Wholewheat Chocolate Cookies with Cacao Nibs



Wholewheat Chocolate Cookies with Cacao Nibs


I know most of you like Chocolate chip cookies. I like them too! But I am not a huge form of the ‘real’ chocolate chip cookies anymore. I see that my taste is changing really fast. While I don’t eat unbelievably healthy all the time I can’t really enjoy too much sugar and fat like I used to anymore. There still are a few of my childhood favorites which I have weakness for but I can’t indulge in them even if I want to. The same things is happening to me with chocolate chip cookies too.


Roasted Cacao Beans


Earlier I remember being able to gobble up quite a few buttery sugary cookies every time I baked/bought them. But last time I baked a few batches of the cookies I couldn’t eat more than half a cookie.

Yesterday I wanted to bake cookies. I was thinking chocolate cookies but I knew it had to be much less sweeter and richer than the ‘real’ chocolate cookies. Eggless whole wheat cookies with a lot less sugar were the right thing for me. I was wondering what I was going to replace the normal chocolate chips with, when I realized I have a small bag of whole roasted cacao beans. My uncles family owns an organic farm where they grow organic spices, fruits and vegetables and other cash crops. When we visited them last month they gave us sample packs of some of the spices they grow which included, vanilla pods, cacao beans, pepper, maze and other spices. I decided to make my own cacao nibs with the whole cacao beans I had on hand.


What a beautiful color!


I simply peeled it and crushed it. If you haven’t tasted whole roasted cacao beans you are missing one of the best forms of cocoa! It’s nothing like the chocolate we are used to of course but it’s crunchy, nutty with a slight bitter aftertaste. That is exactly what I was looking for in my cookies. If you definitely use regular chocolate chips instead if you want a much sweeter, richer cookies. These cookies are wholewheat and they have flaxseed as egg replacement. There is also olive oil, date syrup and a little bit of sugar.


I made my own cacao nibs


I loved the way the turned out! I was considering calling them ‘grown up’ chocolate cookies but my daughter LOVED them. She woke up after her afternoon nap and had 2 whole cookies with milk. She loved the crunchy cocoa beans in them. This made me realize that we simply assume children will not like certain tastes without giving them a chance to try it.


Cacao nibs in cookie dough


I will definitely bake these cookies more often. I am going to try them with regular chocolate chips instead of cocoa nibs for a more crowd pleaser version for this healthy cookie. They don’t’ taste anything like the original chocolate chip cookies. To me they only taste better! My cookies were crisp on the outside and soft inside the day they were baked. I stored them in an airtight container but it still lost it’s crispiness the next day. Having cocoa nibs makes sure there are crunchy bits in it even after a few days to baking them. They tasted great even after 5 days though.


Healthy Vegan Chocolate Cookies with Cacao Nibs


I am happy I have created a chocolate cookie recipe which suits my taste.


They don't' taste anything like the original chocolate chip cookies, they only taste better!


lighter cookies with a nutty bitter cacao nibs crunch


healthy vegan chocolate cookies with cacao nibs


Apart from baking cookies I have been cooking, shopping and exploring markets with my friend Asya from NewYork. We have been cooking as many as 5 to 10 traditional Karnataka delicacies for every meal for past 3 days!  I am enjoying every bit of it… Head over to my Facebook Page to see some fun videos of our time together.



  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cocoa nibs
  • 3 tbsp flax seed powder + 9 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup date syrup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp vanilla


Stir the flax seed powder with the water, mix well and let it sit for a few minutes.

Combine all the dry ingredients together. mix well.  In a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix it slowly with your hands till it all comes together. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat the oven at 150 degree Celsius.

Cover the baking tray with parchment paper. Place a small amount of dough between your palms and press to make round flat cookies. Place them on the baking tray leaving a little gap in between the cookies and bake for 15 minutes. Take care not to burn the bottom of the cookies.

Let them cool completely for them to harden.

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  • Lou Staley

    I made this recipe last night. The only change I made is I used Kamut flour instead of wholewheat, oh and agave instead of date syrup (all I had on hand) I have to tell you they were delicious, decadent and simply amazing. I used Peruvian cocao nibs I purchased at a farmers market in Atlanta, Georgia. I had never had them before and bought them not having any idea how I was going to use them. Thanks!! so much for such a wonderful recipe.

  • Maureen

    These are the most beautiful, luscious looking cookies!

