There’s no denying that chocolate chip cookies are a guilty pleasure for many of us.
Their crunchy and delightful texture goes so well with the gooey chocolate core that melts in the mouth with each and every bite you take.
If you have recently switched to a vegan diet however, or if you’ve been a vegan for a little while but just want to find a way to try these delightful snacks once again, luckily you won’t need to leave them behind entirely, as long as you switch around a few of the ingredients.
Here is how to make a fresh batch of vegan-friendly chocolate chip cookies for you and your friends to snack on.
What You Will Need To Get Started?
When it comes to making a particular food or snack vegan friendly, it all comes down to the specific ingredients you use, however luckily, you won’t need many to make a delicious batch of vegan chocolate cookies that taste just as good, if not better than the original.
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp soy alternative to milk
- 130g dairy-free spread/margarine
- 150g plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 4 x 35g free-from chocolate bars
- ½ tbsp vanilla extract
Step 1: Pre-Heat The Oven
Start by preheating the oven to gas 4 at 180 degrees so that it’s warm enough to bake the cookies to the perfect temperature later on.
Step 2: Mix Dairy-Free Spread
While the oven heats up, put the dairy-free spread or the margarine into a bowl with just a dash of sugar to give it a little more flavor, and proceed by beating and mixing it with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until it looks nice and creamy.
Step 3: Add In Soy Alternative And Vanilla
Now it’s time to really take the flavor up a notch. Add the soy alternative along with the vanilla extract into the same bowl and mix them in for around 2 and a half minutes until they are smooth and creamy.
Step 4: Combine The Baking Powder And Chocolate Chips
As the mixture becomes thick and creamy, mix in the baking powder along with just a little bit of salt, and stir thoroughly until the dough begins forming.
While you do this, add in the chopped free-from chocolate chips.
Step 5: Place Mixture Onto The Baking Sheets
It’s finally time to start baking the chocolate chip cookies now that the oven is heated up and the mixture is ready.
Start by placing two baking sheets onto a baking tray and use a dessert spoon to put a few mounds of the mixture onto the sheets.
These can be as big as you like depending on the size you want the cookies to be, however a safe bet to keep them medium-sized and slightly crunchy is using 40g at a time.
Step 6: Start Baking
With the mixtures spread out evenly onto the baking sheets, place them in the oven for between 15 to 20 minutes.
This amount of time ensures that they are nice and crunchy while still having a reasonably soft texture to them so that they don’t end up being too hard to chew into.
The key to telling when they are finished cooking is to check if the cookies turn to a light gold with the edges turning to a darker brown.
As soon as the cookies start to turn this color, it’s time to take them out to serve.
Other Ingredients That Can Be Used For Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
While this is the most common way to make a delightfully tasty batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies, there are a few other vegan-friendly ingredients you can use to switch up the flavor a little bit.
Vegan butter is one fantastic option that can make the overall texture of the cookies a little more creamy and soft, ensuring that they melt in the mouth every time you take a bite.
If you want even more of that distinct chocolatey flavor that we all love so much, you can also use cocoa powder as part of the primary mixture.
This will give the cookies a slightly more bitter taste while also elevating the chocolate flavor massively.
You can even incorporate a little bit of fruit into the recipe to make the cookies as healthy as possible.
Overripe mashed bananas and apple sauce are just a few excellent substitutes for the liquid part of the egg which is often used to hold all the ingredients together for most chocolate chip cookies.
In terms of the chocolate itself, while most dark chocolate will be vegan, it can also be worth checking for some other flavored vegan chocolate variants so that you can create just the right flavor.
For example, if you’re a fan of the tangy and slightly sweet taste of oranges, you can try using the Galaxy vegan chocolate orange bars which will add even more fruity flavor to the cookies.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will Homemade Vegan Cookies Last?
This largely depends on how you store the cookies and when you intend to eat them. If you store them in a covered container, they will stay fresh and edible for up to 5 days.
However, if you want to keep them for a little longer, you can freeze them for up to 2 weeks, just keep in mind they will be much harder to crunch down on if you do this.
If you’re worried that you might need to leave the delicious chocolate chip cookies behind when on a vegan diet, luckily, with just a few alternative ingredients, you can make a delicious batch for when you next get that craving for that distinctive chocolate flavor that we all love so much.
Because of how easy they are to make, feel free to add in any of your favorite vegan-friendly ingredients to mix as many unique flavors as you would like.