Better question, do you believe chocolate chip cookies can be healthy AND taste completely delicious?
On Wednesday, we shared a recipe for homemade coconut butter. We promised a delicious recipe using it and I decided that whatever was made, it was going to be completely vegan. Having had successes with vegan almond butter cookies and peanut butter cookies, I knew the cookie category was a safe place. Trying out “vegan chocolate chip cookies” seemed like an excellent idea.
You can find a lot of vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. While many claim to be the chewiest or the healthiest or the best thing you’ve ever eaten, it’s easy to find fault with them if they are not your favorite kind of cookie- texture, size, flavor, whatever. I’m not going to claim anything with these, but for my first attempt at a vegan chocolate chip cookie, they are up there with my favorite recipes! I went for the gooey, soft version. As far as taste goes, they are delicious, but with a slightly unique twist.
Because I used coconut butter, it added a slight coconut sweetness. Without being overpowering, these had a hint of coconut undertones. I think the coconut butter really contributed to these cookies nice shape and dense texture though, so if you are very sensitive to coconut flavor, give it a try anyway! I personally used to hate coconut, and to me, the flavor of these cookies just resemble that sought after buttery, chocolate-y chip cookie goodness. With a healthy dose of chocolate chips and natural butter extract, these healthy cookies become as tempting as any other!
Deliciously Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan)
2 Tablespoons Coconut Butter
2 Tablespoons Neutral Oil of choice (like a neutral coconut oil or grape seed oil)
2/3 cup Coconut Sugar
2 Tablespoons Xylitol
1/4 cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Natural Butter Extract
1/4 teaspoon Pink or Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
Heaping 1/2 cup *Sugar Free Chocolate Chips
1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons White Spelt Flour
Measure out your applesauce and allow to reach room temperature. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine your coconut butter and oil and mix well. Add the coconut sugar, xylitol and applesauce and stir to combine. Add the vanilla and butter extract, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Stir the batter to combine well. Add 1/2 cup of flour and stir to combine. Then add the chocolate chips with the remaining flour. The dough should be a tad bit sticky, but not unmanageable! Spoon out rounded teaspoons of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes for extra soft cookies or 10-11 for more firm cookies.
Makes 12-15 cookies
*I’ve seen different brands of sugar free vegan chocolate chips at health food stores and online, but of course, any kind of chocolate chips will work great! You could also try using carob chips!