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Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies

Naturally colored, these Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies are a delicious after school or after work treat.

Pistachio Cookies Gluten Free #JustACallAway

As a single parent to a teen daughter (who made me read the entire Hunger Games Series), the odds are not in my favor. I have statistics constantly tell me the limitations and disadvantages of single parenting. But, I for one, have never been a fan of statistics.

In fact, I think this single parenting thing comes with it’s set of perks and advantages. For example, before my daughter was in my life, my roommates poked fun of me for talking to myself.

However, after my daughter came along, I wasn’t talking to myself anymore about the news, work, or the latest Robin Cook book! I was talking to her! Back then, if I had had an Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web plan, I might have talked to her all day while she was at daycare and I was at work! Bit much – huh?

Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies After School Snacks

As a result of all that talking early on, my daughter would often surprise me with her use of “big” words. Very often these words would come out during her bath-time as she played with her “Rubbadubbers”.

One evening, when she was around 4, she had me play the role of “Winona” Rubbadubber who happened to communicate by squeaking! Of course, she bossed me around as to what I should or shouldn’t be squeaking as Winona, and I of course didn’t stick to her script. As she started to get frustrated with me, she blurted out “Mommy YOU are PARAH-NOID!”

At first, I was thrilled that my little girl used “paranoid” in a sentence. But, then I started wondering if she really knew what it meant. When I asked her, she said “you know, parah-noid; a parent being annoying!” 😯 

Her younger self might have used that word completely out of context, but, I think her younger self was psychic! Because, all through her growing up, I sure have been one paranoid (not parah-noid) parent!

#JustACallAway Call When You Leave Call When You Get There Rules

Now that she is in high school AND driving, my paranoid self has one rule and that is she calls before she gets in her car AND as soon as she gets to her destination – no matter how many places she goes back and forth from!


To date, she has humored my paranoia and faithfully called me. Sometimes, she has even sent me a Google-hangout invite so we can chat face to face when she gets home – as she stuffs her face with homemade, better-for-her, only 138 calorie, Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies like these ones. That blender I purchased over a month ago sure has come in handy in grinding nuts!

Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies

So, let’s just say you left home, reached your destination, and figured out you didn’t have your phone on you…
Would you turn around and go get it and be late getting back? Or, would you go without it for as long as you have to?

And so I am not the only paranoid person around these parts – what are you most paranoid about?

Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies

Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Shashi
Naturally colored, these Gluten Free Pistachio Cookies are a delicious after school or after work treat.


  • 1 1/2 cups shelled and ground pistachios
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour can substitute for ground up oats – though ground up oats will make these softer than the tapioca flour did
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips optional


  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Preheat oven to 350 and form into cookie shapes
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy when cool


Serving: 1g | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g
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  1. It looks like you raised yourself a fine young lady. I love that she still faithfully listens to you! I love these 5-ingredients, gluten and diary free cookies. I need to make some! Pinning.

  2. All right. You might have a few paranoid ‘things’ (Note, I wasn’t the first to say that, haha), but that doesn’t matter at all because you can bake these delicious cookies, Shashi! 🙂 And remember please, never ever never ever ever could chocolate be optional! It’s a must! I might have told that already, but I’m willing to remind your every time!:) Well done, indeed!

  3. Hey Shashi – Love these cookies. And your daughter. Way to define paranoid. Kids: can’t live with ’em. Can’t live without ’em. Four, huh? My little Charlie used to use the word elusive and ominous at that age and it used to give us such a kick. If I don’t chat with you before the weekend….have a WONDERFUL weekend with your wonderful daughter. Save me a pistachio cookie. Pistachios are my fave.

  4. Kelly says:

    Haha yes, I definitely fit into the category of parents being annoying! I love pistachios and grinding them to make these bright and beautiful cookies is such a delicious idea!

