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Chocolate Chip Cookies [To combat the weeknight blues.] [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 25, 2013, 3 comments

Tonight when I got home I needed chocolate chip cookies.  Yes, needing chocolate chip cookies is a real medical condition – Cookie-nemia? Choco-deficient? Whatever it is.  I had it, bad.  Unfortunately, I had eaten all of my cookies from the weekend, and did not feel like driving across town to get more.  It is road construction season here and traffic is a mess.  For those not familiar – our town has five seasons – warm, colorful, snow, rain and road construction.  So, I decided to make some.DSCN2477

I’ve made a number of vegan/gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipes over the past year.  They’ve all been pretty good.  One of the hardest substitutions I have to make in desserts is for the artificial sugar.  Vegan recipes help, because they do not use white/refined sugar (it’s processing involves animal products – I’ll spare you the details), but just because a recipe is labeled ‘vegan’ doesn’t automatically make it artificial sugar free, or a healthy whole food for that matter.  Most often I substitute for processed sugars with maple syrup or date paste, but I am still experimenting with exact proportions for the substitutions.

Tonight I wanted some ‘close to traditional texture’ gluten free, vegan chocolate chip cookies.  And these are rather awesome.  If you’re brand new to gluten free baking you may find them a tad crumbly.  But, I think they were kind of great.  And they combated the ‘it’s not the weekend yet’ blues perfectly.DSCN2469

Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies [To combat the weeknight blues.]

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Makes 8 medium sized cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup or date paste or 1 cup dry sugar? – But I’d omit the water/milk – maybe?!
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Scant 1 teaspoon cinnamon or less, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegan butter may be okay to omit? – But I’d add 2 tablespoons of water to replace – maybe?!
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips make sure they’re vegan/gluten free
  • 1/8 cup water or dairy-free milkDSCN2470

Make Them:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix all of the ingredients until well combined
  3. Scope 1/8 a cup of dough to form each cookie, and place onto an ungreased baking pan I ‘packed’ each cookie together in my palm before placing on the baking pan
  4. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes
  5. Eat, most awesomely, when warmDSCN2480

6.  And while wearing new glasses922703_10100665664894308_1405384403_n

Who else is ready for the weekend?!

-Chelsea

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3 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookies [To combat the weeknight blues.] [Vegan/Gluten Free]

  1. Hello….My wife just made some cookies. They are delicious. I just hate two warm chocolate chip cookies. Yum Yum!!!!

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