If I HAD to pick cookies are probably my favourite thing to eat ever. I'll take them any and all times of day. I love to bake cookies but the problem is I will eat them all. At once. So I usually just make them for dinner parties only to share the cookie love.
On friday night we had some vegan friends over and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try my hand at vegan baking for the first time. The results were surprisingly delicious if I do say so myself! These will be a staple I'll turn to again and again!
* Inspired by these from Oh She Glows
- 1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (do not melt)
- 1/4 cup peanut or almond butter
- 2/3 cup unpacked brown suga4
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, processed into flour (or 1.5 cups oat flour)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (only if needed to moisten batter)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I LOVE Enjoy Life brand - pictured)
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flax and water and set aside for a few minutes so it can thicken up. Whisk the flax egg again once thickened.
- Add the rest of the wet ingredients into the bowl with the flax egg (coconut oil, sunflower seed butter, brown sugar, cane sugar, and vanilla). With a hand-held electric mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and smooth.
- Now, beat in the dry ingredients, one by one, as you go down the ingredient list (baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, oat flour). If your dough is a bit dry, add a teaspoon (or two) of non-dairy milk and beat the mixture again. The dough should be moist enough to form balls without cracking, but not super sticky.
- Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand.
- Shape balls of dough (about the size of a golf ball or 2 heaping tablespoons) and place on the baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Gently press down on each ball with your hand to form a disc (it should be 1/2-inch thick or so).
- Bake for about 12-13 minutes (I baked for 13 mins) until the cookies are spread out nicely.
NOTE: I make oat flour in the vitamix - just blend until it becomes flour - about 20 seconds.