  5. Your little girl (not so little now by the sounds of it!) always sounds like such a delight and I would love to meet her (and you of course!) Pistachios are obviously the ‘theme’ of the week because I just posted a pistachio recipe myself!
    I absolutely love any kind of healthy snack that tastes as good as I think these would. They are a great fun green colour, too!

  6. The Gastronomic Bong says:

    Pistachios! LOVE!! These cookies are brilliant.. Love it.. 😀

  7. cottercrunch says:

    oh yes, your cookie and my bite need a date! but let’s remember our phones! p.s. I wouldn’t go back for my phone. I dont think. But it depends on where i am going first

  8. I love pistachios, these cookies looks absolutely delightful Shashi!

  9. roseapowell says:

    Okay, so I just loved your background story on paranoid parenting. I love that your daughter continuously obliges your request (demands) that she check in before and after (a rule I share with my daughters). Great post. Thank you for sharing.

  10. nagimaehashi says:

    You are fast becoming my “go to” source for free-from recipes. And you constantly amaze because I ever actually think of them being gluten and/or dairy free, if that makes sense? A sign of a talented cook. 🙂

    Love reading about your daughter learning to speak too 🙂 And hey – what’s wrong with Hunger Games? What do you mean you were “forced” to read them? 😉

    Pinning of course!

    • Shashi says:

      You are too kind – thanks so much Nagi!

      My daughter read all the books before I did. When she was younger, I used to have a rule that if she wanted to see the movie version of a book, she had to read the book first.
      Well, that sort of stuck with her and she read the Hunger games series way, way before it became popular. So, when the movie came out, I took her to see it and well, I hadn’t read the books then, and I came from a country where children were being kidnapped by terrorists back then and being trained to be “killing machines” so when I saw the movie – well – I didn’t like the whole premise of it and my daughter and I did ALOT of debating about it all – she then convinced me that if we were gonna talk more about it, I had to read ALL the books and so that’s what I meant by being forced to. That was one heck of a long answer – I hope I didn’t loose ya…

  11. Pistachios <3
    My mom always had me and my brother text her when we got to our destination. Even just driving to school senior year of high school, we would have to send her a text once we got there. Even if it just said "k", it gave her the greatest peace of mind!

  12. Your daughters description of paranoid – sounds like something my 3-year-old would say!

  13. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    These cookies would be a huge hit at our home, Shashi. My husband is a loyal fan of white chocolate and who doesn’t love pistachios? These are surely a winner.

  14. Ashley says:

    haha Shashi you always make me laugh! And these cookies look fantastic! Pistachios are one of my very favorites and I love them in baked goodies!

  15. First of all, the cookies look delicious! A glass of milk to have them dipped in is a real temptation. Second, thanks for the update about Walmart text/dataweb plans.

  16. ashley says:

    I get anxiety when I forget my phone! How sad is that? But it’s true. It can ruin my entire day. Love the cookies and the color of them!

  17. Hate it when I forget my phone — which I do probably once a week. Never go back for it though. I pretend I’m a pioneer — they didn’t have phones. 😀 Anyway, great cookies — thanks.

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha! I need to take notes and try pretending I am a pioneer next time – though I don’t see it working for more than 5 seconds – then I’ll be off to go get my phone! Sad eh?! 🙂

  18. spicedblog says:

    Hahaha…I’m totally calling you Winona Rubbadubber from now on! Lil Shashi is lucky to have such an awesome parah-noid. 🙂 Hmmm, if I got somewhere and didn’t have my phone? At first, I would freak out thinking that I had lost it. Then (assuming I remembered I left it at home) I would probably just go about my day even though it would bother me to no end that I didn’t have my phone in my pocket. Isn’t it funny (and sad) how addicted we are to our smart phones now?? Speaking of addicted, I think I need some of these cookies in my kitchen. Like today. These look awesome, Winona!

