vegan + gluten-free chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // 2 ways

I’ve been kind of quiet around here lately.

Not in the way of rambling on + on about whatever recipe I’ve made, but more in the way of life-things.  This is for a few reasons. 

ONE: I lack confidence in my writing ability, or lack thereof.  If you go back to my old posts from 2-3yrs ago [wait, don’t do that] you will see what I mean.  I was really into using a lot of “!!!!!” and about 27 too many commas in each post.  It has improved overtime, but I’m just not the best at expressing myself through t.y.p.e.d word.  Can you just come over to my house instead?  We can hang out and chat and eat doughnuts.  Sound good?  I hope you like dogs.

TWO: There is still so much that is up in the air with this whole life-career-goal-stuff.  That’s to be expected, though.  Right?  So, sometimes I feel like if “said thing” isn’t for sure happening I should keep quiet about it until it is.  To some extent I should, but I do want to share more.  More of what I’m trying to currently do and wanting to do in the future. 

THREE: Writing about food is easy.  Errr, easier.  I’ve also wanted to really keep the focus on my recipes + photos with just a little bit of life sprinkled in. 

vegan + GF chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // edible perspective

So, I’m going to try to open up a bit more.  Share some things here + there.  It will start small, and hopefully grow a bit as I feel more comfortable typing + expressing. 

Sound good?

vegan + GF chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // edible perspective

Now.

COOKIES!

vegan + GF chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // edible perspective

Vegan + gluten-free chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to be exact.  As promised!

Because this is very similar to the oatmeal cookie recipe from last week, I made sure to complete a few trials so I could report back with the best possible cookie.

Make that TWO cookies.

We have the standard chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and an everything but the kitchen sink chewy oatmeal cookie.

They are thick and chewy and filled with some of my favorite ingredients.

vegan + GF chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // edible perspective

And you know what else?  You can bake them in a mini muffin pan!  Photographed below.  I forgot to mention this last week, but if you looked closely you may have noticed a mini muffin pan in one of the photos.

vegan + GF chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // edible perspective

Print this!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // vegan + gluten-free // 20-24 cookies

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup coarsely ground gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted + warm
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Chewy Oatmeal Cookies // vegan + gluten-free // 22-28 cookies

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup coarsely ground gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup banana, mashed until egg-like
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted + warm
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions for both recipes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375*F.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Vigorously whisk all of the wet ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir with a large spoon until combined.  Mixture will be very thick.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Press the dough into 1-inch balls by passing back and forth between both hands until it holds together.
  7. Place each ball on a cookie sheet with 1-inch spacing.
  8. Lightly press on each cookie with a spatula to slightly flatten to about 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick.  Or, flatten further between your palms for a thinner + larger cookie and then place on the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes and let cool for at least 20 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. *Cookies are fragile and very soft until set.  10 minutes was perfect in my oven for the flat and thicker cookies.  The flattened cookie is not crispy.  If using a mini muffin pan make the same 1-inch cookie ball and press into the mold.  Bake time should remain the same.

notes/subs:

  • Sucanat or pure cane sugar can be subbed for coconut sugar.
  • Unsweetened applesauce will work in place of the pumpkin, but I preferred the texture from the pumpkin. 
  • If you don’t like bananas sub pumpkin puree for banana in the 2nd recipe.
  • Almond flour can be subbed for almond meal.
  • Oat flour can be subbed for coarsely ground oats.  The cookies will have a slightly softer/smoother texture if you use flour.  I preferred the texture with the coarsely ground oats.
  • To make the coarsely ground outs: Place a scant 1 cup of rolled oats in a food processor, mini food processor, blender, coffee grinder, etc. and pulse until about 1/2-way to flour. 
  • To make almond meal: Grind whole, raw almonds in a high-speed blender or large food processor.  Blend no more than 1 cup at a time until flour-like in texture.  Do not over process.  Sift and store excess in the fridge in a sealed container.

vegan + GF chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies // edible perspective

This post is thanks to inspiring and motivating conversations with Maddy, Ashlae, Dana, + Jessica, a great read from Erin, and a good ol’ kick in the pants from myself. Oh, and thanks to you guys for sticking with me all these years and cheering me on in the process. You are a major reason that I am where I am.

Ashley