Chocolate hazelnut cookies — what’s not to love about those three words? These deliciously lightly-sweet cookies have no flour, no butter and are refined sugar-free. They are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and dried figs. And for that chocolatey flavor, they are made with superfood raw cacao powder. Yes, cookie friends, I think you might love these.

A healthier cookie that’s also delicious

Every year I like to experiment with new cookie recipes that are either gluten-free, sugar-free (i.e. naturally sweetened) or vegan. Or a combination of all three! These chocolate hazelnut cookies are two of those. Naturally sweetened and flourless, they can ALSO easily made vegan by replacing the egg with a vegan egg alternative. My favourite is to make a “chia egg” using 1 tablespoon chai seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water. And my natural sweeteners of choice are maple syrup and dried fruit such as dried medjool dates or figs. In this particular recipe, I choose dried figs as they are a wonderful compliment to hazelnuts and chocolate.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
Simple and easy 7-ingredient cookies

These cookies require just 5 minutes of preparation, 15 minutes in the oven and only 7 ingredients. Which means they are EASY! But it doesn’t stop there. These cookies contain high-quality ingredients that make a scrumptious tasting cookie.

  • Soft and chewy, the dried figs provide ample sweetness and a hint of honey-nectar.
  • Raw cacao powder gives them that bittersweet chocolate taste.
  • Hazelnuts, which are toasted and ground, add that essential nuttiness that pairs so perfectly with chocolate.
  • Maple syrup (grade A) adds a mild sweetness and contains a variety of essential vitamins and minerals.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
I think you will love these chocolate hazelnuts cookies!

Made from just a few ingredients, these easy to make cookies are ready in less then half an hour — start to finish — and ready to enjoy! They are:

  • Tender on the inside
  • Lightly sweet
  • A little chocolatey
  • Easy to make
  • & SO very delicious

And true story, as a non-sweets eater, I love these cookies too. I find there are perfect stored chilled in the fridge and enjoyed with a morning coffee. That’s my kind of breakfast cookie! 🙂

Looking for other refined sugar-free cookie ideas?

Try one of these favourite cookie recipes:

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Dried Figs

These chocolate hazelnut cookies are refined sugar-free. Instead they are lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and dried figs. They are also made without flour and easily made vegan.
Course Snack
Category Baking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Cookies
Calories 185 kcal
Autor Elle


  • 225 g hazelnut meal (ground hazelnuts)
  • 60 ml maple syrup (4 tablespoons)
  • 4 soft dried figs, quartered (60 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 medium egg (or vegan alternative, see tips below)
  • 50 g chopped hazelnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F / 175° C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Using a food processor, combine the hazelnut meal, maple syrup, dried figs, salt, cacao powder and egg. Mix to produce a sticky cookie dough.

  3. Using a tablespoon, divide the dough into 12 equally sized pieces, rolling each portion of dough between the palms of your hands.
  4. Then lightly press down each piece of dough to flatten it slightly and then press into the chopped hazelnuts to coat both sides.
  5. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 15-17 minutes, until the hazelnuts are lightly golden on top.
  6. Remove from the oven, place cookie sheet on cooking rack and let the cookies cool down before transferring to a plate.
  7. Once fully cooled, store in an airtight container (I store mine in the fridge and find they taste even better the next day). Enjoy!


  • Make these cookies vegan: Replace 1 egg with 1 tablespoon chia seeds+ 3 tablespoons water OR try 1 teaspoon psyllium with 3 tablespoons water. I find both these egg replacements work best.
  • If you are preparing smaller cookies, then reduce the baking time slightly.

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