Enjoy Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies with Pecans

These gluten-free vegan shortbread cookies are awesomely delicious! They even melt in your mouth like regular shortbread and they are vegan too. I was determined to keep out the unhealthy starches, adding only a little healthy arrowroot and of course no white sugar.

These cookies are one of the many recipes in my Healthy Baking Class

Find out more about the healthy ingredients I use for this recipe:

Coconut oil: Coconut oil once thought as a heart disease-causing saturated fat is now been proclaimed ‘the healthiest oil on earth. Learn about this healthy oil.

Coconut sugar – Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut flowers by boiling it down to dry sugar blocks or a soft paste or a granulated form. Coconut sugar contains a higher amount of nutrients compared to brown sugar as it has some amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, sulfur, and micronutrients.

Stevia –  is a natural sweetener alternative that helps to regulate blood sugar and lower blood pressure. The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you.  The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter. Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness

Brown Rice Flour -Has become a staple in my baking adding fiber and nutrition.   It assists in weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol and balances energy.  It is low cost and adds a somewhat dry gritty crumbly texture.

White Rice Flour – I use this for shortbread and pastry making as it adds a lightness and texture.  It works best when combined with high protein flours to balance texture and build the structure. Caution: Use only small amounts as it has less nutrition than brown and is tending to be starchy.

Potato Flour – is high in fibre and protein and is a fine creamy white-yellow powder.  It is made from dehydrated whole potatoes and is a healthy substitute for xanthan gum or guar gum. Cautions: Don’t confuse with potato starch. Use much less.

Arrowroot -Well tolerated by food-allergic people, even those with multiple allergies.  High nutritional properties that enhance baking performance.  It has a chewy texture and increased browning capabilities.  It is one of the few healthy starches- read my article  Arrowroot Flour for Healthy Gluten-Free Baking

Himalayan Salt – salt that is actually healthy for you!

Pecans– Pecans are gourmet nuts with a delicious buttery taste and not just in a pecan pie. Also, pecans have an abundance of health benefits making them a great superfood addition to our meals and even our snacks!

Now time to make my shortbread cookies!

Gluten-Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword cookies, shortbread
Author Diana Herrington


  • 1 cup virgin Coconut Oil melted on very low heat
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup potato flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  • In a bowl add the coconut oil, coconut sugar, and liquid stevia and mix well.
  • In another bowl, mix in the flours, arrowroot, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture slowly to the coconut oil mixture while beating.
  • Form the dough into small 1 inch balls.
  • Roll each ball into the chopped pecans.
  • Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.
  • Place the balls onto the greased cookie sheet and flatten with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake them for 8 – 10 minutes at 325º F.


Makes 24 – 26 cookies

Here are more of my delicious cookie recipes:

Molasses/Tahini Cookies
Yummy Molasses/Tahini Cookies

 Fancy Sunflower Seed Cookies – Gluten Free – These sunflower seed cookies really are fancy, delicious and healthy too! Often cookies are made with lots of butter, white flour and white sugar which are not healthy ingredients. I have developed them with healthy ingredients and no starch.

 Delicious Gluten-Free Hermit Cookies – These delicious gluten-free hermit cookies are not overly sweet which is why we like them. The best thing is that they are full of very healthy ingredients and are vegan too. They do have a bit of a drier texture than the ones with wheat in them but don’t be concerned and are still yummy.

  Yummy Molasses/Tahini Cookies – These molasses/tahini cookies are Middle Eastern-inspired, delicious, and easy to make! They are a very healthy cookie full of nutrients from the molasses and tahini. Also, they are vegan, and gluten-free too!  And they are so very yummy.

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