Moist and tasty with a cake-like texture, these gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies are made with healthy ingredients like apple sauce and maple syrup.
Looking to make some sweets for your sweet but don’t want to stray too far from the healthy road? This gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe is a healthier interpretation of a classic.
- Protein-rich chia seeds replace the egg.
- Apple sauce and a bit of grapeseed oil replace the butter.
- Maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Moist and Tasty is Key
When our daughter was diagnosed with a wheat allergy we quickly learned not all gluten-free products are created equal. If it doesn’t say “moist and tasty” on the package, it probably isn’t. The additional need to avoid dairy can make it extra tricky. It’s hard to find good store-bought gluten-free AND dairy-free chocolate chip cookies. The better option is to make your own.
These gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies are actually pretty simple.
- You mix the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients.
- Add some chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop rounded spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake.
You can have warm, gooey-chocolatey, cake-like cookies in about 30 minutes.
About Xanthan Gum
I use xanthan gum as a binder/stabilizer. If you avoid xanthan gum (it’s a possible allergen for some folks) ZestforBaking.com offers some possible substitutes.
I like the consistency achieved with xanthan gum.
Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 ¼ cups gluten-free all purpose flour I use Bob’s Red Mill
- ½ tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup grape seed oil
- ½ cup natural unsweetened applesauce
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dairy-free mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans are nice
- Grind 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds in a blender or coffee grinder and stir into ¼ cup of water and set aside to allow to thicken.
- Preheat oven to 375º. (I like to use my convection toaster oven - which heats up quickly, so I usually preheat after the dough is mixed - but you’ll want to turn a conventional oven on sooner.)
- Combine flour, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir with a wire whisk to mix the ingredients.
- Add chia seed mixture, grape seed oil, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and stir with a large spoon until the ingredients are well mixed.
- Add chocolate chips and chopped nuts and stir to mix well.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop rounded spoonfuls of dough about 2 inches apart on the paper.
- Bake 8-10 minutes in a conventional oven or until cookies are set and tops begin to brown. (Bake 7-8 minutes in a convection toaster oven.)
- Use a spatula to remove cookies from baking sheet immediately and cool on a wire rack.
Note: I do not include nutrition information with my recipes because I subscribe to the theories presented in the book Whole and believe we should focus on eating a variety of whole foods instead of counting calories or keeping track of individual nutrients.