Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut-Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies.

C is for coconut, chocolate chip and crack.  All of which these cookies have in them.  Purely addictive.

I saw Jenny and Brooke post their recipes for coconut oil chocolate chippers.  I know I can trust their cookie judgement.  I saw Helene’s take on David Leite’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.  She used some coconut oil in them.  Jen uses coconut oil in a lot of her baking and cooking.  I thought, well, why not?  Helene’s recipe was already gluten-free.  Might as well try to make them vegan too, I thought.  (Back on the wagon again, thankyouverymuch.)  So I tied my apron around my waist, pulled my hair into a bun, and preheated the oven.

A few days earlier, I stopped by my local Indian market and scored some inexpensive GF flours–jowar (sorghum) and amaranth.  I already had some of the other ingredients on hand.  And as I mentioned yesterday, I had some delicious Kelapo coconut oil burning a hole in the cupboard.  C is for cookie.  H is for hurry.

Can you even handle this picture?!

Here’s my take on Helene’s take.  They are really good.  Phenomenal, in fact.  The use of sorghum and amaranth makes these.  Brown rice flour was not invited to our cookie party this time.  These are as close as I’ve tasted to wheat flour cookies.

I quote my husband who is not a fan of my gluten-free baking misadventures, “If I couldn’t eat wheat flour, I’d eat these.”  I’ll take that as an endorsement. :)

I had to remind him that they were also dairy and egg-free.  Just to scare him a little more.  But you aren’t scared, are you?  You aren’t even reading this, you’ve grabbed your keys and your heading out to your car to run to the store to pick up a few things.  I know.  I totally understand.  Go ahead and make a batch.  And I promise I won’t tell if you eat a dozen by yourself.  It’ll be our little secret.  (Promise you won’t out me for doing the same?  Okay.  Deal.)

Coconut-Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Tartelette and Gluten-Free Goddess (I used her recipe for a GF flour mix.)

Ingredients:
1 cup sorghum flour (jowar)**
1 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup amaranth flour (can use millet flour)
2 tsp. xanthan gum
2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder (regular is fine too)
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
8 oz. extra virgin coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp. ground flax seed plus 6 Tbsp. water (mix and let sit for 5 minutes)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 package vegan semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup toasted, unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup lightly toasted almonds, roughly chopped

Instructions:
Sift sorghum flour, tapioca starch, amaranth flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the coconut oil and sugars.  Using an electric mixer, beat in the flax mixture.  Add the vanilla extract.  A little at a time, mix in the dry ingredients until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Drop large teaspoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking time.  Let cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.  Store in an airtight container.  Best eaten within 2 days.  (Read:  They will become a little hard and dry and lose their chewiness, but will still be delicious.)

Makes about 3-4 dozen good-sized cookies.

**If you are using wheat flour, just use 2 1/2 to 3 cups of all-purpose flour and omit the xanthan gum.  You can also use 2 eggs in place of the flax mixture.  And while we’re at it, you can use butter instead of coconut oil, or for half of it.  Whatever you do, they’ll be tasty.

(Here–I saved you a bite.)

12 Responses to “Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut-Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

  1. Meeta K. Wolff June 23, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    What I loke about this is that it includes coconut & almond – great! I’ll be making the non-grlute-free version! Fantastic!

  2. Emily June 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    These look delicious! If I don’t have those first four ingredients, what can I substitute? You know, for those of us who are okay with the non-vegan version. ;)

  3. Steph June 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh my those look really good! I tried some making some gluten free (I think) chocolate chip cookies just using almond meal instead of all purpose flour and they were so tasty. Trying to decide if I need to try going gluten free for a while to see if I have a gluten intolerance. Pretty sure I do, but it seems like such a commitment. I definitely need to get me some coconut oil!

  4. {natalie} June 24, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    I love the dough spelled out.

  5. Sarah June 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Ethnic markets are the perfect place to get cheap, alternative flours! The cookies look awesome.

  6. Mihl June 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    These look like they have a wonderful texture! I have never baked with sorghum flour, maybe it is time to start now.

  7. theravegan June 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Made these tonight. I have to say that the batter was absolutely amazing and as someone who is addicted to raw cookie dough it was really hard to not eat it all at that stage! My cookies were really tasty but very very flat. I cooked the rest as bars and we liked them a lot but they were just a little oily. I left out the coconut because my youngest won’t eat it so I wonder if that affected it. Definitely worth making! Thanks *so much* for posting!

  8. Lindsey Johnson June 30, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    @theravegan So glad you liked them! I’m going to see if I can tweak the recipe a little so they aren’t quite so oily. I thought it was just because it was so hot in my kitchen. :) Thanks for the feedback!

    And thank you everyone else for your comments!

  9. Anonymous July 10, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    I just made these this afternoon and they’re delicious! I feel like I used too many chocolate chips though. I’ll know better for next time. But yeah, my gluten loving neighbor even loved these gluten free treats, score!

  10. chica3811 July 14, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    I made these today and was very excited about them…until I baked them and they came out flatter than a pancake and they spread like crazy! How do you measure your coconut oil? Is leaving the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours too long? Help! I want them to look as amazing as yours! :)

  11. Lindsey Johnson July 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Chica3811–I’m so sorry! I don’t know what could have gone wrong. I just knew the jar had 8 oz. in it. Typically when I measure for baking I used a scale or liquid measuring cup for liquids or semi-solids. Why don’t you e-mail me and I’ll see if I can help. cafejohnsonia@gmail.com

  12. Rynell January 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    These look great! Where did you buy the flours (if you don’t mind me asking…)?

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