Oh my goodness, there the most heavenly aroma is flooding my kitchen right now. Easy baked gluten-free, vegan crunchy shortbread cookies are happening!

I was so thrilled when I developed this recipe. Not only is it de-e-e-elicious, it is also super easy to make. I love that healthy eating can be delectable too.

It’s hard to imagine that something this delectable contains only six ingredients – all available from good health food stores or (in some places) good supermarkets. We’re talking rice flour, tapioca flour, vanilla extract, maple syrup, ground flaxseed and coconut oil. That’s it!

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These biscuits (as we would call them in England) are crunchy! They deliver the perfect snap as you take a bite. They remind me of shortbread too.

I used a rolling pin to roll these out today. However, if I didn’t have a rolling pin to hand (as sometimes happens if I am running a retreat and the kitchen isn’t fully stocked for my exciting baking endeavours) then there are other options. I might use a jar to roll out with. More often than not, I’ll just press the mixture out with my hands, as flat as I can get it (in which case we’ll enjoy gorgeously bumpy biscuits).

I’m staying with my mam at the moment – she was at work today and I couldn’t find the cookie cutters. So I improvised and cut them out with the top of a drinking glass. Worked perfectly. At other times I might not create them in round shapes at all, but might just cut them into squares or triangles with a knife. Where there’s a will, there is always a way. There’s just no stopping you!

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I prefer to use my own blend of rice flour and tapioca flour for this (as you’ll find I do in a lot of my recipes). You can buy ready mixed purpose made gluten-free flour (although I can’t vouch for exactly what is in each ‘pre-made’ blend, the ratios or what the final outcome would be). If you only have a pre-mixed bag of general gluten-free flour available, then it would be worth trying that for sure.

Tapioca flour. The tapioca flour in this recipe can be a little confusing. You can use tapioca flour, tapioca starch or cassava flour. They’re very similar (and arguable the same thing). I use them interchangeably. Just use whatever you have available.

Ground flaxseed.¬†I love adding a bit of ground flaxseed to this, for a little extra dose of healthy nutrients. We’re talking, pretty healthy shortbreads really.

Gluten-free vegan crunchy shortbread cookies by Trinity #glutenfree #vegan

Gluten-free vegan crunchy shortbread cookies by Trinity #glutenfree #vegan

Easy Gluten-free Vegan Crunch Shortbread Cookies (with only 6 ingredients)

Yield: 10 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

A delicious gluten-free, vegan crunchy shortbread cookie recipe made with only six ingredients. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and benefiting from ground flaxseed.


  • 100g brown rice flour
  • 100g tapioca flour (or tapioca starch or cassava flour)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Extra sprinkle of rice flour to roll with


  • Add the rice flour, tapioca flour and flaxseed to a mixing bowl and mix together.
  • Melt the coconut oil.
  • Add the coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup to the bowl and mix in thoroughly with a spoon. I like to get my hands in once it starts bind and then use my hands to bring it together into a dough ball.
  • Squash together and then sprinkle a little rice flour on your work surface.
  • Press the mixture down and then start rolling with a rolling pin. The mixture might start to fall apart (this is normal). Just push back together any parts that fall away.
  • Roll until it becomes about 1/2 cm ( 1/4 inch) thick.
  • Cut out your cookies. You could use a knife to cut into squares or use a cookie cutter (or the top of a drinking glass). Slide a cake slice or a knife under each cookie and pop them onto a baking tray.
  • Pop into a pre heated oven at gas mark 4 (350ºF/180ºC) for between 12 and 15 minutes (depending on your oven).
  • They'll stay light in colour (if they tan, then they are probably over cooked). Once baked pop them on to a cooling rack.
  • Serve once cooled.
  • Enjoy!
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