Yacon-sweetened cookies

Move over stevia, we’ve got a new non-glycemic, raw, natural, low-calorie, organic sweetener in the house! Yacon powder, a sugar substitute made from the root of the South American yacon plant, might just have a chance at becoming my new friend. Coined the “apple of the earth,” it seems yacon’s greatest attribute is its naturally high content of inulin, a complex sugar that isn’t digestible and simply passes through the body. It also promotes the production of healthy probiotics within the body, which contribute to better digestion and colon health, and help with the absorption of calcuim and minerals. Because of these benefits, yacon is being promoted as a valuable health food and alternative sweetener.

Chocolate Chip Hemp Cookies | A Dash of CompassionYacon powder is lighter in taste than the more popular syrup form, which has a flavour that is often described as a cross between an apple and molasses. Much like brown rice flour in texture, with a yellowish colour reminiscent of the desert, the powder form tastes sweet and starchy, with a fruity undertone. I picked up a box in Kensington market a few weeks ago and it sat on my shelf until I figured out what to do with it (sometimes my inspiration is a slow process). Then I had a revelation: the sweet, fruity flavour of yacon and the richness of dark chocolate chips practically beg for a marriage via cookie combination!

In this recipe, oats and almond meal add a wonderful flavour complexity and the coconut oil gives them a shortbread-like texture, making these a truly remarkable treat. Because yacon is found in the desert, it likes to absorb moisture, so you may notice it clumps very easily once opened. I just run it through my spice grinder before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. I also made my own oat flour and almond meal by grinding whole oats into flour and whole almonds to a fine meal. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do!

Chocolate Chip Hemp Cookies | A Dash of Compassion

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Chocolate chip hemp cookies

Yield: one dozen


  • 1 cup oat flour (use certified gluten-free, if necessary)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup yacon powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp warm water, if needed
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, almond meal, yacon powder, hemp hearts, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add the coconut oil and mix to combine. If the dough seems dry, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time. The mixture should stick together when pressed between two fingers. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Roll the mixture into flat disks by hand and place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Allow to cool completely. Store cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature.



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13 Responses to “Yacon-sweetened cookies”

  1. peasoupeats — March 31, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    Yacon powder – curious! I like the inclusion of hemp hearts too. They look so tasty and what a pretty little bowl:)

  2. Nicole — March 31, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    peasoupeats: Thanks! Yacon powder is unlike anything I've used before, since it's a similar texture to flour.

    We should seriously do a sweetener swap :)

  3. jess@HealthyExposures — March 31, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    The yacon sounds really interesting! I'd heard of the syrup before, but never tried it. By the description it;s lovely, though :] different kinds of sweeteners fascinate me!

  4. VeganLisa — April 1, 2011 @ 12:36 am

    I'm so happy to see you put that yacon powder to good use!

  5. Pure2raw Twins — April 1, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Cookies look great! We love yacon syrup and power, love the flavor it provides! Favorite thing it drizzling some yacon syrup over my puddings :)

  6. Nicole — April 1, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    jess: Alternative natural sweeteners fascinate me, too :) You should give yacon a try!

    VeganLisa: Indeed, I did! I used almost the entire box while creating and testing this recipe :)

    Pure2raw Twins: Yay for yacon! I've got to give the syrup a try.

  7. Cara — April 2, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    very interesting, I wasn't aware that yacon powder and syrup were lower calorie than other sweeteners. I will certainly be on the lookout to pick some up!

  8. Mihl — April 3, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    I never heard about yacon before. It sounds interesting! The cookies look wonderful

  9. Maija Haavisto — April 25, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    I've never had yacon, but I've been supposed to buy it. This sounds both good and healthy (especially as far as cookies go).

  10. Emily — May 12, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    Just made these today with my dad. Omitted the hemp hearts since we didn't have them and added a bit more chocolate chunks. They were amazing and a great use of yacon.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  11. Nicole — May 23, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    Emily: Thank you for your feedback. I'm so glad you and your dad enjoyed the cookies!

  12. Anonymous — June 16, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Can you use the syrup instead? I would love to try it but only have the syrup.

  13. Nicole — June 16, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Anonymous: Unfortunately replacing powdered yacon with syrup won't work because it will change the consistency of the dough. Sorry!