The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


Forums have referenced Jo as “the mother of vegan cooking,” and rightfully so I think. Her focus on comfort food is a welcome site.  I eagerly dove into her recently revised title, Vegan Vittles: Second Helpings.  I went straight to her Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

I think ultimate may be a strong word in this case, but it was a pretty tasty cookie that should appeal to both vegans and non-vegans alike.  Interestingly, the cookie seemed a bit dry at first, but Jo recommends refrigerating them.  This is truly the key.  They take on a unique taste and texture that is really quite pleasing.  This cookbook will definitely take a place in my most used collection, which is currently limited to only three cookbooks (I am quite picky).  Hopefully, I will have some time to make the carrot cake soon!

Now, these are for the hearty cookie fan, with chunks of nuts, oats, and the option of whole-wheat pastry flour.  I used white flour, as I didn’t have the pastry flour on hand, and regular whole wheat would be too heavy for a cookie.

Vegan Vittles Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Special Diet Notes: Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe from: Vegan Vittles: Second Helpings by Jo Stepaniak
Serves: 12 cookies
  • 1 ½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, lightly toasted (see note)
  • 1 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (for the easiest cleanup), or mist them with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the oats, flour, walnuts, chocolate chips, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir with a dry whisk until well combined.
  3. Place the oil, maple syrup, water, and vanilla extract in a small bowl, and beat vigorously with a whisk until well combined. Stir into the flour mixture, mixing just until everything is evenly moistened. Let rest for 5 minutes so the oats can absorb some of the moisture.
  4. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. The dough will be crumbly. Flatten with your hand to one-third inch thick. Smooth the edges to make each cookie uniformly round, gently pressing the dough so the cookies hold together.
  5. Bake one sheet at a time on the center rack of the oven for 18 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned.
  6. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack, and let cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (The cookies will taste best after they have been chilled.)
To toast the walnuts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly browned.

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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