Every Baby Reflexology or Infant Massage course I bake up some goodies for the mama’s to munch on and invariably chocolate chip cookies are on the menu. I confess I have a major sweet tooth … one that is uncontrollable at times …. however since becoming a vegan it often means I just watch others enjoy good cookie.
I have tried some recipes that I have found online (like this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe I tried a couple of years ago) but many of them involve weird and wonderful ingredients or lots of prep. So after much thought I have created a recipe to put things right in the world … for these vegans anyway 🙂 This one is fairly minimal prep, uses things I have in the cupboard and is gluten free and sugar free (depending on the chocolate you use). Both the vegans in the house think they are delicious. The non-vegan have other thoughts, probably due to them being a softer chewy biscuit than the regualar crunch, so maybe worth trying before you go offering them at your next afternoon tea!
It does involve a bit of time in prep but not a huge amount; the soaking of the dates, preparing the chia seeds and the chopping of chocolate and the main ones. I have tried the recipe now with three different types of vegan chocolate all with similar results. I used eating chocolate, both sugar laden and sugar free, though with the sugar free one I had a slight after taste from the stevia sweeter. Himself actually preferred these so I guess it is just personal preference. I see that Sweet William has a baking chocolate, sugar laden, which may give an even better results if I was able to source it here.
So here it is for you to try at home. I’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you have ways of improving them 🙂
Vegan Comfort Cookies
1 1/8 C Gluten Free Flour (I use Edmonds)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 C Coconut oil
2 TB chia seeds
2 TB boiling water
1/2 C dates
1/4 C boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 C chocolate bits (for sugar free I use Sweet William or Loving Earth, or for minimum sugar I use Whittakers Dark Ghana)
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Prepare a date paste with the 1/2 C dates and 1/4 boiling water. Combine & leave to sit for a bit before mashing together
- Prepare a vegan egg using the chia seeds and 2 Tbs boiling water mixed together
- Melt the coconut oil
- Blend oil, chia seeds, dates and vanilla essences together until completely blended.
- Add the flour and baking soda
- Add in the chocolate bits
- Create small balls and place on the baking tray. Flatten a little with a fork
- Bake for 10 mins and then leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.
Hope this finds you happy, healthy, warm and dry!