Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Vegan, Gluten Free & So Chufa Good

Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies - Vegan & Gluten Free

One of my most exciting Christmas presents this year was some tiger nut flour from CT. I’m easily pleased. It resulted in a flurry of baking. These tiger nut chocolate chip cookies were one of the delights I conjured up. They are, without doubt, the easiest and quickest cookies I’ve ever made. Vegan, gluten-free and relatively healthy, they make a perfect sweet treat if you’re participating in Veganuary. They’re also my contribution to this month’s #WeShouldCocoa.

Tiger Nuts or Chufas

Tiger nuts earned their name from the orange stripes found on their tubers. They are also known as chufas or earth almonds, though their scientific name is Cyperus esculentus. CT has grown them on and off for many years, but has never managed to cultivate them on a large enough scale for me to play with. They are sweet and tasty with a slightly nutty texture. They are, however, neither nut nor seed; they are in fact tubers produced by a member of the sedge family. Chufas are an ancient crop eaten way back when in Africa and they formed an important part of the early human diet. They’re gluten-free, high in fibre and contain significant quantities of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and a whole heap of antioxidants.

Tiger Nut Flour also known as Chufa Flour

I first came across tiger nuts in Spain on one of my epic hitchhiking trips many years ago. The Spanish make it into horchata, a delicious creamy drink I’ve never forgotten. I’m still waiting for CT to grow enough for me to make my own horchata. Tiger nut flour is quite sweet, so less sugar is needed when using it. It’s also quite sticky, so it works particularly well in baking.

Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first thing I made with my tiger nut flour were some super duper fudgy brownies. We were entertaining friends so served them up with ice cream. They went down a storm, though nobody had heard of tiger nuts or chufas. Sadly I never got around to taking any photos or even writing up the recipe. Perhaps this is a call to make them again. 

Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies - Vegan and Gluten Free

The tiger nut chocolate chip cookies are the simplest and easiest cookies I’ve ever made. It’s pretty much just a case of stirring all the ingredients together, then forming the mixture into balls with your hands. I didn’t want to use vast amounts of fat in the cookies as I was trying to keep them as healthy as possible, so I ended up using water to bind the dough. I wasn’t at all sure how well this would work, but I needn’t have worried. The biscuits held together just fine. The ingredients needed are few, although I do understand not everyone is going to have a bag of tiger nut flour lying around in their pantry. 

The tiger nut chocolate chip cookies are sweet, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside and fudgy in the middle. They do soften if kept for more than a day, but are still quite delicious. A friend helped us demolish them a couple of days after I baked them and she was mightily impressed. The flavour is hard to describe, but it’s almost coconutty. The chocolate chips broke up the intensity of the sweetness wonderfully and are very much an integral part of the biscuit.

Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Recipe

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Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies - Vegan & Gluten Free
Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Simple and quick to make, these cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside and fudgy in the middle. They have the added bonus of being vegan and gluten free.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 100 g coconut suger
  • 125 g tiger nut flour chufa flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder gluten-free
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips vegan
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp water
  1. Warm the coconut oil gently in a large pan until virtually melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.
  2. Add the tiger nut flour, baking powder and chocolate chips and stir until everything is well mixed.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the water and vanilla extract. Stir with a knife from the inside out until everything is well combined.
  4. Take a tablespoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on a lined baking tray and flatten slightly.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, leaving room on the tray for the dough to spread. I made 12 cookies.
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven at 180℃ for 15 minutes.
  7. Leave on the tray for a couple of minutes to firm up, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool.


We Should Cocoa LogoThese tiger nut chocolate chip cookies are my submission to this month’s #WeShouldCocoa.





Baking Crumbs BadgeI’m also sending them to Only Crumbs Remain for #BakingCrumbs





 Bake of the Week LogoAnd also Casa Costello for #BakeOfTheWeek





#FreeFromFridays BadgePlus Free From Farmhouse for #FreeFromFridays 





#CookBlogShareAnd finally my tiger nut chocolate chip cookies go to Easy Peasy Foodie for #CookBlogShare


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    Galina Varese
    14th January 2018

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried tiger nuts or flour. Love the sound of these healthy cookies.

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      14th January 2018

      I’ve only ever found dried tiger nuts in health food shops before, so the availability of tiger nut flour now is really exciting.

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    14th January 2018

    I am sorry to say that I have not ever heard of Tiger Nuts. I would love to get some that flour so will haunt the Health Food Shop till I find it. Thanks for telling us about this lovely sounding new product. Bring on the Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

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      15th January 2018

      It’s a really nice flour to work with Kat and of course, super good for us too 😀

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    johanna @ green gourmet giraffe
    15th January 2018

    I saw tiger nuts while in Edinburgh or Paris in 2016 and regretted not buying them as I have never seen them again and was intrigues. So am pleased to see you sing the praises of this elusive nut – no doubt one day they will reach our shores!

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      15th January 2018

      Oh I bet there are people growing them in Australia Johanna and I’d be surprised if they weren’t available somewhere. Your country always seems to be at the forefront of interesting ingredients and healthy eating.

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    15th January 2018

    I love learning about new types of food, and I’d never heard of the tiger nut before! Thanks for such a great recipe. I also eat and share too many results before taking pics, but I’ll try to remember and share this one all around. 🙂

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    Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
    15th January 2018

    I’ve never heard of tiger nut flour – but it does sound very good! And these cookies look delicious. Thanks for linking them up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x

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    15th January 2018

    Mmm these look delicious. My vegan friend would love these too x

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    jenny paulin
    15th January 2018

    oooh these look very tasty and I love how simple the recipe is too. I have to admit to having never heard of tiger but flour, but I am loving its name ad will look out for it next time I am browsing the baking aisles.
    thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

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      16th January 2018

      Thanks Jenny. I think it might take a while for tiger nut flour to hit the supermarket baking aisles, but you should find it in a good health food shop.

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      16th January 2018

      Ooh let me know what you make with those tiger nuts and what you think of them.

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    helen @ family-friends-food.com
    19th January 2018

    Wow! I’ve never even heard of tiger nuts before. Those cookies look great and the flavour sounds delicious. I’ll have to look out for tiger nut flour on my next trip to the whole foods co-op!

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    19th January 2018

    Tiger nuts sound like the most exotic thing ever! I’d love to get my hands on some of those. Gorgeous looking cookies too!

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      23rd January 2018

      Haha, thanks Elizabeth. They may be exotic, but we evolved on them – apparently!

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    20th January 2018

    I’m absolutely fascinated by this recipe Choclette, I’ve never come across Tiger Nuts let alone the flour before, so am going to have a search in our local health food shop later today! Thankyou so much for sharing with #BakingCrumbs
    Angela x

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    Claire Jessiman
    20th January 2018

    Reading thought this I was like – I’ve never head of tiger nuts. Then you mentioned horchata. That I have drank!
    Such a great name for a cookie though!

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      5th March 2018

      Ah horchata. I really need to try making some of that. My memory of it was so good.

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    25th January 2018

    I’ve heard of tiger nuts before, but the whole prepping process with the soaking etc. sounded tedious and I never bought them to try. Now using tiger nut flour sounds a lot more appealing! I really want to try these cookies 🙂 Will pin now so I don’t forget. Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

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      28th January 2018

      Ah yes, soaking things can be a real pain. Tiger nut flour is definitely easier to use 😀

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    Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist
    11th February 2018

    I am constantly amazed by the proliferation of new flours on the market. They are so often more nutritious too. These cookies sound wonderful….. I could happily eat the whole batch. x

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      13th February 2018

      Thanks Kate. I get very excited about flours, especially nutritious ones that are easy to use.

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