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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies. These nutty, chocolatey cookies are nutrient-dense and packed with a variety of nuts and oats.
Refined-sugar-free, gluten-free, AND vegan. I highly recommend saving this recipe!
Is it hyperbole to call these dark chocolate chip cookies life-changing? I don’t think so.
After spending the past week with my adorable, light-of-my-life, 2-year-old niece Caroline, I was on a mission to create a healthy dessert that we both could feel good about eating.
While I’m not a purist when it comes to my sweets, I do like to take a nutrient-dense approach most of the time. I want to feel good about what I’m putting in my body, desserts included!
Of course, this same notion applies to feeding the little one as well.
So, I made these. Life-changing dark chocolate chip cookies. Gluten-free, flour-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened. Delicious for me and healthy for her!
Let’s make them.
Here is what you’ll need for these life-changing, dairy-free and grain-free cookies.
When I bake with my niece, I refuse to use any type of egg product since I know those little fingers will find themselves in the raw batter at every opportunity. Using a flax egg will help bind all the ingredients together without carrying any food illness risk.
If you haven’t used a flax egg in baking before, it’s simple. Whisk together 1 tablespoon ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons water and let sit until gelled. Since flaxseed meal is mostly soluble fiber, it will absorb the water creating a viscous jelly that can be used in any recipe that calls for eggs.
I’m very excited to share this dark chocolate cookie recipe with you all. However, because they are a bit different than regular chocolate chip cookies I highly recommend learning my tips and tricks for perfect grain-free cookies.
Here are a few of my tips and hacks for when it comes to making these vegan oatmeal cookies so they turn out delicious every time.
Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
Pulse walnuts and pecans in a food processor and pulse until finely ground (you may need to alternate in batches depending on how large your food processor is). You don’t want it to be butter, but it should resemble fine crumbs. From there, transfer nuts to a large bowl and place oats in a food processor and pulse until a fine flour forms.
Place the oats into the bowl with the nuts along with the baking powder, salt and cornstarch. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the ground flax seeds and water and let sit until gelled, about 5 minutes. Add the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the flax seed bowl and whisk together.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Gently fold in the milk chocolate chips.
Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop (or measuring cup), scoop out dough and gently press together and flatten with your hands. They might crumble a bit but should form into a cookie once pressed together.
If you mixture is too wet to form into balls, then I recommend chilling it in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden slightly.
Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, scoop the batter and form into balls using your hands so they don’t fall apart while baking. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet or a baking sheet linked with parchment paper and cook for 15 minutes until golden brown, though I recommend checking after 10 minutes.
Let cool for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove and place on cooling racks or the like until completely cooled.
These are the best tasting, most scrumptious, and healthiest chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll ever have! They’re refined-sugar-free, flour-free, and made with nuts. Get your oven started because these babies need to be baked ASAP!
Once they have cooled down, they can be stored in an airtight container. It’s best to store them at room temperature when possible as the sugar will harden and make it difficult for you to enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookie with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee.
Caroline dunked her cookie into a glass full of cold almond milk and she was in heaven. The next time we made these, we made a cookie sandwich with dairy-free vanilla ice cream. So yummy!
I hope you enjoy these dark chocolate chip cookies as much as we do. If you try it, make sure to come back, leave a comment and rate it. Your feedback helps others and seeing you make my recipes makes my day!
Life Changing Cookies! These cookies are a MUST save. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free, flour free and DELICIOUS. Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies.