Several years ago, I fell in love with The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, which is now in it’s 3rd edition. It’s filled with delicious ways to enjoy vegetables, and the “healthified” dessert recipes should not be ignored. I decided to try the Coconut Cashew Cookies, but adapted them to be less coconut, since my husband is not a huge coconut fan. I made a few modifications, and the result was these delicious and downright nutritious gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies. They’re warm and comforting with hints of maple and a slight cookie dough vibe texture. I originally posted this recipe over a decade ago, but am giving it a big update!
Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies that are Delightfully Unrefined
These have a unique but addictive flavor that is maple-rich. Once allowed too cool, they are very cohesive, particularly for gluten-free AND egg-free gems. Yet, they still have a nice thick cookie dough-esque texture (not cake-like in the least bit!) that I simply adored. Like all recipes in The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, these cookies are free from refined sugars, and made with “whole food” ingredients.
Just so you know – I did try to “gluten” these cookies in a second batch, since I know that many of you don’t have a problem with wheat (all of the recipes in The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook are gluten-free), and may not have the flours and xanthan gum on hand. I replaced the brown rice flour with whole wheat pastry flour and removed the xanthan gum. I kept the starch since these are egg-free. The cookies worked, but just weren’t as good in my opinion; they were a wee bit too sweet and spread a bit more. I actually really like them the gluten-free way. I you do opt for wheat flour, I might up the flour just a smidgen.
Special Diet Notes: Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- ½ cup raw cashews
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ¼ cup tapioca starch or flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, softened
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, evaporated cane juice (sucanat) or brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)
- 2 teaspoons warm water
- ¼ to ⅓ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the nuts in your spice grinder (or food processor) and pulse until you get a powdery flour-like consistency. It is okay if a few little cashew bits remain, but if you go too far with the grinding, the cashews will turn into a nut butter.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cashew flour, brown rice flour, tapioca, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, sugar, and water. Add the flour mixture and stir until you get a nice dough. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- The dough may seem a bit sticky / greasy, but I still found it fairly easy to loosely shape into balls. If the dough is just too much to handle, pop it in the refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes, it will firm up quickly. Flatten the dough balls a bit – these cookies don’t spread much as they cook, so what you see is what you get.
- Bake the cookies for 12 minutes.
- Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes. If your husband’s greedy hands try to pop them off the baking sheet while hot, they will be crumbly, but they do firm up quite a bit as they cool.