Alright, guys. The search is over. I have officially found slash produced the best vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever make. Whenever I veg-ify recipes, I always have pretty low expectations. That way, if something works out, great! And if it doesn't, oh well, the search continues. Something always seems to be a little different with recipes lacking dairy and eggs. It's just the way it is. But these cookies totally blew me away and I'm not exaggerating when I say they are the best vegan cookie recipe to ever come out of my kitchen.
When I first decided to go vegan, one of the things that freaked me out was not being able to have sweets. What the heck would my life be without cookies!! Well, friends, not all is lost. You can be vegan and still eat sweets- I've proven this to be a fact. Everyone needs a classic chocolate chip cookie every once in awhile, including the veg-heads. And now I have the perfect go-to recipe.
A few weeks ago, I was at my boyfriend's house baking cookies with his little sister when we found this recipe for vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. We followed the recipe and ended up needing to at a little bit extra flour and almond milk, but other than that, they turned out PERFECT. I don't even know how to convey the excitement I had that I had found an actual chewy, delicious cookie recipe that I could eat. I tried the recipe again on my own using all purpose and whole wheat flour in place of the gluten free flours but had forgotten that I'd needed to add more flour and milk. That batch turned into cookie goo so I set out once again to perfect the recipe. And I did it. Here it is in all of it's chewy, gooey chocolatey glory.
While I definitely wouldn't dub this recipe "healthy" by any means, they are vegan and you would never know it- they taste just like the real deal!
P.S. I've found that the certified vegan chocolate chips cost like a million dollars a bag. I was surprised when I looked at the labels and saw that the Trader Joe's chocolate chips and Ghiradelli semi-sweet don't have dairy in them. They just can't be certified vegan because they're made in facilities that contain dairy, but they're about a third of the price.
1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
1/2 c. pure cane sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. almond milk (or any other dairy-free milk)
1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. dairy free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut oil, sugars, vanilla, and almond milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the desired doneness. Let cool before transferring to a cooling rack.