  • cathy

    Chinmayie, these look awesome. Funny, I’ve been working on a couple different cookie recipes with cacao nibs, too. I’ll make yours now!

  • Jayasri

    Hi, Chinmayee, First time here, you have a very beautiful space, with lots of beautiful recipes and with mmost beautiful clicks., absolutely gorgeous, I am from Karnataka too.., I have visited Mangalore few times.., You are so lucky lot of Ingredients, fruits and veggies that I don’t see often (rarely), it so beautiful how does the cacao tastes is very intriguing.., next time when I visit Bangalore, I would love to meet you and coax you to give me at least one! :) , Beautiful clicks, I loved your Lime soup click so inviting.., do please invite when you have time, don’t expect beautiful clicks as yours!

  • dassana

    i am sure these cookies must be much better than the chocolate chip cookies. the colors looks so gorgeous.

    you are so lucky chinmayie… you always get fresh and organic produce :-)

  • Ashwini

    Chinnu it is nice to know that you made right use of cocoa beans from our organic Garden.
    I like to taste it. We have lot of cocoa beans. But so far not tried to use like you.

    • Chinmayie

      Thank you so much Ashwiniakka. Glad I got that pack of cacao beans from your farm. Will bake the cookies for you next time you are in Bangalore.

  • Cookie and Kate

    Those look really good, Chinmayie!

  • Anushruti | Divinetaste

    They look awesome! Would love to have some!

  • Partha Varanashi

    Thank you Chimaye for using Varanashi Organic Cocoa beans. If any one is interested to buy Organic Cocoa beans please e mail to info@varanashi.com

  • Joyti

    The cacao nibs are exquisite! You’re right – so pretty, and what a lovely color.
    Also, the cookies sound absolutely delicious.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I love that you made your own cacao nibs — those cookies looks so drool-worthy!!! and the photos are amazing! :)

  • shrikripa

    Very innovative recipe Chinmayee…where you will find this roasted cocoa nuts in Bangalore or Mangalore?

  • Delishhh

    Oh my that is a gorgeous cookie!

  • Hannah

    Oh wow, I love this recipe! I always have cacao nibs on hand and enjoy them in many dishes and baked goods. I like your use of whole wheat flour, too. What a lovely cookie!

  • Richa@HobbyandMore

    wow chinmayie.. you always have the freshest producce and spices! i’d love to have some of my family pick up on organic farming:) maybe i should suggest that as dad’s post retirement plan.. coz he wont retire unless he has some other work to do:)

    love the cookies.. they are so moody and dark and i am sure those fresh nibs are just perfect. i cant eat many sweet cookies either.. so i just make my versions very mildly sweet or sometimes just make them into bars for snacking. my taste though still always prefers savory more.. thats the way we grew up.. gorgeous clicks!

  • Linda

    These sounds absolutely fabulous!! How lucky you are to have your uncles family organic farm nearby! I’m so very interested in tasting these cookies with with roasted cocoa beans. You’ve done a great job in making grown up chocolate chip cookies!!

  • kankana

    Looks so stunning and dark! Now, I need to find these cocoa and give this a try. I am not a sweet tooth person at all and these cookies might be just the type i love.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Wow… the look of these chocolate cookies is very adult-like. This is not only healthier version of cookies but I love how you used roasted cacao beans. So unique and I want to grab these cookies so bad!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    I know exactly what you mean! I used to be able to eat a ton of cookies, but since changing my eating habits, I’m satisfied with just one small cookie and I don’t go back for more because they’re usually just too sweet! These look fantastic, they look like something I would enjoy. Funny how kids like things you think they wont enjoy, I’m always surprised when my kids like my healthier creations :)

  • Brooke

    Yay! It’s exactly what I wanted, Chinmayie! I’ve got nibs in my pantry right now! How special to get fresh ones!

  • Preethi

    Would it be possible for me to buy some organic cacaco nibs from your uncle as well Chinmayie? If yes, would you message me his contact details? Have been looking for organic ethically sourced cacao for sometime now – great post btw!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    What a healthy way to indulge your sweet tooth!

  • Sanjeeta kk

    Oh..this is wonderful..cacao beans and a wholesome cookie treat! Lovely clicks..have to look out for these beans here (remote chances)..might ask you to send me some :)

  • anh@anhsfoodblog.com

    so nice! I would love to try these cookies!

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