This month, my friend and I are doing an Animal Free August challenge, where we basically eat a plant based diet for the entirety of the month! It’s been great so far, although I do need a sweet treat in the house/freezer/cupboard at all times for emergencies!
Now let me tell you, these cookies are the real deal! Gooey, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, chocolatey, caramely and down right delicious!
I’ve had intentions to post my go-to butter and condensed milk chocolate chip cookies but with my Animal Free August Challenge this month, I was determined to find a recipe that tasted the same, without the animal products. I came across a recipe for vegan cookies on Take a Megabite blog (www.takeamegabite.com), tweaked it a little bit and this was the result!
Easy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 15-20 cookies depending on size preference
2 cup self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
big pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup neutral tasting oil (I used rice bran)
100g chopped dark chocolate/chocolate chips (dairy free) *
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius fan forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper, set aside
- Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) together in a big bowl.
- Add the maple syrup, oil and vanilla essence and mix well to combine.
- Add the chopped chocolate and mix well.
- Using a tablespoon, spoon mixture onto the prepared baking trays, leaving at least 2-3 cm in between each cookie.
- Bake for 12-15 minute or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the trays before transferring to a baking rack or containers.
You don’t have to buy expensive vegan chocolate. Lindtt range that is 70% cocoa and above is all dairy free. Whittakers too, 50% and above I believe. I’ve made this recipe with both and they are equally as delicious.
The mixture is quite sweet so the addition of the super dark chocolate is a nice balance. You can use milk or white chocolate too, if preferred. Or even all 3, ha!