My daughter Isabel and I made our first cooking video together a few weeks ago. Well, actually, my daughter invited me to come do a video with her for her Curly Girl youtube channel. We decided to make Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies because they are such a delicious treat, especially for people on gluten-free or vegan diets. I have been on a gluten-free diet for many years and appreciate finding recipes that are simple, tasty, and healthy.
We used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour to make our cookies, but we have also had success using plain brown rice flour or other gluten-free all-purpose flour mixes. I like Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour because it does not contain xanthan gum, which is known to be an intestinal irritant. The ingredients in this mix include: garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, whole grain sweet white sorghum flour, and fava bean flour. Because of the bean flours in the mix, it tastes unpleasant before it has been cooked, so don’t try eating the cookie dough before it is baked!
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (ground flax seed)
- 2 ½ tablespoons water
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (such as Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- In a small bowl or cup, mix together flax seed meal and water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture has the consistency of a beaten egg. This is your “flax egg.”
- In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, almond or cashew butter, maple syrup or agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Add “flax egg” and mix to combine.
- In a larger bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and sea salt.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients in the larger bowl. Mix until smooth with a wooden spoon. Add chocolate chips. Batter will be sticky.
- Transfer dough onto 1 or 2 sheets of wax paper or parchment paper. Fold paper over the dough to make cookie dough “logs.” Put the logs into the freezer for about 15-20 minutes, or until dough has become firm.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of dough at a time onto the cookie sheet and form into round cookie shapes, leaving about an inch of space between cookies. These cookies will not flatten out a huge amount, so you can flatten them a little before baking them.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies begin to flatten and are golden brown on the bottom.
- Remove cookies with a spatula onto a plate and serve warm.
- Leftover cookie dough can be wrapped up well and stored in the freezer for up to a month and taken out as needed to make a sheet of cookies.
These cookies don’t spread out as much as normal cookies do, so be sure to flatten them out a bit before baking.
These cookies go great with a glass of almond milk or coconut milk!
Kid-approved! Please check out the video on Isabel’s Curly Girl channel.