Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love cookies?!

If you are looking for a vegan recipe, try this one! I am not vegan but I have many friends who are looking to reduce their animal product consumption. It's always fun in the kitchen when you can experiment with recipes and not sacrifice the taste when you alter recipes to be healthier.

Even though I love a good cookie or two or four. I have learned to allow myself to enjoy sweets when I crave them and not deprive myself of things I enjoy simply because they are labeled as bad.  I talked about this is in my recent blog post. As I continue to post more recipes, I hope this first one can start as a tool to help people have a better relationship with food.

This recipe is simple and great for a night in with some wine or an espresso in the morning 🙂

Here is what you'll need.

Ingredients

1 and 1/4 cups of dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid not melted
1/4 cup cinnamon applesauce
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/4 cup liquid coconut cream
1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour, sift your flour, do not pack it
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips (use vegan chocolate chips, I like Enjoy Life)

Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). If you have parchment paper, use that. If not, aluminum foil will work but it will cook the bottom of your cookies faster so you may want to check on your cookies after 8 minutes.

2. In one bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Using a whisk or hand mixer (on low), mix the brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, applesauce, and coconut cream. Set it aside and grab another bowl to mix your dry ingredients. (View image)

3. Mix flour, baking soda, oats, and salt together separately from wet ingredients.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredient. I like to use a wooden spoon. Mix all ingredients until they are blended together. You may see chunks of coconut oil if you did not mix the wet ingredients well, so make sure to break up those coconut oil chunks up so they do not spill out in the oven when baking.

5. Set aside a few chocolate chips. Fold in the rest of the chocolate chip into the cookie dough. Do not over work the dough. (View image)

If your dough is too sticky, add small amounts of flour (1 tablespoon at a time).

6. Scoop 3 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough on tray and leave a few inches apart. They will expand a little bit but not too much. Grab the chocolate chips you put aside, and add them on top of each cookie.
Place in oven on higher rack if you are baking the cookies with aluminum foil.

Check on cookies after 8 minutes. I like to let mine bake for 10-11 minutes and take them out of the oven to cool for 15 minutes.

The combination of applesauce and coconut cream replace the need for butter or dairy. Applesauce does add a fluffiness to the cookie. So if you notice that your cookies look more like muffins, go easy on the applesauce.

Let me know how your cookies turn out! Enjoy!

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