Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Saturday!

I’m so excited to share this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe today because I just realized something: for as much as I love to bake cookies, this blog is seriously lacking recipes to show for it. Then, I realized why – the camera can hardly snap a photo before Jack reaches his hand into the frame, and they all disappear. Waiting for me to arrange warm cookies nicely on a plate is not something this guy I’m with usually has the patience for.

But today, we were able to get a few shots of these, and I couldn’t be happier, because these vegan chocolate chip cookies are my new favorite treat!

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

About these vegan chocolate chip cookies

These vegan cookies are made with coconut oil instead of butter. I like using it because it’s a great healthy non-dairy fat that’s less processed than vegan butter substitutes. While I use a flax “egg” to hold these together, a regular egg will work fine here if you’re not vegan and don’t have flax.

You’ll notice, this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe yields a small batch. If you are making cookies for your family, you can easily double it. For Jack and me, 12 vegan cookies is the perfect number.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies on a baking sheet

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 cookies (double recipe if you want more)
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • ½ cup spelt flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, slightly softened (not melted)
  • ½ cup cane sugar (or regular sugar or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond milk
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), add ground flax and warm water. Stir until combined and let it sit and "gel" for a few minutes while you prep the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda and salt.
  4. To your large mixing bowl, add the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients, and mix until well incorporated. If the batter is too thick and sticky, add a tablespoon or two of almond milk.
  6. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop balls of dough onto your cookie sheet. Bake for 8-11 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges.
Notes
Whole wheat can be used in place of the spelt flour.

For a non-vegan version, you can use 1 egg, just skip the flax and water.

Butter can be substituted for coconut oil.

For a richer cookie that flattens out more - increase coconut oil by 2 tablespoons.

 

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  1. June Burns
    02.28.2015

    Such adorable little cookies! So soft and plump, mmmm 🙂

    • You nailed it with the word plump. That’s exactly it! This will be my first experience with spelt flour, crossing my fingers!! And I think I will add the walnuts for sure, was reading that eating a handful of walnuts actually decreases belly fat, which is convenient in particular when eating a cookie.

  2. These look seriously perfect! I love all your vegan recipes because they never require totally weird ingredients and they always work out perfectly. I’d been secretly hoping for a classic chocolate chip so I’m thrilled! Pinned these 🙂

  3. looks delicious! I agree, I’m all about the small batch cookies because you know they are just gonna get gobbled up in one day no matter how many there are. Can i ask, what is the point of half spelt half AP flour. Does it affect the taste or texture much?

    • jeanine
      02.28.2015

      I like to use spelt instead of whole wheat (I think it has a lighter taste but it’s healthier than AP). But I still like to use half AP for overall lightness.

  4. Pey-Lih
    02.28.2015

    Happy Saturday, indeed! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe.

  5. Shae from hello-homebody.com
    02.28.2015

    What brand of chocolate chips do you use? I’m dairy-free and have yet to find vegan chocolate chips, even semi-sweet chips contain milkfat or list milk under ingredient allergens.

  6. Devan
    02.28.2015

    hey Shea, Its amazing how many different foods you can make look tasty with only using vegan friendly ingredients. when I used to think of vegan food before I saw this the image I had of it wasn’t the best. Now that I see you can make cookies it makes me want some. Really nice blog, I liked it a lot. If you haven’t done vegan brownies yet you should try to make those.

  7. Kari from sweetteasweetie.com
    02.28.2015

    I love chocolate chip cookies! These look good!

  8. If you ever need some in a hurry and don’t have time to bake, Trader Joes Vegan CC cookies are awesome!

  9. Kirsti from etsy.com
    03.02.2015

    These look amazing and I love that they are a smaller batch as it’s just me and my boyfriend 🙂 I’ve only recently discovered this blog and just want to see I find your recipes really tasty and inspiring!

