Vegan Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These vegan chocolate chip cookies are entirely plant-based, gooey and moist, refined sugar-free and delicious. As vegan desserts go, these are the crème-de-la-crème. They taste like a rich chocolate chip brownie but are in cookie form which makes them easier to eat. These vegan chocolate chip cookies will fool the harshest critics from children to adults. Try this vegan dessert at your next family function, get together or just indulging on the couch.

Chocolate chip cookies remind me of my childhood. Growing up, my family always had dessert after dinner and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies were a regular on the menu. There is nothing better than cookies right out of the oven. The way they break apart and the chocolate oozes out (I bet you’re picturing it in your head). Obviously, vegan desserts need a few ingredient replacements to replicate their non-vegan counterparts. The vegan chocolate chip cookies are indistinguishable from the ones you had as a child, probably even better.

Pitted Dates

The secret to the moisture of these plant-based chocolate chip cookies is the dates. Not only do they make an excellent sweetener, but they also create a great texture. Many healthy vegan desserts tend to use pitted dates instead of sugar. Check out this recipe.

The Egg Replacer

There are so many ways to substitute eggs in baking. A lot of vegan desserts will call for a pre-packaged egg replacer, chia seeds, apple sauce or mashed banana. These egg replacers are great but for our vegan chocolate chip cookies, we will be using flax meal. Flax seeds have a nutty flavor which makes it a great egg substitute for baked goods like cookies. These seeds also draw in liquid which helps the cookies keep their moisture and structure.

Cocoa Powder

As with all baking, quality ingredients are very important. These cookies will only be as good as the base you make them from. The cocoa powder adds the richness of the brownie taste to these cookies. I like to use Everland Organic Cocoa Powder. Not only does this have a high-quality taste and richness but the cocoa powder is fair trade, certified vegan and Canadian made. 

Chocolate Chips

Of course, one of the most important ingredients is chocolate chips. You can’t have vegan chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips! Again, I like to use Everland Premium Dark Chocolate Chips for the reasons mentioned above. If these are a little high in sugar for you there are plenty of vegan chocolate chips on the market. 

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To chop the nuts, this can either be done by hand or they can be pulsed a few times in the food processor — after the other nuts have been ground and removed. Also note that a variety of other ingredients could be used here instead, try adding dried cherries, or other dried fruit.

