Gluten Free Apple Cardamom Cookies Recipe

Erin D. | Texanerin Baking

Gluten Free Apple Cardamom Cookies are a no bake fall treat you'll adore. The cardamom is amazing!

Gluten Free Apple Cardamom Cookies Photo

I think cardamom isn’t used nearly enough in fall baking! I can’t understand why. It goes so well with apples, cinnamon and maple syrup – all things that you need for this recipe.

Last year I made these gluten-free cardamom cookies and liked them so much that I’ve made another cardamom cookie recipe to share!

These delicious autumnal cookies are adapted from my no-bake peanut butter cookies so if you don’t have almond butter on hand, give those a try. The only downside to these cookies is that they have to be kept in the freezer.

I’ve tried just refrigerating them, but they kind of fall apart. Once frozen, they weirdly stay chewy and don’t get rock hard.

If frozen cookies just sound too weird, there’s a solution! Use broken up apple chips or cut up dried apples in place of the fresh apples. Then the cookies don’t even necessarily have to be refrigerated (though I recommend it so that they’re a little firmer!).

Gluten Free Apple Cardamom Cookies Picture

The reason I went with fresh apples is because the apple taste is quite a bit stronger with a fresh Granny Smith than the apple chips and dried apples I found made of random, non-tart apples. If you can find Granny Smith apple chips or dried apples – definitely give that a try!

And if apples just aren’t your thing, try my no-bake maple almond butter cookies, which is another version of these cookies.

I used refined coconut oil in these cookies, which doesn’t have any coconut taste. If you use unrefined coconut oil, they’ll likely taste a bit coconutty. Also, be sure to use natural almond butter with just almonds and salt in it. If you use a kind with added fat and sugar, these cookies won’t work.

These apple cardamom cookies are really such a treat but if you’re more in the mood for cake, try this gluten-free spice cake for another great fall treat that’s sure to please!

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Gluten Free Apple Cardamom Cookies Recipe

    16 Servings


  • 3 1/2 tablespoons Refined Coconut Oil, 49 grams
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Natural Almond Butter, The kind with no added fat or sugar, 128 grams
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup, 120 milliliters
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Certified Gluten Free Oats, 138 grams
  • 3/4 cup Peeled and Finely Diced Granny Smith Apples, 90 grams


  1. In a medium pot, melt the coconut oil over low heat.
  2. Add the almond butter and maple syrup stir until well combined.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium and while stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture should thicken a little. Don't boil it longer than 2 minutes or it may separate.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cardamom, cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract. Once well combined, stir in the oats and then the diced apples.
  6. Scoop balls of the mixture using a cookie scoop and place into a parchment paper lined tupperware box that’ll fit in your freezer. Store frozen.


Cooking Method:
No Bake
Gluten Free
Gluten Free Desserts
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Recipe Yields:
16 small cookies
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Author: Erin D.
Recipe Yields: 16 small cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 small cookie
Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 28
Calories 92

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 55mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 7g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin D.

About Erin

Erin loves to bake, and especially the challenge of grain-free and gluten-free baking. We're huge fans of her work on Texanerin Baking too!

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