  10. Kirsti from etsy.com
    03.02.2015

    These look amazing and I love that they are a smaller batch as it’s just me and my boyfriend 🙂 I’ve only recently discovered this blog and just want to say I find your recipes really tasty and inspiring!

  11. Thank you for posting this recipe! I want to bake these this weekend. It says in the recipe that whole wheat flour can replace the spelt flour… but can the spelt flour or some other flour equally replace the whole wheat flour? Like coconut, almond, tapioca, potato, etc? I’ll look this up.

    • jeanine
      03.02.2015

      Hi Naomi, I can’t say for sure without having tried them. Also – those flours you mentioned are very different from spelt/wheat so it’s likely the ratios would not be the same. (ie, I know coconut flour requires a much higher liquid ratio).

  12. Bookmarking these to make for my hubby, I don’t make him enough vegan sweet treats. I also add flaxseeds to a lot of my bakes and it goes into my wee boy’s porridge every morning too.

  13. termet from termet-rzeszow.pl
    03.24.2015

    I love this simple cookies

  14. Lyndsay from livingwithcowsmilkproteinallergy.com
    04.22.2015

    These look awesome! Do you know if it’ll work using just spelt flour instead of all purpose flour? and would it be the same quantity needed?

  15. cazzawazzadingdong
    04.23.2015

    These little baby’s are amazing. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I used what I had on hand so I replaced the spelt flour with rice flour and instead of vanilla essence I used pure maple syrup! Delicious!

    • jeanine
      04.27.2015

      I’m so glad you liked them!!

  16. Avilla Sage
    05.05.2015

    Indeed! This look is seriously perfect, I love baking when i’m home and I need to try this one, everyone will love this when they try it.

  17. Kavita
    01.05.2016

    I tried these today and they turned out soooo good! My 4 year old (who’s super picky, to say the least) gobbled them up too. I used date sugar instead of cane sugar and whole wheat flour in place of spelt flour, like you suggested. Thanks for your wonderful blog, creative recipes, and delectable photos!!

    • jeanine
      01.06.2016

      thanks Kavita! I”m so glad you and your daughter enjoyed them. I’ll have to try using date sugar!

  18. Charlotte
    02.24.2016

    Thank you so much for all the recipes. I tried this one this afternoon and… They were the most delicious cookies I’ve ever had ! So crunchy, and very soft in the middle! A real success, my family loved it !
    Thank you again,
    xx from Switzerland 🙂

  19. xiomara
    02.29.2016

    these were awesome ! thank you for sharing the recipe !

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.01.2016

      so glad you liked them!

  20. gino
    05.10.2016

    Tried out this recipe as I can’t eat wheat any longer but Spelt is ok. With that said, holy wowser, these are terrific. I ate the entire recipe in one sitting…I guess I’ll have make it again tonight. 🙂

  21. jocelyn
    07.30.2016

    Wondering if all of the flour can be replaced with a GF AP flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.31.2016

      Hi Jocelyn, I have used all GF flour, but I haven’t experimented with too many brands in this particular recipe. I’d say if you have a favorite GF AP flour that you use for other recipes, it should work here. I’ve made these successfully with this one: https://bonadeaglutenfree.com/

  22. Lexie
    02.14.2017

    Hey! I was wondering if I could substitute some of the coconut oil with organic apple sauce? I was thinking half and half. Let me know what you think.
    Cheers,
    Lexie

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.17.2017

      Hi Lexie, I think that might work but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure – if you give it a go can you let me know how it works out?

  23. Yui
    07.28.2017

    I just made the cookies, and reduce 20% of sugar, it’s so delicious~ too dangerous! haha Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.30.2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  24. Tina
    01.16.2018

    These were soooo good! Really like how it had spelt and oats. Have you tried with all spelt flour? Maybe that was in the comments somewhere. Awesome recipe thanks!

  25. Ada Orie
    12.07.2018

    Finally, I have been looking for a vegan recipe and I plan to try this one for the holidays. Thank you.

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