Great Grannny’s Persimmon Cookies: Paleo-ized

I paleo-ized my Great Granny's Persimmon Cookies. Soft & sweet like Granny used to make.

It is cold outside and I don't feel good.  Feel bad for me?  Please don't.  I have Caddyshack on TV, a fuzzy blanket and persimmon cookies to console me.  I'm going to be okay.  I Promise.  I am just experiencing a little immune response from a vaccination booster.  Means my immune system is working, so that is a good thing?

It's that time of year: persimmon time!  They normally don't grow here in Canada, but there is one feral tree locally!  They are picked early before the frost and live on my counter-top for at least 4 weeks before they are ripe.  Delicious (and beautiful) on their own, I eat some plain, but the rest need to be dealt with.  I wanted to have a persimmon super model photo shoot on my beautiful Okanagan Block Company cutting board.  That guy (John) makes some beautiful stuff, check out his Facebook page.

Last year I made a slow cooker korma with my gorgeous local persimmons.  But this year, I wanted something different.  My aunt (my favorite aunt) shared Great Granny's recipe for persimmon cookies; I had to paleo-ize it.  This exact recipe came up a handful of times after a search; must have been really popular at one time!  I made a batch of persimmon cookies, exactly as the recipe called (something I find hard to do, following instructions).  I had to go to the store to buy regular sugar and white flour.  The result was a beautiful cake style soft cookie.  (see below)

When I was done photographing my cookies and had eaten enough of them to feel absolutely gross; (yes white sugar, white flour, and probably 7 cookies later).  I went to work testing a paleo version. Raj shared his Otto's Cassava Flour with me, which made the conversion easy.  Cassava flour can be substituted 1:1 with regular old wheat flour!  It's not quite the same texture, but close!    Luckily I have enough persimmon pulp to make another batch, I'll be eating delicious paleo persimmon cookies well into next week!  And hopefully I feel better…

I paleo-ized my Great Granny's Persimmon Cookies. Soft & sweet like Granny used to make.

Great Grannny's Persimmon Cookies: Paleo-ized

  • Author: Holley -
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 12-15 min
  • Total Time: -25706039.283333 minute
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven


I paleo-ized my Great Granny's Persimmon Cookies. Soft & sweet like Granny used to make.


  • 1 cup persimmon pulp (approx 4 med persimmons in a food processor until “pulpy”)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup ghee or butter
  • 1/2 cup palm or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Otto's cassava flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Blend persimmon, ghee, palm sugar, and egg together.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cassava flour).
  4. Slowly mix into wet ingredients until well blended.
  5. Bake 375F for 12-15 minutes.


I paleo-ized my Great Granny's Persimmon Cookies. Soft & sweet like Granny used to make.

About the Author:

Real food fan. My first love is baking, and it keeps me sane. I am new to the Paleo lifestyle, but already infatuated. Recovering sugar Junkie. Love awkward situations, drunk people and ridiculously high heeled shoes, especially when they coincide. Always looking for my next great story.


  1. Ruth November 28, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    I don’t think I have ever eaten a persimmon!

    • Raj November 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      I hadn’t until last year either. Holley was mentioning maybe mango pulp would work well as a sub.

  2. sunshine5109 November 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Do you know if there is a Canadian source for Cassava flour?

    • Raj November 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Sunshine,

      Yes, I have come across a couple of options which I will be sharing links to as soon as I get a chance. I’ll try and get that to you tomorrow (I’ve been trying to find the best options since I got my bag).

    • Raj December 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      OK, so this company (One Stop Paleo Shop) ships to many places around the world, including Canada. This is one of the most affordable options that I’ve been able to find, aside from making your own cassava flour – so please let me know if you find any other options.

      One Stop Paleo Shop has a load of other paleo products!

    • Raj December 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Sorry about the delay in the having the links in the post work. They’re good now.

  3. lesleybolton December 1, 2015 at 2:52 am - Reply

    This is recipe looks really interesting. I might have to just give it a try! I’ve never had a persimmons nor have I have Cassava flour (what is that anyway?). Might as well check both off the list at the same time!

    • Raj December 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm


      Cassava is a starchy tuber native to the tropics, also known as Brazilian arrowroot, manioc, tapioca, and sometimes yuca (not yucca).

      Cassava flour is different than tapioca flour because of the procedure used to process the plant. They taste and behave differently (according to Otto’s FAQ).

      Cassava flour is “the next generation in grain-free baking”. It can be substituted 1:1 for wheat flour in many recipe. Texture and taste is more similar to wheat flour than any other grain-free nut-free alternatives.

      That’s what my research came up with!

  4. Justine @ December 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Hey Holley! It’s my first time visiting your blog, I’m visiting after you left a comment on my Dark Chocolate Raspberry Energy Bites today! Hello from Calgary. 🙂

    I’m been on a huge persimmon kick this autumn / winter. I have a Spicy Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie recipe on the blog, and I’ve been working on a Persimmon Bread recipe, too. These little cookies look so tasty and sound right up my alley. I’m really interested to try the Cassava flour — I’m going to Pin it to remind me to investigate further later.

    Nice to connect with you! Have a great weekend.

    ~ Justine

    • Holley December 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks for visiting Justine! Your energy balls look so darn delicious… Drool factory! We have a persimmon korma recipe from last year, if I could get my hands on a few more pounds… We do have an affiliate link for cassava flour, I haven’t had a chance to play with it much yet either!

    • Justine @ December 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Holley! I’ll check it out. 😉

  5. Tina Davidson November 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great recipe. I did not have any cassava flour on hand so I substituted millet flour instead (I also omitted nutmeg). I like how they turned out. This was my first attempt at baking with persimmons. I love that the cookies are not super sugary! Yay. 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Holley November 14, 2017 at 7:29 am

      I am glad they worked with the substitutions! I love persimmons!

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