Being a vegan means not eating or even using products derived from animals. For some, it is a health-related choice and for others, it is a choice based on principle. Just because someone chooses to be a vegan doesn’t mean they choose to cut all of the guilty little pleasures from their diet.
It is possible to find a vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe that replaces the animal-based ingredients with other replacement ingredients that results in a good cookie. Considering that you can still use sugar and chocolate chips, these cookies are delicious and can be enjoyed by “meat eaters” as well as vegans.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients
1-1/4 cups of flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of non-dairy butter or margarine*
¾ cup of granulated white sugar
¾ cup of brown sugar, packed
2 eggs worth of egg replacer**
1 teaspoon of vanilla.
2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips***
1 cup of nuts like pecans or walnuts
*To make your vegan cookies even healthier, use organic flour.
**Egg Replacer is a powdered mix of vegetable starches. These starches replicate the effects of eggs in the baked good. This mix can be found in health food stores.
***Look for a good quality chocolate that has no additives. The only ingredients should be cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithin, and vanilla. Lower quality chocolate may contain milk or milk fat.
Preheat the over to 375.
1. Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
2. In a mixer, beat the butter until light.
3. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat until nice and creamy.
4. One at a time mix in the egg replacers, beating after each one.
5. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and beat until a dough forms.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts.
7. Drop large tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.
8. Bake them for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are nice and golden brown.
9. After two minutes, remove from the cookie sheets and cool them on a wire rack.
Variations and Tips
There are other things that can be used to replace eggs in baked goods like cookies. You can use half of a banana per egg, tapioca starch combined with a little water, or just use 2 tablespoons of water per egg.
You can also replace the 1 cup of non-dairy butter with ¾ cups of canola oil and 2 tablespoons of vanilla soy milk.
Instead of real chocolate chips, you can use carob chips or specially made vegan chips to ensure that there are no animal products in the chips you use.
Cookies made without animal products don’t melt down the same as those that contain shortening or butter, but that definitely does not affect the taste or the success of this vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe. Your non-vegan friends will be shocked to learn that these delicious cookies have no eggs or butter in them.