Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Coconut Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies


Happy Tuesday Ya’ll! Today was a much better day weather-wise compared to the insane storm we had last night in Toronto.  I went through the pictures today online and the flooding was just insane, I don’t think I have ever seen that much rain and damage in this city before.  Check out this awesome guy who took his canoe out around the city lol amazing.


Luckily I didn't get stranded on the subway and made it to the gym right before the storm hit.  When I went into the change room after my gym class part of the roof had actually caved in and there was some flooding.  It was a mess! I also left my umbrella at work that day and so I walked home with a grocery bag over my head.  Needless to say I was completely drenched.  Such a rainy summer this year!

When I got home I had a cookie craving and went straight to pinterest. I  ended up finding some vegan chocolate coconut cookies that I refused to ‘pin’ for later. I wanted to make them right away and that's exactly what I did.  I had most of the ingredients on hand and only had to pick up a few things from the bulk barn.  I am not a vegan but I do like to test out vegan recipes because I know they are much healthier than recipes filled with butter and egg.  I've tasted vegan cookies before that were absolutely disgusting (cardboard/bland) and others that were really delicious.  The ingredient list in this recipe looked really great so I knew that they would at least turn out decent.  Boy was I wrong…they didn't just turn out decent, they turned out FREAKIN FANTASTIC. They turned out moist and really flavourful, they reminded me of a banana muffin but in a cookie form. These make for a good breakfast cookie or just an afternoon snack.  You can experiment with these by changing up the nuts or omitting the chocolate chips, whatever you fancy! Definitely my new favourite go-to vegan cookie recipe!


Coconut Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies
makes 18 to 22 cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white flour, organic
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted (measure before melting)
*add an extra Tbsp of oil for extra rich & buttery cookies
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (semi-sweet and/or vegan)
1 banana, mashed
1/3 cup warm water + 1 tsp flax seeds (whisked and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken a bit)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/2 - 3/4 cup walnuts, raw

note: I use *unrefined* virgin coconut oil for a more coconut-y flavor

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease or line baking sheet.
2. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon. Toss.
3. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave - just a few seconds should soften.
4. Combine the flax/water mixture with the oil and vinegar and the mashed banana. Slowly fold this mixture into the dry mixture. Make sure it is not too hot of it will made the dough chewy.
5. Fold in the walnuts and coconut. Last, fold in the chocolate chips.
6. If you want perfectly round cookies, you should fridge the dough for 5-10 minutes and scoop into balls. But I just like to add the dough as is in semi-messy rough balls. This makes for more bumpy, bubbly cookies!
7. Cook for 15 minutes or until the edges brown and darken a bit. Cool. Serve. Store in the fridge or freezer if not eating within a day.







46 comments:

  1. Mmh Natalie ,these cookies look irresistible ( and I wouldn't even try to resist :) )
    Perfect to prepare for my vegan friends and of course not only for them.

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  2. These look SO good Natalie!! How banana-y do they taste? I'm not a big banana fan, but I LOVE coconut and chocolate! YUMMY!!

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  3. Oops, forgot to say that I hope you stay safe as I spoke to my cousin in Toronto this morning and she said you are expecting even more rain! Yikes!

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  4. These look luscious and divine, Natalie.

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  5. I heard about the Toronto floods - it sounds crazy! I hope you're all back to normal soon. These look like incredible cookies, and perfect for munching when it's rainy outside ;)

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  6. Such brilliant cookies, I need a nice batch :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Stay safe and dry! That's some crazy weather. These cookies look amazing! I tried to make "real" cookies the other day with eggs and butter -- they turned out miserable after over a year of basically only making vegan cookies. These are going to be next on my list for cookie cravings!

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  8. Nothing like baking to bring back some zen! These cookies look great. For some reason, I'm picturing them as a dessert for breakfast...yum!

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  9. Oh my goodness, glad you came away from that flood unharmed! I wish some of that rain could be sent Texas's way! Thanks for sharing these scrumptious looking cookies, too.

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  10. Wow, that storm/flooding looks intense! So glad you weren't stranded in it. And these cookies look SO delicious - I wish I could have a few right now!

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  11. I heard about the flooding on the news. Glad you are okay! These cookies look like a great way to feel better after a rainy day!

