Fresh, Small-Batch Nutrition for Better Health & Performance

Chocolate Orange Cardamon Cookies

By Matt Cusack

With Beta Red as the secret ingredient, my Chocolate Orange Cardamon Cookies are great before and during workouts.


2 T cacao powder
2 T Beta Red Orange
1 Tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 T unsweetened apple sauce 
1 T maple syrup or honey
1/4 tsp cardamon 
3/4 C gluten-free flour (add xanthan gum if not in mix - I used homemade sorghum/almond)
1/4 C milk of choice

Optional - sea salt to top


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cover baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup easier.
  • In mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
  • Add all wet ingredients except milk.
  • Mix well, then slowly add milk until the batter starts to stick together. You may not need all the milk as you don’t want the dough to be sticky.

  • When batter comes together, roll into small balls then put on parchment paper.
  • Smash the cookie balls down to about half inch thick. If you choose to keep them as balls, or make them thicker, keep in mind a longer cook time will be necessary.

  • If desired, here is where you sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, cookies should start to firm up but still have a little give in the middle (just a little).

  • Enjoy!


    • Brian Maslach


      Matt hasn’t crunched the nutritional info, but it’s not too difficult to do so with one of the recipe calculators online if you’re curious.

      The recipe yields 6-8 cookies.

      Hope this helps!


    • Lynn

      Looks good, but how many does it make, and what are the nutritional values?

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