Vegan and gluten free chocolate chunk cookies, made with a base of almond flour, oat flour, and date (or coconut) sugar. Healthy(ish) and with plenty of chocolate to go around. Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post!
I haven’t posted in a while as I’ve been dealing with a major depressive episode – more on that another day. In the meantime, I’m back with a great vegan, gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies
There are a number of bits and bobs going into these cookies to make sure they taste great – almond flour, almond butter, caramel-like date sugar, and (of course) more chocolate than you probably need. This is my go-to for gluten free cookies and I think they’re just as good as my rye chocolate chip cookies.
Everything’s mixed in a single bowl – as you can see in the video – for less mess and more fun. And while I’m not averse to tossing an egg in my cookie dough, these really don’t need it. I love how easy these cookies are.
Right now is cookie baking season, I know, but chocolate chip cookies are good year round and this recipe isn’t holiday specific anyway. (But if you’re looking, here’s a collection of healthy Christmas cookies.)
Using Almond Flour in Cookies
Nuts are the secret weapon of any excellent vegan cookie – they add richness, a buttery flavour, and an improved texture. These cookies use both almond flour and almond butter for what amounts to the best gluten free and vegan cookie around.
A mix of almond flour, oat flour, and a little arrowroot form the base here, giving a subtly nutty flavour and truly excellent texture, chewy and just slightly crisp around the edges. You’re not going to get the same cookie as with a butter/eggs/sugar base, but it’s pretty damn good as is.
I’ve used the natural almond flour from Bob’s, an ultra-fine grind. I prefer the fine grind to a coarser one in cookies. I made my own oat flour in a mill, but a good food processor does the trick, or just buy oat flour. Arrowroot is a big part of what holds these cookies together, a bit like an egg normally would.
While I really love the deep, dark flavour of date sugar in these cookies, coconut sugar is a great substitution. You might be able to get away with maple sugar but I haven’t tried that.
I like coconut milk for a little extra richness, but any type of milk works, so I haven’t specified in the ingredient list. You can even use water in a pinch. Coconut oil can be switched out for olive or another liquid oil (though make sure to read the recipe notes if you’re switching it).
Of course the dark chocolate bar can be changed out to chocolate chips. I would use chips but they’re so hard to find here and outlandishly expensive when I can find them, and those big melted pools of chocolate are pretty attractive.
I haven’t tested with any flour types other than oat as the accompanying flour, but I think teff might work, and rye does if you don’t need them to be gluten free. Chopped nuts are a great add-in here, and so are sliced almonds!
More great healthy-ish cookies
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- 60 grams / 1/2 cup almond flour
- 60 grams / 1/2 cup oat flour
- 90 grams / 1/2 cup date sugar*
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 150 grams / 1/2 cup almond butter
- 4 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons softened coconut oil**
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 70 grams / 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped, or chips
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oat flour, sugar, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda.
- Add the almond butter, milk, oil, and vanilla to the bowl. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix until a dough forms.
- Place the chocolate into the bowl and use a spoon to fold it in, making sure it's incorporated throughout.
- Form 12 cookies, rolling the dough into balls and flattening slightly on the prepared baking sheet. Leave about 5cm / 2 in. between each cookie.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until very slightly harder on the edges and still soft in the centre. It will be difficult to tell if they've browned as the dough is dark, so go by feel.
- Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before moving the cookies to a rack to cool fully. These keep well for a couple of days at room temperature and freeze well in an airtight container for up to a month.
* Coconut sugar can be substituted for date sugar. If you go by weight, it's 100g coconut sugar.
** Olive oil, or another liquid oil, can be used in place of coconut oil. Reduce the milk to 3 tablespoons if switching this.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 4g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 135mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 11g Protein: 5g