Healthy almond flour chocolate chip cookies that are vegan (egg-free and dairy-free), grain-free, gluten-free and keto (with 2 simple substitutions).
I have been off of my cookie-baking game this December. I am usually up to my elbows in cookie dough by this point in the season, but I have been busy cooking up other dishes and crafty projects.
I am getting back on track today! It only took about 20 minutes of time, too, thanks to my new recipe: Easy, Healthy & Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!
I know, I know, chocolate chip cookies during the holidays?
Um, YES, chocolate chip cookies during the holidays!!! It is fun to eat pumpkin-spiced, peppermint candy-topped, frosting-covered cookies, true, but all of those fancy flavors get overwhelming mid-December. I start to crave simpler sweets, like shortbread, plain gingerbread, and yes, chocolate chippers.
If you feel the same, follow my lead, grab a bowl, and start mixing! These are pretty close to effortless. First, combine 1 cup of flour with 1 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar; hold tight for the keto option), a teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add the wet ingredients (water, 2 tablespoons oil, and a drizzle of vanilla), followed by 3 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips. Easy, right?
Drop the cookies by tablespoons onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spacing the dough about 2 inches apart. These cookies do not spread much at all! Especially when you use a small cookie scoop, as I did. I love the little cookie domes. Who said chocolate chip cookies have to be flat, anyway?
Bake the cookies in a 350F oven for 11 to 13 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch.
Oh what fun it is to make and eat these cookies!
How to make keto and vegan almond flour chocolate chip cookies
To make these cookies keto-friendly, simply swap out the coconut sugar with an equal amount of keto brown sugar replacement and replace the chocolate chips with an equal amount of sugar free miniature chocolate chips. Easy! I have the keto macros in the recipe notes.
Whetehr traditional or keto, the cookies are soft with crispy edges, and taste decadent despite still qualifying as healthy.
If you have 3 minutes to spare, I urge you to give these a try. You can always add some holiday-themed embellishments (e.g., spices, peppermint or almond extract in place of the vanilla, mini m & ms in place of the mini chips, or dried fruits instead of chocolate).