Healthy-ish Chocolate Cookies – Vegan!

I have been working on this one for a while. I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies, but Jason and I can eat them by the handful so I wanted to find a way to make yummy cookies that were not terrible for us (because that sounded way easier than getting us to eat fewer of them). After much experimentation (which Jason and Scout both really enjoyed) I have come up with a recipe I’m pretty happy with:

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I mean, they’re still cookies, but these have a little more food value than most.

Healthy-ish Chocolate Cookies

1 Cup Coconut Oil (I prefer refined because it doesn’t have the coconut taste, but if you like coconut, unrefined works well too and is healthier)

2/3 Cup Evaporated Cane Juice (or white sugar)

1 Cup Agave Nectar (Other sugar combinations: 1 Cup Evap. Cane Juice, 1 Cup Sucanat; or 1 Cup white sugar, 1 Cup brown sugar)

1/4 Cup Non-Dairy milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Almond Flour/Meal

1/2 Cup Chickpea Flour (reduce to 1/4 Cup if you’re not using agave nectar)

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

9 oz Chocolate Chips

In a medium bowl, beat together the oil and sugars until well mixed. Add the soymilk and vanilla and mix. In another bowl, sift together whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir in almond flour/meal and salt.

Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet and beat until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. If you are cooking in warm weather and the oil is liquid, you may need to add a little additional flour to make a nice thick dough.

Spoon tablespoon fulls of dough on to a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for 7-9 minutes. The agave nectar makes the cookies more likely to burn so watch them closely. Pull them out when you just start to see golden brown curling up around the edges. For a crispier cookie, cook a little after you see the edges start to brown. For a chewier cookie, pull them out sooner.

Enjoy a cookie with higher protein and fiber content, less sugar, and healthier fats!

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