Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies


When I was a kid, if you had asked me the definition of love, I would have said cookies. In my mind, baking and gifting cookies was just about the most thoughtful thing you could do. After all, who doesn’t love cookies? And it seems I haven’t changed much. For Valentine’s Day, I decided to experiment with Tony’s favorite sweet ingredients, and these Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies emerged from our oven.

Super Chocolate Chunky Monkey Oatmeal Cookies Recipe - naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, and vegan!This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but the delicious chocolate chunky monkey cookies recipe, photos, and opinions are definitely my own!

I know some of you will ask, “but can you taste the banana?” Yes, that’s why they’re called chocolate chunky monkey cookies! Banana is so often used as a substitute, but I wanted that sweet fruit to shine through. It pairs deliciously with the double dose of chocolate. In fact, these cookies are so scrumptious, that the double batch I made will be gone long before Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe - unbelievably easy, rich, and naturally vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

As an added bonus, these chocolate chunky monkey cookies are naturally vegan and free of top allergens. What does that mean? There are no substitutes, just everyday ingredients that you can find in almost anyone’s kitchen. There was never any need for egg in this recipe, I like using oat flour (ground oats!) for an extra infusion of oatmeal goodness, and true chocolate is actually dairy-free.

That said, many chocolatiers add dairy for some silly reason. And dairy-free chocolate chunks, the key to the “chunky” in these cookies, aren’t as common as chocolate chips. Fortunately, Enjoy Life makes the most amazing allergy-friendly Mega Chunks. There’s just one problem with them. They’re snacking size, so Tony and I often nibble our way through the bag before I get to making a recipe! So I picked up three bags (they have a detailed store locator here) just to make sure I’d have enough to perfect this chocolate chunky monkey cookies recipe and for our thieving hands!

Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe - unbelievably easy, rich, and naturally vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

Reader Raves

From Corrine on Facebook: “I made these a few weeks ago, a great tasting cookie!”

Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly.

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Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies
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These rich, chocolaty cookies are relatively thin and chewy. However, you can refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or overnight for slightly thicker, softer cookies. We like them both ways!
Serves: about 36 (3 dozen) cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF and line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.
  2. Place the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt to a medium bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  3. Add the sugar, banana, and oil to a mixing bowl and blend with a hand mixer until creamy, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the dry ingredients into the wet, and blend with the hand mixer or a large spoon until smooth, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the quick oats, followed by the chocolate chunks.
  6. Scoop dough by the level tablespoonful and place 2 inches apart on your prepared baking sheets. You can shape it a little with damp hands, but it will spread when baked. If you're chocoholics like us, flatten the dough a bit and press some extra chocolate chunks into the tops.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they appear just baked.
  8. Let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Repeat scooping, baking, and cooling with any remaining dough. Or you can scoop and freeze the remaining balls of dough to bake later!
To make your own oat flour, grind oats in a spice grinder or food processor until powdered, about 1 minute.
Chocolate Chunky Monkey Cookies Recipe - unbelievably easy, rich, and naturally vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Cookies=Love – YES! HaHa! I used to come home from school and eat an entire sleeve of cookies (store bought). Ugh! I think that’s why I’m such a nutcase about what my kids eat now – I don’t want them to fall into the same traps I did. I love baking up healthy cookies instead. These will do nicely! LOVE chocolate and banana together!

    • We’re cookie monsters here, too Jenn! With my husband around, a batch never lasts more than 2 days, no matter how big! I freeze at least half without him knowing just so he doesn’t eat way too many 🙂

  3. I have all these ingredients (I may have to make my own oat flour, but that’s simple enough), I’m gonna have to send them to my husband’s work. I love sending in healthy, allergy friendly treats to expand their palates!

    • Yep, I usually grind my own oat flour, but happened to have a bag on hand this time 🙂 That’s so sweet of you! So many people use work colleagues as a junk food dumping ground – great that you think of their health too!

  4. #1) Enjoy life chocolate is my absolute favorite! 2) LOL about the banana! Of course you can taste banana when you put it in baked goods…silly silly! 😉

    • I constantly get that question. Once in a blue moon, I use it in such a small amount or in such a way that you can’t really taste it. But you are so right, in baked goods, bananas are bold!

  5. You had me at cookies but all these other additions sounds just like heaven in a cookie form! I love that you created them gluten free too- that way everyone can have a happy valentines day!

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  7. What a winning recipe. This one may kick our recent Monster Cookie addiction to the curb. Seriously, we need to change things up around here. We’ve made a batch a week for the last 4 weeks. I have two monkeys that will love these.

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