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).
The best vegan chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour! Whip up a batch of these healthy, easy-to-make, irresistible cookies in about 20 minutes (start to finish!).
- 1 cup (112 g) blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar (see notes for keto)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips (see notes for keto)
- Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and salt (breaking up all lumps in the flour).
- Add the oil, water, and vanilla; stir until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop by tablespoons (I used a small cookie scoop) on the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 11 to 13 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Storage: Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days (in a cool room; if it is hot, store in the refrigerator), the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to months.
Tip: I strongly recommend weighing the almond flour for best results. If using cups to measure, be sure to very lightly spoon the almond flour when measuring (do not scoop up the flour or tamp into the cup).
Keto Variation: Replace the coconut sugar with an equal amount of keto-friendly brown sugar replacement (e.g., Sukrin Gold, Swerve) and replace the chocolate chips with sugar-free miniature chocolate chips. Keto Version Macros per Cookie: Calories: 80; Carbs: 3.8 g; Sugars: 0.3 g.
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 87
- Sugar: 3.4 g
- Sodium: 55.6 mg
- Fat: 7 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.3 g
- Fiber: 0.9 g
- Protein: 1.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: almond flour, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, vegan, keto, grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, healthy cookies