Vegan Cookies – Spiced Chocolate Chip

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The tantalizing aroma of warm chocolate chip cookies is hard to resist. My mouth waters just at the thought! And since “Nothin’ says lovin’ like something from the oven,” serving a fresh batch is a sure way to earn smiles and hugs.  Vegan cookies can be easily made with simple ingredients in your pantry.

The big brands we see at the grocery store have simplified this process, marketing pre-made cookie dough that requires little more than preheating the oven. But have you ever looked at the ingredient list found on the label? Let’s just say that “lovin from the oven” is complicated with hydrogenated trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings and a laundry list of preservatives.

Making your own cookies doesn’t have to be complicated. Stock your pantry with the essentials, and in the same time it takes to “break and bake”, you can serve the same plate of sweetness without the chemical contaminates. Bonus ingredients include fiber, protein and omega-3s!

1 cup flour*
1 cup raw nuts, soaked***
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 tbsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegan butter (it’s easy to make your own butter!)
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak cashews in water. Add flax seed to 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and set aside. Mix flour, salt, garam masala and baking powder and soda in a large bowl. Add soaked nuts butter, sugar, vanilla and hydrated flax to a blender and use high speed until consistency is smooth. Mix wet ingredients into dry, and add chocolate chips. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes.

*Make your own with equal parts tapioca, oat and brown rice flours

**Soaking raw nuts improves the taste because dust, residue and tannins are released and rinsed away, creating a smoother flavor. As little as 20 minutes shows great improvement, but leaving them in a bowl overnight is fine. Just rinse thoroughly.


I made the decision to become vegan impulsively. I boarded a plane with a ham sandwich and a copy of Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet”. I devoured the book and tossed the sandwich and I’ve never looked back. Becoming vegan has changed my body, my mind and my spirit, and together, we can change our communities, our nation and our planet. Eating a vegan meal doesn’t require a commitment ceremony, a press release or applause. So don’t over-think it. Just try it…one bite at a time.
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