Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies- almond meal gives these cookies perfect crisp edges and a chewy center. You’d never guess they were vegan and gluten-free!
I like to consider myself a disciplined grocery shopper. Every Friday evening I go in with my shopping list, that’s strategically organized by sections of the store, and run through the aisles like I’m on an episode of Supermarket Sweep.
There’s no time to diddle-daddle through the bakery or gaze down the cookie aisle. I want to be in and out of there faster than you can blink. And not come back for at least a week.
My militant shopping technique might not be for everyone, but for the most part it does a good job preventing me from stocking the house with unnecessary sweets. I mean, I always make sure to pick up enough Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups to last me at least a few months. But that’s it! ;)
Even though the peanut butter cups are usually enough to keep me satisfied, every now and then I get a MEAN craving for freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I’m talking like have to have them right this second kind of craving.
I have plenty of cookie recipes on here, however most of them are for soft and chewy cookies because that’s how I typically prefer them. This time I wanted something different. Specifically with nice crispy edges and a perfect chewy center.
After several trials I settled on the recipe you see here and I like to think that they’re damn near perfect. The trick to getting a crispy texture is using a combination of vegan margarine and almond meal.
I know some people view vegan margarine as the devil but I personally don’t mind eating it moderation. Especially when it comes baked inside a warm chocolate chip cookie. Mmm…
I used coconut sugar to make them refined sugar-free but you can easily replace that with organic brown sugar or cane sugar. If I were making them without nutrition in mind, I’d probably use a mixture of both brown and cane sugar, as I do in my favorite unhealthy cookie recipe.
If you get a craving for chocolate chip cookies and need a recipe that’s vegan and gluten-free, I think you will love these! Trust me, biting into one and washing it down with a cold glass of almond milk is PURE COOKIE BLISS.
Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 12
Total Time: 22
1/2 cup vegan margarine (I like Earth Balance)
1/2 cup coconut sugar*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond meal**
1 cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour**
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life)
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer) beat together the coconut sugar and vegan margarine for about 15 seconds, until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and continue to beat for another 15 seconds.
Next pour in the almond meal, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Continue to beat until everything is combined and a dough forms, for about 10 seconds. Stir the chocolate chips in by hand until well-combined.
Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the dough at a time and use your hands to roll into 15 separate balls. Gently press each one down to flatten them slightly then sprinkle with flaky sea salt (optional). Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes, until the bottom edges are light golden brown. Time will vary depending on your oven. The longer they cook, the crispier they will get.
Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve with a cold glass of almond milk and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts are for one cookie
*Feel free to substitute coconut sugar with organic brown sugar or cane sugar. If you have both, try using 1/4 cup of each for the best flavor
**You can make your own almond meal and oat flour by grinding rolled oats and roasted almonds in a food processor until fine crumb forms. Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats for allergies
Slightly adapted from Angela’s Crispy Peanut Butter Cookies
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