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Eating whole food plant based, doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert!  In fact, it’s so easy to create delicious, healthy treats like this easy Vegan Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!  These are the BEST, yet use whole wheat, are eggless, dairy free, oil free, refined sugar free, has no brown sugar, no butter, but turn our PERFECT every time.  Learn how to make these homemade WFPB treats that are so soft & chewy with this simple recipe done in less than 30 minutes. #darkchocolate #chocolatechipcookies #healthyveganrecipes #wfpb #vegan #plantbased #vegandessert #chocolate

You know the phrase, “Have your cake and eat it, too”? Yeah, I used to hate that because at no point were there desserts I could have daily on any typical diet. However, the FANTASTIC thing about eating whole food plant based is that there are so many ways to create HEALTHY desserts that you can have WITHOUT blowing your diet and keeping everything 100% WFPB kosher. This Vegan Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe use whole wheat flour, no refined sugar, and is oil free! Happy dance!

Coconut sugar is unrefined and lower on the glycemic index

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I love discovering coconut sugar as a WFPB alternative to white sugar. Coconut sugar is unrefined and lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar. Coconut sugar gets a score of 35, while white sugar is around 65 on the glycemic index.

You can sub coconut sugar for any white sugar or brown sugar in any dessert recipe at a 1:1 ratio. If you are unfamiliar with coconut sugar or can’t find it at your local grocery store in the baking aisle, then you can find it here.

Date pate is full of fiber & nutrients

Date paste is another fantastic substitute for sugar in sweet treats to keep them whole food plant based. It has a glycemic index rating of 42, so a little higher than coconut sugar, however date paste has fiber & more nutrients than coconut sugar. Date paste can also be subbed at a 1:1 ratio for white or brown sugar in most dessert recipes.

In this dark chocolate chip cookie recipe, I used 3/4 cup of coconut sugar & 3/4 cup of date paste. You can also do ALL of one or the other if you prefer. If you use all coconut sugar, then they will actually have a little more of a cookie texture. If you use all date paste, they will be a little thicker with more of a cake texture. But they all taste great so, you do you!

If you are following an Eat to Live or Dr. Fuhrman plan, he recommends using date paste rather than coconut sugar because it is more nutrient dense.

Check out this easy date paste recipe here – you can keep it in your fridge or freezer so you always have some on hand.

Date paste is really easy to DIY and make yourself at home. It has many uses to replace refined sugar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar in brownies, cakes, cookies, and more. Learn how to make date paste with only 2 ingredients and no soaking! Whole food plant based desserts are great to use date paste to keep them nutrient dense. #datepaste #wfpb #plantbaseddesserts #norefinedsugar #2ingredients #eattolive #nutritarian #wholefoodplantbased

Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips

Oh heavenly chocolate! I really love using dark chocolate chips in my recipes, especially since I’ve discovered they are high in fiber & antioxidants! 2 grams of fiber per tablespoon! Heck yeah!

Dark chocolate has so many health benefits including being rich in minerals, lowering blood pressure & cholesterol, and even has anti-inflammatory effects. Check out all the great health benefits of dark chocolate here.

Chocolate loses its health benefits when it has a ton of refined white sugar, oil, & dairy added to it. Dark chocolate does NOT contain cocoa butter, which is an oil from the cocoa bean (always read labels to make sure). So go with vegan dark chocolate for healthy whole food plant-based treats!

Make sure you get a vegan dark chocolate that is 69% cocoa or higher and doesn’t contain cocoa butter. I like the Enjoy Life brand of Dark Chocolate Chips and can usually find them at my local Kroger or Walmart. If you can’t find them locally, then you can get them here from Amazon.

Make sure you buy the DARK chocolate chips and not the semi-sweet. Semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips contain cocoa butter and more refined sugar.

Unsweetened applesauce substitute instead of oil when baking

Oil & butter are mainly used to create a moist texture so in baking dishes, subbing unsweetened applesauce works really well in most desserts to make them WFPB.

I typically use about a 1:1 ratio when subbing unsweetened applesauce instead of oil or butter.

Because there is no oil or butter in this recipe, the dough is thick and won’t flatten out into cookie shapes on its own while cooking. Simple fix! After you place the tablespoon balls of dough onto the baking mat, wet your fingers slightly and then mash & shape them into cookie shapes.

vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

Because there are no preservatives in these cookies, it’s best to store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator. They will last at least 7 days; well, maybe….if they aren’t all gone before then!

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No mixer needed – get messy!

If you don’t want to get your dusty mixer out of storage and hassle with something else to clean, then no worries! You don’t even need a mixer for this recipe. You just have to get your hands a little messy!

Basically, after you mix all the dry ingredients together, add the wet ingredients and then knead it together with your hands until a dough forms and is mixed evenly. Then add the dark chocolate chips and any other mix-ins you might like to try like chopped walnuts or unsweetened coconut flakes.

Tip: have the dark chocolate chips (and walnuts/coconut flakes if using) already portioned out in a measuring cup so you don’t have to wash your hands to measure them out.

More WFPB CHOCOLATEY treats!

Eating whole food plant based, doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert!  In fact, it’s so easy to create delicious, healthy treats like this easy Vegan Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!  These are the BEST, yet use whole wheat, are eggless, dairy free, oil free, refined sugar free, has no brown sugar, no butter, but turn our PERFECT every time.  Learn how to make these homemade WFPB treats that are so soft & chewy with this simple recipe done in less than 30 minutes. #darkchocolate #chocolatechipcookies #healthyveganrecipes #wfpb #vegan #plantbased #vegandessert #chocolate

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Healthy Vegan Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eating a healthy whole food plant based diet doesn't mean you can't have yummy treats without blowing your diet. With a few substitutions, you can create delicious WFPB desserts you can have any day of the week. These Vegan Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are oil free, whole grain, refined sugar free, and have 3 grams of fiber per cookie.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy plant based chocolate chip cookies, no oil cookies, no refined sugar vegan chocolate cake, vegan chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 30
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Kim Murphy

Ingredients

Optional mix ins

Instructions

  • Preheat an oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, & coconut sugar).
  • Add the date paste, apple sauce, plant milk, & vanilla extract. You can use a mixer, but I just use my hands to knead the dough until completely mixed. (Little messy but saves time & effort of getting out the mixer & cleaning it!)
  • Fold in dark chocolate chips and walnuts if using.
  • Drop heaping tablespoon balls of dough on the baking sheet. Wet your fingers slightly and then flatten each on into a cookie shape. (They won't naturally flatten out while cooking because they don't contain oil or butter)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes then let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition facts do not include walnuts or unsweetened coconut flakes.
The healthier option is to use the date paste instead of more coconut sugar because the dates have extra fiber & nutrients.  However, it does give it a slightly more cake texture.  Using more coconut sugar instead of date paste will give it more of a cookie texture. Coconut sugar is unrefined and is lower on the glycemic index (35) than regular sugar (65), but is the same amount of calories and less nutrient dense than date paste.
You can also go with all date paste instead of half coconut sugar.  They will be more thick and chewy, but still great!
For gluten free, you can use oat flour.
For nut free, leave out the walnuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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