Healthy Homemade Fortune Cookies

Homemade Fortune Cookies

These aren’t really like the fortune cookies you’d get at a Chinese restaurant.  These are actually good tasting and good for you.  And they are also completely different in both taste and texture.  Sorry, I tried to make it as close to the original as possible — crunchy, orange and both sweet and salty — but the dough just wasn’t havin’ it.

Homemade Fortune Cookies

These homemade fortune cookies are freaking delicious, soft and more sweet rather than salty.  Oh, and they’re addicting.  Everybody ate either three or four in a row (including me)…

DIY Fortune Cookies

Yield: 14 fortune cookies


  • 53g (2.5 tbs) Agave Nectar
  • 23g (1.5 tbs) Water
  • 15g (1 tbs) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 8g (1/2 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • 5 drops Natural Orange Food Coloring (I used Natures Flavors)
  • 7g (1 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 48g (1/4 cup) Date Sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 60g (1/2 cup) Oat Flour
  • 60g (1/4 cup + 2 tbs) Brown Rice Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the agave, water, applesauce, oil and food coloring. Mix on low.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flax, date sugar, turmeric and salt. Dump into the stand mixer, still mixing on low.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, brown rice flour and baking soda. Dump into the stand mixer and mix to incorporate.
  5. Once incorporated, increase mixer speed to make sure the dough is even throughout. Scrape down the bowl and beaters and form a ball with the dough.
  6. Place the dough ball onto a Silpat and cover the dough with another Silpat (parchment paper will also work but it slides around). Roll the dough to 1/8" thickness, then let the dough sit for 10 minutes.
  7. Use a 3" circle cookie cutter and cut out circles of the dough. Gently fold the circle in half without making any creases and press on the outer rims of the dough, starting from the center and working your way to the corners. Try to enclose as much air as you can into the pocket (I find that it is easier to do this by holding the pocket up instead of on the Silpat.
  8. Take the corners of the pocket and gently try to bring them together.
  9. Do this with the rest of the circles and bake for ~14 minutes, or until cookies are firm. Let cool on the baking sheet.
  10. Write your fortunes on thick paper (I used blank index cards) cut into thin strips, then carefully slide into the cooled cookies.


This recipe is: low fat, low sugar, gluten free, vegan!

The fortune cookies you get at Chinese restaurants are not only unhealthy, but they are actually dangerous for your body.  These are the ingredients:

healthy fortune cookie recipe

Yuck!  Bleached flour, sugar, artificial food coloring and artificial flavor.  And even worse, the cookies I get at my favorite Chinese restaurant contain partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats).  So please don’t eat them, it’s for your own safety!

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While I put nice and cute fortunes in my fortune cookies, it’s so close to Halloween that I probably should have put horrors in them rather than fortunes!

These are perfect little treats for a Halloween spread  🙂

13 comments on “Healthy Homemade Fortune Cookies

  1. Looks delicious. Did you insert the paper fortunes before or after baking?

    • Eileen-
      Oh gosh, I totally forgot to add that to the instructions!! I added the paper fortunes after baking, not sure how/if they would hold up in the oven…
      Also, I cut up blank index cards because they are sturdier than flimsy paper and are easier to stick inside the cookies 🙂

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  3. These are amazing! I had no idea that you could make your own fortune cookies – and healthy ones, too!
    Absolutely brilliant.

  4. I really dig that you made these. The ones in the little plastic bags taste stale and I only really like them for the fortunes. These look super fun!


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  9. Are these safe for kids with a nut-allergy?

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