Like most baked vegan desserts, they are best when first made; however, that being said, these cookies are still extremely moist the next day (if they last that long). They are even forgiving enough that if left unbaked, they can be baked the next day. They also freeze well.” prep_time=”20 minutes” cook_time=”0″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][templatera id=”7767″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_content_width=”grid”][vc_column offset=”vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][qodef_recipe servings=”” ingredients_1=”%5B%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20cup%20walnuts%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20cup%20almond%20meal%20(also%20known%20as%20almond%20flour)%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20tsp%20baking%20soda%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20tsp%20baking%20powder%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20cup%20nuts%20(such%20as%20pecans%2C%20Brazil%20or%20walnuts)%2C%20chopped*%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20cup%20pitted%20dates%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%222%20tsp%20pure%20vanilla%20extract%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%222%20tsp%20chocolate%20extract%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%225%20tsp%20flax%20meal%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F2%20cup%20vegan%20chocolate%20chips%2070%25%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20tsp%20fleur%20de%20sel%20(or%20other%20quality%20salt)%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F2%20cup%20water%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20cup%20cocoa%20powder%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F2%20tsp%20cinnamon%20%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F8%20tsp%20almond%20extract%20(optional)%20%22%7D%5D” ingredients_2=”%5B%7B%7D%5D” ingredients_3=”%5B%7B%7D%5D” instructions=”%5B%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Preheat%20the%20oven%20to%20350%C2%B0F%20(175%C2%B0C).%20Line%20a%20cookie%20sheet%20with%20parchment%20or%20a%20silicone%20baking%20mat.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Prepare%20your%20mise%20en%20place.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Combine%20the%20flax%20meal%20and%20water%20in%20a%20small%20bowl.%20Set%20aside.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Place%20the%20walnuts%20into%20the%20bowl%20of%20a%20food%20processor%20fitted%20with%20the%20metal%20blade.%20Process%20for%202%20to%203%20minutes%20or%20until%20the%20walnuts%20start%20to%20become%20moist%20and%20a%20bit%20oily%20%E2%80%94%20almost%20like%20walnut%20butter.%20Add%20the%20almond%20meal%20and%20pulse%20a%20few%20times%20to%20combine%20the%20two%20ingredients.%20Note%3A%20if%20you%20using%20a%20super%20powerful%20processor%2C%20such%20as%20a%20Robot%20Coupe%2C%20the%20times%20mentioned%20will%20likely%20be%20less.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Place%20the%20ground%20nuts%20in%20a%20medium%20bowl.%20Add%20the%20cocoa%20powder%2C%20baking%20soda%2C%20baking%20powder%2C%20cinnamon%2C%20and%20salt%20(grind%20the%20salt%20between%20your%20fingers%2C%20if%20the%20crystals%20are%20quite%20large.).%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Place%20the%20pitted%20dates%20into%20the%20food%20processor%20(no%20need%20to%20clean%20the%20bowl)%20and%20pulse%20until%20they%20are%20in%20very%20small%20pieces.%20The%20dates%20should%20start%20to%20come%20together%20in%20a%20ball%20and%20be%20smaller%20than%20a%20pea%2C%20but%20not%20paste-like.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Next%2C%20add%20the%20vanilla%20and%20chocolate%20extract%20along%20with%20the%20reserved%20dry%20mixture%20to%20the%20date%20mixture%20in%20the%20food%20processor.%20Pulse%20for%20just%20a%20few%20turns%20to%20combine.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Scrape%20the%20mixture%20back%20into%20the%20mixing%20bowl.%20Add%20the%20chopped%20nuts%20followed%20by%20the%20chopped%20chocolate%20wafers.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22At%20this%20point%2C%20add%20the%20flax%20and%20water%20to%20the%20food%20processor%20and%20blend%20for%20a%20minute%20or%20so.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Lastly%2C%20add%20the%20flax%20egg%20to%20the%20cookie%20mixture%20and%20fold%20the%20ingredients%20together.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Let%20the%20mixture%20sit%20for%20a%20few%20minutes%20before%20forming.%20This%20will%20give%20the%20cookie%20dough%20time%20to%20soak%20up%20a%20bit%20of%20the%20moisture%2C%20making%20the%20cookies%20easier%20%E2%80%94%20and%20less%20messy%20%E2%80%94%20to%20roll.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22To%20bake%20the%20cookies%2C%20roll%20into%20round%20balls%20and%20then%20flatten%20%E2%80%94%20the%20cookies%20will%20not%20spread%20out%20during%20baking.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Place%20the%20cookies%20into%20the%20preheated%20oven%20and%20bake%20for%2015%20to%2018%20minutes.%20When%20done%2C%20the%20cookies%20should%20hold%20together%2C%20yet%20still%20be%20moist%20in%20the%20middle.%20That%20being%20said%2C%20the%20amount%20of%20time%20they%20will%20take%20will%20depend%20on%20your%20oven%2C%20how%20big%20the%20cookies%20are%20and%20how%20you%20like%20your%20cookies.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Let%20cool%20for%20a%20few%20minutes%20on%20the%20baking%20tray%20and%20then%20carefully%20remove%20them%20and%20let%20them%20cool%20on%20a%20cooling%20rack.%22%7D%5D” notes=”For the additional nuts, you can use whatever you like, almonds, walnuts or even pine nuts would work here. To chop the nuts, this can either be done by hand or they can be pulsed a few times in the food processor — after the other nuts have been ground and removed. Also note that a variety of other ingredients could be used here instead, try adding dried cherries, or other dried fruit.

Like most baked vegan desserts, they are best when first made; however, that being said, these cookies are still extremely moist the next day (if they last that long). They are even forgiving enough that if left unbaked, they can be baked the next day. They also freeze well.” prep_time=”20 minutes” cook_time=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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