh right. Happy Friday everyone!


Questions for you:

What is your favorite kind of cookie? Mine are sugar cookies (made like snickerdoodles but without the cinnamon in the sugar topping. Sooooo good!).

Who is your go-to dessert blogger? I don’t really have a favorite. I just look up whoever!

How do you prevent your cookies from sticking? Oil/Spray? Parchment paper? Nonstick sheets? Silicon mats?

15 Thoughts on “Paleo and Vegan Snickerdoodles

  1. Look at you stacking those cookies. It’s all about the stacking. It just looks better.
    I love snickerdoodles although it’s been years since I’ve eaten them. My mom used to make them all the time. Maybe I should remind her of that for my next visit to Buffalo. 🙂

    • madison on February 21, 2014 at 3:52 am said:

      Stacking is just the bomb.

      Yes, you should definitely remind her! I almost forgot that you aren’t originally from Ohio but “the state up North.” Lol. 😉

  2. Mmmm burnt marshmallows. What!? 😯 Oh hi 😀

    Snickerdoodles are probably my absolute favourite Christmas cookie, for probably the same reason that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favourite cereal — the cinnamon and sugar. That being said, chocolate chip & raisin oatmeal cookies are my absolute favourite cookie. Soft, chewy, and plenty of texture. Plus tonnes of sentimental value since I used to bake them with my mom when I was growing up.

    And to keep cookies from sticking? I use parchment paper. I bought a Silpat, but I haven’t made cookies since I picked it up 😆

    • madison on February 21, 2014 at 3:54 am said:

      I always used to think that raisins ruined a cookie, but my mind has been changed. Chocolate chip and raisin cookies sound very good right now actually. Cookies are pretty sentimental for me too, especially chocolate chip ones!

      I use parchment paper too. We have a silicon mat that we used to use all of the time, but then someone (possibly me…) used it under the broiler and now it looks a little darker…

  3. I want a Silpat so bad! Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies… and I have all the ingredients for this. Hmmm.

  4. Those cookies look so good! Can you send one over? 😉
    My favorite cookies are peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies. I just made a mini batch last night, using tahini instead of pb.
    I use my silicon baking mat all the time, even to roast vegetables. I love that thing.
    My favorite dessert blogger is probably Angela from Oh She Glows. All her recipes are vegan, gluten-free, whole-some, and delicious! And her savory recipes are awesome, too.

  5. We don’t have ‘snickerdoodles’ in the UK so whenever I hear about them I instantly think about the Snickers chocolate bar. But I guess it’s different haha!
    I’d never think to use the microwave to bake! Ingenious 🙂

  6. These look incredible! I work for a food allergy subscription box company called Tasterie and this month I put in Enjoy Life’s Snickerdoodle cookies! They are gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, and nut free and ooo so addictive! Maybe I will try making some myself! 😉

  7. I love jessica 🙂 she was one if the first blogs I discovered and I love all her recipes! I go between her and Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction for my sweet recipes. I never thought you could make a cookie in the microwave! I’ll have to give it a try…sometimes the oven takes too long 😉

  8. Oh, these look delicious! I haven’t had a snicker doodle cookie in so long!
    As far as my favorite cookie goes, I have to say it really depends in the cookie. I love chocolate chip ones, but they have to be goey and chocolatey-I don’t like crunchy cookies!
    And my favorite (paleo) dessert blogger….that’s a hard one. I usually just search for a certain recipe and see what comes up! A few blogs that have some great looking dessert recipes are Clean eating with a dirty mind and Brittany Angell.
    Oh, and btw, Beittany Angell has BSTON CREAM DOUGNUT recipe that is GLUTEN FREE/PALEO! I think I just died…..

  9. I don’t have a go-to dessert blogger I do love Heather at Kiss My Broccoli’s pancakes though and Davida at The Healthy Mavens recipes.

    These cookies look friggin delicious! I’ve already pinned them to pinterest as I need to try them out asap. 🙂

  10. Alright – Alright – Alright (who am I quoting? LOL)… these cookies look awesome! I must say, you’re photography skills have come a long way in the past year. Did you get a new camera or just become more awesome? 🙂

    Favorite cookie: Snickerdoodles or pb blossoms. Oh man, should we combine the two?? 🙂

  11. microwave marshmallow brain or not these cookies look seriously amazing! The BF loves snickerdoodles and he has a birthday coming up, so I’ll have to put together a batch of these for him 🙂

  12. Drrrrroooooooooling

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