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My Go-To Pre-Workout Snack: Dark Chocolate Orange Tigernut Cookies

June 16, 2017

I know exactly what you’re thinking…. What on earth is a tigernut? Well, not to worry because I was in the exact same boat. But with a little bit of research and some recipe testing, I quickly learned that aside from being insanely delicious with their rich and nutty flavor, tigernuts are also:

  • Gluten free
  • An excellent energy source
  • A plant-based protein
  • Contains essential amino acids
  • Probiotic rich (gut-healthy bacteria that help with digestion)

Sounds like the perfect combination, am I right? Maybe now you can understand why they have become a staple piece in my kitchen.

Lately, I’ve been doing this crazy thing where I wake up at 5:30 am to get a workout in before starting the day. I’ve always considered myself a morning person, but I mean, this is getting to be borderline insane (for me at least). I will admit I have been loving it though. It makes for a productive morning and weirdly enough, I find it gives me a boost of energy that lasts throughout the day. Prior to this new “experiment”, I didn’t even think 5:30 am and energy could go in the same sentence. And I don’t know about you, but there’s no better feeling than having your workout out of the way, even if I desperately want to bury my face back into the pillow when that alarm goes off in the morning. I can almost hear the sound…

Anyways, the point of the story is that I’m the type of person who doesn’t do well working out on an empty stomach. I know it has it’s benefits but I’ve tried it before and the end result is never all that pretty. So, I’m always looking for something light that will give me energy, but not enough to send me into a food coma before even getting to the gym. Hence why these dark chocolate tigernut cookies have been my life savior!

Aside from being a sucker for anything dark chocolate, orange infused and requires minimal preparation, I also find that they are a perfect pre-workout snack since they aren’t too sweet and they are also packed with protein and healthy fats to keep you fueled throughout your workout. Plus, I believe every day should start off with a cookie – a healthy one that is of course 😉

They are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, zero added sugars and all of that fun stuff. Now go ahead and make them!

Dark Chocolate Orange Tigernut Cookies

Makes approximately 10 cookies.

Adapted from faringwell


  • 1 cup tigernut flour (see note)
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • zest of an orange
  • 1/4 cup dried mulberries, soaked 4 hours
  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil


  1. Combine tigernut flour, cocoa powder, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, salt, and cinnamon into a food processor and pulse until they become a semi-fine flour. 

  2. Use a fork to scoop the dried mulberries out of their soaking liquid and add to the food processor (save the liquid). Add the coconut oil and continue blending.

  3. While blending, drizzle in 1-2 tablespoons of the mulberry liquid into the mouth of the food processor. Once the mixture starts to form into a sticky ball, stop blending. If the mixture remains dry and crumbly, continue adding liquid.

  4. Scoop out the dough using a spoon of your choice, roll them into cookie balls and place them on a sheet of parchment paper. 

  5. Once all of the cookie balls have been formed, flatten them using the bottom of a glass cup. Using a citrus zester or a grater, take a ripe orange and lightly zest over the top of each cookie. 

  6. Place the parchment paper sheet in the fridge and let the cookies cool for 1 hour. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge or a cool area until they are ready to eat! (The freezer is my personal fav)

Recipe Notes

Tigernut flour can be found at your local health food store, or feel free to make it yourself by simply blending up whole tigernuts in your food processor before hand. However, almond flour is also a great alternative! 

Enjoy! xx



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  • Trudy June 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Sounds divine I too am a morning person and love chocolate and orange

    • Cayley Humphreys July 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Sounds like the perfect recipe for you, Trud! Love

  • Edie July 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I am totally going to try these – they look delish! I just need to get my hands on some tigernut flour from Amazon.

    • Cayley Humphreys July 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Yay, I’m excited for you! Let me know how they turn out. Ah, getting the tigernut flour is a must! It’s so delicious and lasts a while too, which is always a bonus. I’ve been able to make multiple batches of these cookies using just one package. Xx