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  12. Glad you were OK after the storm, I have friends that were stuck a bit getting home but on one has damaged homes. Vegan sweets are often bleh, so great to find a truly good one, the cookies sounds great.

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  13. Stay dry and off the canoes. ;)

    These cookies look great, lovely job on them!

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  14. I heard about your storm! The photos were crazy! My sister and her family live in Toronto so I am always up to date with the going ons there.

    These cookies looks SO good! Really moist without butter and eggs. Coconut oil is wonderful isn't it?

    Nazneen

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  15. These cookies like so perfect to make when you are stuck inside on a bad weather day! However, I hope you don't have too many more days with crazy weather!

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  16. Would have never thought these were vegan!! Looks delicious!!!

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  17. these look great. I do tend to shy away from vegan cookies because so many of them use banana's and that is something I just don't buy due to the environmental and ethical issues involved. Do you have any idea on how to substitute for those? because I really want these cookies NOW. pout, pout, pout.

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  18. Great looking cookies! Look wonderful and I'll bet the flavor is outstanding. Glad you did float away in all that rain!

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  19. Natalie, I love cookies of all kinds. This looks as super as I bet it tastes. And I always tell my daughter who lives in Philly-don't forget your umbrella. Though in this case I'm not sure it would have helped!

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  20. That recipe looks awesome! I love the fact that you used coconut oil and sugar in addition to shreds to really drive home that tropical flavor. :)

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  21. sorry to hear about the storm but your cookies look amazing - just the thing for hunkering down while it rains outside (hard to believe it is summer with such rain)

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  22. Crazy flooding! Never thought it would happen here.

    Those cookies look amazingly delicious. :)

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  23. Glad to see that nor you or your delicious cookies got washed away during the floods. These cookies look and chewy.

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  24. Sorry about the rain and the damage in your city! But this guy is certainly creative with his new transportation! :)

    These cookies look amazing. Best to stay, stay dry and enjoy some cookies. :P Take care.

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  25. Floods are an awful thing. I´m glad you´re ok! I´ve never made vegan cookies, but Natalie, your post is making me crave them!

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  26. Ugh what a disaster day...but at least it ended on a high note with these deliciously sweet cookies....damn that last photo looks mouthwatering...I want to take a bite! :D

    Stay safe with all that rain and flooding.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my trifle, Natalie!

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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  27. These look so yummy! I love chocolate and coconut together, plus I have a million bananas that need to find a home...meant to be!

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  28. Thanks everyone! Things are better now in Toronto, majority of the city has their POWER back finally :)

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  29. Love how you are able to whip something up so effortlessly and glad it came out so well. The cookies look delicious.

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  30. Love chocolate chips cookies. Never had it with coconut so I'll have to remedy that the next time I bake them. Looks delicious!

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  31. Oh yum! These cookies do indeed look amazing!
    So sorry to hear about the big storm and floods. Sounds just like Calgary a couple weeks prior. Hope things normalize quickly.

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  32. I used to have my doubts about vegan cookies, but I made some for a friend last year and was really happy with how they turned out. I think if you have the right recipe, they can be excellent.

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  33. I'm always surprised when I eat and bake vegan treats that are delicious haha but I can totally imagine how lovely these cookies taste!

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  34. I am always trying vegan recipes to find ones I like. Can't wait to try these!

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  35. Nothing like fantastic cookies to comfort you through the night!

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  36. Just mouthwatering....looks delicious!

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  37. I saw those flooding scenes on the news. How unbelievable to see that kind of catastrophic weather, particularly at this time of year. Stay safe.

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  38. Dear Natalie, I am glad that you are safe from the storm.
    It is comforting to make these delicious cookies. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  39. These cookies look awesome!
    take care!

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  40. Daaaang these are LOADED with good stuff! I'm a sucker for cookies like this (well, who isn't?).

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  41. Holy moly! I want to say it would be epic to be able to canoe around the streets but talk about flooding! I have been using coconut oil for everything the last few weeks. It's SOOO good!

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  42. so chocolatey, darn good, can have these all day long :-)

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  43. Seriously don't think there is any combo better than coconut and chocolate chip. YUM!

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  44. I have heard and seen the flood issue in Toronto. :( The weather has been really crazy strange around the world. I love coconut and chocolate and these cookies look heavenly! :)

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