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You’d never know that these Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies aren’t just vegan, but they are also gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and nut-free. They’re quite possibly the BEST vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies EVER.
Once upon a time, in a far away place (New Jersey), there was a girl who obtained a secret recipe from her father for the softest, chewiest chocolate chip cookies in all the land (still New Jersey).
The girl shared her cookies with family and friends, and even once used them to get out of trouble with her college RA for having a bottle of wine in her dorm (for the record, she was 21). Everyone begged her for the recipe, but she kept it tight-lipped.
Some even went as far to say they were better than the cookies from that famous brand with the yellow packaging.
Oh, those sweet, chocolaty, buttery handheld heavenly confections…
Then one day, the girl gave up refined sugar and wheat flour, and so…her days of cookie making were over…THE END.
What kind of happy ending is that? No, no, no! That’s not how the story should end. Let’s change things up a little…
And that’s exactly what she did – change things up. First, she swapped white granulated sugar and brown sugar for coconut sugar. But flour, oh, that was a pesky little problem she had on her hands.
So many gluten-free flours and yet none were quite right. She thought her prince would never come. And then, like a knight in shining armor, chickpea flour rode in on its steel horse (OK, fine it was a shopping cart) and saved the day!
The chickpea flour produced a wheat-free cookie with a similar consistency to her signature recipe. It also provided a number of vitamins and minerals in addition to protein and fiber (You can check out all the awesome benefits of chickpea flour in this article).
But wait, there’s more!
The chickpea fairy appeared out of nowhere and presented another magical ingredient that took this cookie to the NEXT LEVEL!
“Now, what pray tell could that be?” the girl asked.
“Why, aquafaba, my dear,” the chickpea fairy responded.
In case you’re unfamiliar with aquafaba, it is the liquid found in a can of chickpeas and acts as an egg replacement in vegan baked goods. Sometimes, it is whipped, but other times (like in this case), it is used as is.
And even though she used vegan butter rather than dairy-based butter, her new cookie still had that signature buttery taste. It even tasted BETTER than the original!
And so, she lived happily ever after eating lots of chickpea flour cookies at the Jersey Shore.
THE END. 🙂
Oh, you want to know how to make them? Sorry, it’s a secret…
JUST KIDDING! 😉
How to make Chickpea Flour Cookies
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F and lining an extra large baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have a large enough baking sheet, you can bake in two different batches. You just want to make sure the cookies are not too close to each other on the sheet.
Next, add vegan butter, coconut sugar, aquafaba and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
Stir together using a spoon. In a separate bowl, combine chickpea flour, kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda. Be sure to use a grain-free baking powder to keep them grain-free, such as Pamela’s. You can also choose to omit the baking powder altogether and increase the amount of baking soda to elicit a similar result.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
Stir together with a spoon.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Use a cookie scoop or your hands to create dough balls.
Press down on each dough ball lightly with your fingers.
Bake for 11-15 minutes until edges are light golden brown.
At this point, you can top each cookie with sea salt right when they come out of the oven, if desired.
If you like these vegan, gluten-free cookies, you might also enjoy:
Vegan, Gluten-Free Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies [Refined Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Grain-Free]
- 6 tbsp vegan butter, softened but not melted (I used Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 3 tbsp aquafaba (measured as is in liquid form)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp gluten-free, grain-free baking powder (such as Pamela's)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup vegan, refined sugar-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life or Davis Chocolate)
- Sea salt to taste, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line an extra large baking sheet with parchment paper. If you do not have a baking sheet large enough, you can use two baking sheets and bake in two different batches. You just want to make sure the cookies are not too close to each other on the tray.
- Using a spoon, stir together vegan butter, coconut sugar, aquafaba and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine chickpea flour, kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together with a spoon.
- Fold in chocolate chips
- Use a cookie scoop (I used a #40 disher) or your hands to create 15 dough balls.
- Press down each dough ball lightly with your fingers.
- Bake for 11-15 minutes (mine took 13 minutes). If you are baking in two batches, ensure the second tray is kept away from the heat of the oven until you take the first batch out. You can keep it in the refrigerator if desired.
- If you are using the optional sea salt, sprinkle sea salt to taste onto the baked cookies as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes to ensure the cookies are set. Then, use a flat spatula (turner) to transfer cookies to a cooling rack for 10 more minutes.
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