One of the best childhood memories I have is dipping freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in milk. The delicious crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside flavor of the fresh chocolate chip cookie soaked in milk is something I can ever forget.

Being a child, you don’t really care about what you are eating as long as it is delicious. But now that I look at it, I really miss the delightful flavor of the cookies and the combination of it with milk.

Inspired by that memory and keeping the tradition alive, I have tried several recipes to get the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookies that resemble the cookies from my childhood.

However, after wasting tons of ingredients and failing a couple of times, I have finally found the recipe that gives the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookies. 

We have three words for these vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Delicious, heavenly, and delightful!

Chocolate chip cookies in a white plate on a white background

What are vegan, gluten-free cookies?

Can cookies be vegan? Well, most of us are skeptical about a vegan diet. We think opting for vegan diet means says bye to many of our favorite dishes and flavors. However, it is not the case. It is about choosing a different lifestyle. It is not about the flavors but the choices of ingredients. So, when you are going vegan, you don’t have to worry about giving up anything. It’s about enjoying every flavor with a healthy twist.

Talking about my vegan chocolate chip cookies, here is everything you need to know about them:

  • These are Dairy and gluten-free cookies.
  • They are Vegan sugar-free cookies.
  • These are Gluten-free egg-free cookies.

You might be surprised thinking how you can make cookies without eggs, sugar, and dairy. But here’s the thing! You can make anything you want with the right choice of ingredients, which in this case are all vegan.

So, these vegan cookies are made from gluten-free flour. As a result, it is a perfect cookie for those who are allergic to gluten. These cookies are full of flavor and are very healthy. These have the perfect texture. In short, you can’t get wrong with these cookies!

 

Is chocolate chip vegan?

Whether chocolate chip is vegan or not, it is a hot debate. Where most people consider it as vegan, some people think it is not vegan at all.

The reason is that chocolate chips are sometimes made from milk as well. So, since the milk is not coconut or soy milk, the chances that it is a non-vegan product are higher.

 Several brands are making a vegan version of chocolate and chocolate chips to satisfy vegan customers. You can find these easily at the vegan section of your grocery store.

To make these cookies, I used carob chips instead of chocolate chips but chocolate chips will work as well. I got my carob chips from Chatfield because they are vegan and gluten-free also used coconut sugar instead of regular sugar. It has the benefit of being less processed and doesn’t spike blood sugar as sugar does. To read more about coconut sugar go here.

Overlay ingredients for chocolate chips cookies

Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

These Vegan almond flour chocolate chip cookies are simple to make. They require simple ingredients that are readily available at all grocery stores. Besides, if you are a vegan, you will have almost all ingredients available in your pantry. And those that you don’t have, you can get them easily from the vegan or natural section of any grocery store. Here is a detailed discussion on all the ingredients these vegan cookies use:

  • All-purpose gluten-free flour: All-purpose flour sets the base for these cookies. Because it is a gluten-free recipe, you will have to use gluten-free flour. You can find it easily from any grocery store from the gluten-free aisle.
  • Almond flour: The next main dry ingredient is almond flour. Almond flour is also readily available from any grocery store. However, you can also make your known almond flour. It is a texture that resembles cornmeal rather than wheat flour. It gives density to the cookies.
  • Coconut sugar: because it is a sugar-free recipe, you won’t use regular sugar. Instead, I use coconut sugar. It is the most natural type of sugar you can find. It is made from palm sap of coconut and it is unprocessed; thus, it is far healthier than refined sugar. Also, it adds a slightly sweet note to the cookies.
  • Coconut oil: coconut oil is an essential part of these cookies. It gives the cookies the texture you crave. Coconut oil helps these cookies to spread up perfectly. Thanks to the oil, the cookies are soft from the inside.
  • Flax seeds: flax seeds are the magic behind this recipe. As you soak them in a little water, they puff up they add a unique texture and flavor to the cookies. Apart from this, they also add nutritional value to these cookies.
  • Almond milk: milk is an essential part of cookies. Because this is a vegan recipe, you can’t use whole milk. Therefore, the next best option is to use almond milk. However, you can also use coconut or soy milk. As long as the milk is vegan, it’s up to you which milk you use.
  • Baking powder: Now you can’t bake anything without adding baking powder, can you? Baking powder helps raise the cookies. They stay aerates without getting hard. They rise beautifully with baking powder.

making chocolate chip cookies

How to make vegan and gluten-free cookies?

These chocolate chip cookies are super easy to make. You don’t have to spend hours mixing the ingredients, shaping the cookies, putting them in the freezer, etc.; it is a simple process. Combine dry and wet ingredients separately and mix them. It’s pretty straightforward. Here is a step by step instructions on how to make Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies:

Step 1: Firstly, prepare a flax egg by adding ground flax seeds in water in a small bowl. Set it aside for 5 minutes until the flax seeds puff up and form a blob.

 2: Next, mix gluten-free flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt in a large bowl and set aside.

 3: In a medium bowl, add coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, and flax egg and mix well.

 4: Lastly, pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well until thoroughly combined; fold in chocolate/carob chips.

Step 5: Scoop out dough onto the parchment paper-lined baking tray and press to flatten using a fork. Place the baking tray in a preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes until the edges are brown.

chocolate chips cooks on cooling rack

Tips and tricks for the perfect vegan cookies

You might be a pro at baking, but baking these vegan cookies are a bit different than baking traditional cookies. So, to get everything perfect, here are a few tips and tricks you should follow:

  • If you want to make Vegan oat flour cookies, simply replace all-purpose flour with oat flour.
  • Adding coconut oil gives the cookies a soft texture. However, if you are looking for a crispy texture, you can substitute coconut oil with vegan butter.
  • I use almond milk for these cookies, but you can also use soy or coconut milk as well.
  • Once you shape the cookies, place the baking tray in the freezer and freeze for an hour. Remove from the freezer and put it in an airtight jar. This way, you can store the uncooked cookies in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you feel like eating them, thaw the dough and bake.
  • You can also store baked cookies in an airtight jar for up to 4 days.
  • If you want the cookies to be to stay crispier, store them in a glass jar.
  • If you want the cookies to stay soft, place them in a plastic container along with 1/4th slice of bread.
  • You can make these cookies in large batches. They are a perfect snack and dessert; you can also give these out as gifts to your friends and family.

holding chocolate chip cookies

Not just vegans love these gluten-free cookies; give these out to your non-vegan friends, and I bet they will love it too. These cookies are super delicious and have a perfect texture that will make everyone fall in love with them. Whether children or adults, no one will be able to keep their hands off the cookie jar.

So, give your baking skills a nudge and try these vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Take a dive into your childhood with a healthy vegan version of traditional chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!

Other Vegan Gluten-Free Cookies To Prepare

  1. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
  2. Vegan Persimmon Cookies
  3. Thumbprint Cookies
  4. Chinese Almond Cookies
  5. Mexican Wedding Cookies

vegan gluten free chocolate chips cookies on a white plate

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Nutrition

(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 181 kcal / 757 kJ
  • Fat: 99 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 23 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • For:
  • 18 Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Set aside.
  2. Prepare flax egg by mixing together ground flax seeds with water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt. In a medium bowl, mix coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla and flax egg.
  4. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients until fully combined, fold in chocolate/carob chips.
  5. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough onto the cookie sheet and press to flatten with a fork. Bake for about 15 minutes or edges are brown . Remove baking sheet from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes to firm up then transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool and firm up more.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.