Vegan Chai & Vanilla Cream Cookies

High amounts of sugar before bedtime can impact your sleep, but don’t worry, we’ve got a recipe that’s sweet, low in sugar and will do your body a world of good.

These vegan low-sugar cookies come from our friends at Health Food Project and are packed with good nutrients:

  • Almonds are amazing morsels containing both iron and zinc, both of which are essential for eliminating brain fatigue and balancing mood.
  • Cinnamon is great because it can aid in naturally balancing blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are balanced, your hormones can function in a way that allows for better sleep!
  • Nutmeg has a calming effect when consumed in smaller doses. According to Ayurveda, a pinch of nutmeg can have de-stressing effects and can be used with a pinch of cardamom for added benefits.

Chai & Vanilla Cream Cookies

(vegan, gluten free, low sugar)

Makes 12 filled cookies (24 single cookies)

Prep time: 30 minutes + soak time
Cook time: 15 minutes


Chai & Cinnamon Cashew Cream:

  • 2/3 cup natural cashews
  • 1 tbs loose leaf chai (we used an organic blend containing cardamon, star anise, cloves cinnamon and ginger)
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of vanilla
  • Water


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbs coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbs rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder


To make the cream:

  1. Soak the cashews for at least 30 minutes to an hour in plain water.
  2. Steep the chai tea in 1⁄2 cup hot water while the cashews are soaking.
  3. Pour the chai into a blender, along with the drained cashews and maple syrup. Blend until smooth and creamy and once combined, chill in the fridge.

To make the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Place mixture between 2 sheets of baking paper and use rolling pin to roll to 1mm thickness.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to cut out an even number of cookies. Place on a baking tray and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until slightly golden. Leave to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, pipe cashew cream onto one cookie, and top with a second. Continue until all cookies are filled. Enjoy.

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