A super-easy New Year’s gluten-free Melting Moments recipe

How can we improve a shortbread? Make one, two and sandwich them together with butter cream…


I’m sure you’ve all tried a melting moment in your lifetime. Another bright Australian idea, this aptly named biscuit is as delicious as it is naughty. Under the watchful, green eye of James Mcloughlin, co-founder of Melbourne’s healthy cafe, Green Press, we’ve put together a super-easy, clean version of this Aussie classic – the short bread is made up of only four ingredients and the filling only three. In terms of nutrition, coconut flour is a gluten free flour, rich in dietary fibre, high in beneficial fats, safe for diabetics and packed with protein. Coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats that stabilise blood sugar levels. Paleo and vegan friendly, and suitable for dairy, gluten and nut allergies, these are the ultimate crowd-pleaser (or fussy-guest pleaser).

Melting Moments Recipe



3/4 cup soften coconut oil
4 tablespoons maple syrup/honey/rice malt syrup/coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla 

1 cup + 5 tablespoons coconut flour


1/2 cup softened coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup/honey/rice malt/coconut sugar
1-2 teaspoon lemon juice
1-2 teaspoon zest of lemon 



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  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with
    baking paper.
  2. In a bowl whip the wet ingredients together with a fork until smooth, white and fluffy.
  3. Fold in the coconut flour.
  4. Spoon out 1.5 tablespoons of mixture and roll into a ball. These are very delicate so be careful or try adding some more coconut oil to make it easier.
  5. Place on tray and press down with a fork to flatten slightly
  6. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

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  1. Blend or process ingredients together.
  2. Adjust the sweetener and lemon to taste.
  3. If it starts to become too runny place in the fridgecovered for about 15 minutes and whip again.


  1. Sandwich two shortbreads together with about 1 tablespoon of butter cream.
  2. Store in the fridge.
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James McLoughlin
James McLoughlin is the cofounder of Green Press, a true pioneer in the health and wellness space, dispelling the stigma that health is boring. Green Press was created to help people feel alive. Their flagship cafe in Melbourne, informative blog, and online store offer an inspiring insight into the world of healthy living. James works closely with his brother Miles, both received their nutritional education in NYC. Chef Miles worked at multiple Michelin Star winning restaurants in Manhattan whilst James managed both a Manhattan restaurant and a juicing food truck. The brothers decided they were ready to go out on their own and moved to Melbourne, Australia and open the city's first organic cold pressed juice bar, launching Green Press in November 2013. Green Press now shares it's healthy message online through their online store and blog where you can find healthy recipes, lifestyle tips and inspiration.