Florentines | Vegan, Delicious, Healthy, Gluten Free

Florentines | Vegan, Delicious, Healthy, Gluten Free

Florentines, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Just few ingredients for these delicate cookies, easy to make and so delicious to eat!

Honestly, I had never made these cookies before. They are supposed to be an Italian cookies, so maybe name sounded too posh for me, or too difficult to make I didn’t even bothered to check how to make them… I remember seeing them in some bakeries, but they were more like cereal clusters covered in milky cheapy chocolate. So – NO. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to predend superhero, who makes slimming florentines, but at least I will try to make them healthier.FLORENTINES. VEGAN


To begin with I found a recipe in old as world mom’s cooking book (book is old as world, not mom). And what a disappointment – not vegan, not gluten free, and not suitable for me at all! People say that best thing is to change one ingredient a time to see what works, but I need to change butter, flour and double cream at once! Aaaahhhh!

Once I finished screaming and shouting I thought, hey, maybe make some cupcakes instead, but I know that I tend to bake cupcakes more often than needed, for no particular reason, or special event. I usually have cookie marathons for occasions like Christmas, but it is time to break the pattern. Let’s make cookies! I mean florentines!


Healthier Vegan Florentines

Nevertheless, I try to bake cookies that are not packed with calories as it would be comparable to a slice of cake, or at least not stupid calories and no nutritional value. These Florentines are no different – after being a major challenge and couple tries I think I found my first favourite gluten free, vegan florentine flavour. Thin and crisp, they require just few ingredients, the majority of which, you probably already have in your cupboard.
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Simple Vegan Florentines
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Florentines, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Just few ingredients for these delicate cookies, easy to make and so delicious to eat!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, British, French, Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: florentines
Servings: 8 cookies
Author: Mrs. Fork
  • 3 Tbsp margarine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup milled chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flour (GF if needed)
  • chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.

    In a small saucepan melt margarine, sugar and maple syrup until makes even mass.

  2. In a separate bowl combine flour and milled chia seeds. Add roughly chopped almonds and hazelnuts and whole cranberries. Pour liquid mix on top and stir well to combine everything evenly.

  3. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone liner place dough tablespoon by tablespoon. Leave big gaps, about an inch, as florentines will spread, and bake 12-15 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven and leave to cool down completely before adding chocolate. Simply melt chocolate in a bowl over boiling water and spread the backs of florentines. Or drizzle around, whatever and let the chocolate to firm up.