    • Shashi says:

      I cannot wait to see what Lil Spiced is gonna call you when he has his own set of Rubbadubbers! Yes – you bet I will be sending one over via FedEx so we don’t have to worry about that mail-lady or faulty drones! 🙂

      I wish I could make it a day without my phone – with Lil Shashi driving and all, I’d go nuts if I didn’t have it! Funny and sad it most definitely may be – but I am definitely no Winona!

  19. taramdeal says:

    Such a clever idea to grind up pistachios!

  20. Joanne says:

    I think your daughter is going to be juuusssttt fine. Single parenting and all. 😛 These cookies are GORGEOUS! I am obsessed with all things pistachio and absolutely NEED THESE.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Joanne! I love pistachios too – have you been to Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry Shop in Brooklyn? They have THE BEST pistachio cake I’ve tasted – wash that down with an iced coffee of theirs and ooh – heaven in ma belly! 🙂

  21. Pistachios are my most favorite thing in the world. Besides cashew butter and oatmeal of course 😉
    Lovelovelove that you made these gluten free, and the fact that they’re green is SO FUN. Pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Taylor!!! I didn’t expect them to turn out green – but, guess I underestimated those pistachios! 🙂

      • Suzee says:

        Hi I used pistachios in the shell,which I had on hand. They turned out just a bit under a cup and a half….but,unlike yours,no green whatsoever! I was disappointed that they look more like ordinary chocolate chip( I didn’t have white chocolate,so I used regular;also added dried sour cherries)….they taste AMAZING!!!

        • Shashi says:

          Hi Suzee- thanks so much for letting me know – I am sorry about the color – I have experienced the same depending on the batch of pistachios – but I am so glad you liked the taste – love your idea of adding in sour cherries!
          Happy New Year!

  22. these looks so yummy! pistachios are my fav nut!

  23. dishofdailylife says:

    My oldest son went to private school and he used to be so good about calling me when he was on his way home…it gave me such peace of mind! I don’t know what I’d do if I forgot my phone…that’s such a interesting question. It’s funny how I didn’t even have one for years and years and now I feel like I am missing something if it is not with me. I think I could use a day without my phone. 🙂

    Anyway…your pistachio cookies look yummy! I could definitely go for a couple of those, even if it is breakfast time!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Michelle! You know what – my daughter and I munched on these for breakfast one day – they are not too unhealthy and all those nuts kept us full till past lunch!
      I think I need a day without my phone too (as long as my daughter is with me so I am not worried about her) it sure would be nice to totally unplug!

  24. hahaha, parah-noid–thta’s so cute! :] My parents were the same way, so much so that they actually talked me out of getting a license until after I graduated from college. x_x I pretty much walked everywhere until I was 22.5, haha.

    Those pistachio cookies look delicious! I want em’! <3

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Farrah – I remember you mentioning that you waited till after college – I did too – but for me it was because it was either a car or college and well – college sounded like a better deal in the long run 🙂

  25. Hahaha, “you know, parah-noid; a parent being annoying!” Loved this. 🙂 But I must say you are the most loving Mom, Shashi! 🙂 And these vibrant green cookies are just AWESOME. Loving this. I wish I could have at least 5-6 or maybe 10 cookies right away. 🙂

  26. hotlyspiced says:

    I wrote a really long comment on your previous post, the cheesecake, but then my internet crashed and my comment vaporised. I was saying how beautiful the cheesecake is and how I love a cashew cream cheesecake. And it was such a pretty colour. I was also replying to your question about whether we’ll be visiting Sri Lanka on our trip to India but unfortunately we’ll just be seeing Northern India on this tour. I do hope to make it to Sri Lanka one day. And your cookies are such a pretty colour and I think you’re an amazing single mom and it’s so lovely your daughter calls you often – mine calls me all the time too! xx

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Charlie – I actually was hoping that cheesecake turned out brighter – but, I guess I should have used beets eh? 🙂

      I hope you enjoy North India – I used to have friends from there when I was in high school. And I also hope you get to go to Sri Lanka – it is one heck of a beautiful island – and I am not just saying that 🙂