Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw this recipe on The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen last week, and knew I had to try it. I didn't photograph every step like I usually do, as to be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like them. But I did. I LOVED them. So did The Boyfriend, all of my co-workers and both of my carpool buddies. And now they are all gone. (Insert sad face and pouty bottom lip here)
So that was all the supporting evidence I needed to post the recipe. I'm making my second batch this weekend.

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies

½ cup packed pitted medjool dates (about 6 to 8 dates)
¼ cup hot water
¼ cup virgin coconut oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup ground flax seeds
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup almond butter
1 cup quinoa flakes
½ cup almond meal flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt (I used 1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt)
¼ to ½ cup mini chocolate chips (or cocao nibs)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet with coconut oil.

Place the pitted dates and water in a blender and let them soak for about 5 minutes. Then add the coconut oil and honey. Blend until very smooth, abut a minute.

Transfer date-oil mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl (scooping out every last bit) and add ground flax seeds and vanilla; beat on high with an electric mixture until combined. Add almond butter and beat again.

Sprinkle the quinoa flakes, almond meal, baking soda, and salt over the almond butter mixture, beat again until well combined.

Drop dough by the large spoonful onto the greased cookie sheet. Lightly press each cookie down with the palm of your hand. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove gently with a thin spatula and transfer to a wire rack to cool. The cookies will be slightly fragile when hot but will hold together very well after about 5 minutes of cooling.


  1. Delish. Can you send some from the next batch on through the computer for me please? :)

  2. Mmm...raw ingredients but still toasty and warm! Love it!


  3. Erin, can we just see each other when I go to LA and let me sample the cookies? Hahaha!

  4. I definitely have to make these for my dad! Do they just taste good, or do they actually taste like chocolate chip cookies?

  5. These look so good!!!! You inspire me lady.

  6. Erin, these look REALLY good...going to be making these....thank you!


  7. healthy & yummy! what more can you ask for?

  8. I am not really sure how I didnt manage to comment on this post but PLEASE know that I think I am gonna make these ASAP once I Get home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! vegan and GF. Holy jackpot for me!


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