Healthy Bear Claw Cookies (GF, yeast-free, vegan, low-sugar)

By Ashley | Cookies

Apr 26

I have fond memories of indulging in a bear claw from Panera in my teenage years! Although I’ve had much better, fresher pastries since those still have a piece of my heart ♥️ 

I still mess around with yeasted and laminated doughs every now and then, but sometimes I crave a healthy homemade treat that comes together in minutes rather than an entire day of labor =)

Enter: these delicious cookies that have the same flavor profile (and similar texture!) as the fancier butter-laden pastry, without the blood-sugar roller coaster or need for a rolling pin and yeast!

Simple, easy, nourishing, and so yummy – these will become one of your go-to comfort desserts!

They’re great with a cup of tea or glass of non-dairy milk!

Enjoy! And don’t forget to tag @nourishwithashley on TikTok and IG when you whip up a batch =)

Healthy Bear Claw Inspired Cookies

Almond Filling:

1/4 c Almond flour

2 tbsp Monkfruit

1 tbsp Vegan butter – melted 

1 tbsp almond butter

Dash Almond extract 

Cookie dough: 

1/2 c GF flour blend like King Arthur 

1/3 c Almond flour

2 tbsp cassava flour

3 tbsp Vegan butter

2 tbsp non-dairy yogurt 

2 tbsp Maple syrup or coconut nectar 

Pinch Stevia or 1 tbsp granulated monkfruit

3/4 tsp Baking soda 

1/4 tsp Almond extract

Sliced or chopped almonds for topping

Coconut Butter for drizzling 


Mix the filling and cookie dough ingredients in separate bowls,

Roll 1 1/2 tbsp Dough into balls then shape each into a crescent shape.

Make an indentation in the center of each cookie and press 1 tsp filling into the cavity.

Top with almonds.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until dough is firm and edges are golden.

Optional: Glaze with melted coconut butter. 

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