PLEASE DON’T BE TURNED OFF BY THE TITLE OF THIS POST LOL!! I promise–YOU WILL LOVE THESE!! The texture is seriously my fav!! The original chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe, that I have been making for about 20+ years now, has 1 c. of butter flavored shortening and we all know how terrible that is for our body, so I subbed 1/2 C. applesauce and 1/2 C. almond butter. I love grinding my own almond butter at the grocery store–seriously the best and you know exactly what is in the container :). I also subbed flax eggs for real eggs. The recipe is below:
1 Flax Seed Egg= 1 T. Flax seed mixed in 3 T. water
Let mixture set for about 5 -7 min and add to cookie mixture.
For this recipe, I used 2 flax seed eggs, so 2 T. flax seed and 6 T. water.
Lastly, I wanted to make them gluten free, so I used almond flour along with xanthan gum, because I have a couple of friends and a sister that LOVE to eat treats, and we all know that gluten-free treats seem to be rather bland. Well, look no further because this recipe is a keeper. Even if you’re not gluten free, you will be surprised at how glutenous this recipe seems to be haha.
THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE– GLUTEN FREE
Yield: Approx. 2 1/2 doz. medium cookies
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
CREAM TOGETHER WITH BLENDER:
1/2 C. Applesauce (no sugar, all natural organic)
1/2 C. Almond Butter
1/2 C. White Sugar
1 C. Light Brown Sugar
2 Flax Eggs (recipe above)
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
IN SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS WITH WHISK:
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 scant tsp. Salt
1 C. Oatmeal
3 1/3 C. Almond Flour
1 3/4 tsp. Xanthan gum
Slowly add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture 1 cup at a time and mix by hand (I like using a rice spoon). Don’t use the blender. Continue adding dry ingredients until all flour is mixed in and then add:
1 C. Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
1 C. Coarsely Crushed Walnuts
Mix until chocolate chips and walnuts seem to be throughout the dough. Put dough in freezer for 20 min. This is a step that you cannot skip!
Remove dough from the freezer and use a medium sized cookie scoop and put scoops of cookie dough on cookie sheet topped with a sheet of parchment paper. You should be able to get 12 scoops of cookie dough on one cookie sheet. Put in oven on center rack.
Bake cookies for 20-25 min or until slightly brown on top. Enjoy!