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Pillowy Vegan Snickerdoodles (Gluten Free and Vegan!)

Pillowy Vegan Snickerdoodles (Gluten Free and Vegan!)

I think of my Nana when I make Snickerdoodles. Perhaps I’m biased but she really did make the best ones. They are nostalgic and comforting, and bring me right back to my childhood. If you’re like me and prefer vanilla to chocolate then they are heaven.

5 Healthier Desserts for Labor Day

5 Healthier Desserts for Labor Day

Labor Day is a time for backyard barbecues, family gatherings, and oh yes — desserts. If you’re hosting a summer soirée or just looking for a dish to bring over to your bestie’s, these 5 healthier dessert recipes won’t disappoint. Pick a party theme, turn…

Red Velvet Cake Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Red Velvet Cake Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

red velvet cake cookies

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, of course I had to give you a little something to celebrate.  Enter:  Red Velvet Cake Cookies.  

The word “Cake” in the title is purposeful, as these are like a cross between a cookie and a cupcake.  They are soft and have a moist, tender crumb all the while being vegan and gluten-free.  My daughter loves them, and loves to lick the bowl, which I allow because there is no egg to worry about!

These freeze quite well, but be aware that the powdered sugar will absorb a bit.  They still taste delicious, just not quite as pretty.

red velvet cake cookies
red velvet cake cookies

what else can i use?

  • As always, feel free to swap in regular old all purpose flour if that’s what you have and gluten doesn’t bother you.
  • I’ve tested this recipe with sugar substitutes, and the best result is subbing in half of the sugar with Monkfruit sweetener.  There is very little difference in the result, only a bit more spread with baking.
  • I like to use gel food coloring, it’s much more potent and results in a brighter color.  But it is not technically vegan, so if that’s important to you, use natural food coloring.  Just know the hue will be more pastel.
  • You can use just about any neutral oil for this recipe.  I always use either sunflower or safflower oil, but a light olive oil or even canola will work just fine.
red velvet cake cookies

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red velvet cake cookies

Red Velvet Cake Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

These vegan treats are shaped like a cookie with the tender crumb of everyone's favorite Valentine's Day cake.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 206 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 large baking sheets

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil, such as safflower
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp red gel food coloring or use natural food coloring to make it 100% vegan
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, combine oil, water, sugar, and vanilla and whisk vigorously for 1-2 minutes to fully combine.
  • Add vinegar and food coloring and whisk for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir and mix to combine so there are no traces of flour remaining.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or two tablespoons, scoop cookie dough onto one or two plates so they are not touching. You will get 10-15 cookies. The dough will seem wet, that's ok.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes. Meanwhile put a heap of powdered sugar onto a shallow plate and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Remove cookies from the freezer and roll each ball with your hands briefly, then toss around in the powdered sugar covering the outside completely.
  • Place on two parchment covered baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes until just set in the middle. Do not overbake, they will continue to harden as they cool.
  • When baked, cool on the baking pans for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 189mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword birthday cake, chocolate chip cookies, valentines day
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Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)

You’ve probably started to see pumpkins showing up in grocery stores, which means pumpkin season is here!  Is it me, or does it seem to start earlier and earlier each year?  I’m not complaining, though.  Fall is my absolute favorite time to bake.  Crisp mornings,…

The Ultimate Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Ultimate Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I baked six rounds of these cookies in a quest to make them perfect.  Gluten, and grain free cookies are not easy to create!  I’ve availed myself to many resources over the last year or so, learning more and more.  America’s Test Kitchen has many…

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free)

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free)

I didn’t mean to start a breakfast cookie website but… here we are.

These Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies are sort of a cross between banana bread and cookies, hence the name.  They are soft on the inside with lots of texture from coconut, banana and oats.  The pools of melted dark chocolate certainly don’t hurt either.  

I’m starting to realize that many of my cookie recipes could pass for breakfast cookies, which is good news since I am prone to eating one for breakfast.  If you look at the ingredient lists, they are better than most sweet breakfast foods you will find.  Maybe we will call them “Anytime Cookies” stay tuned for where I land on that.

Now let’s get into the reason you are here… these cookies.

banana bread cookies

My kids love making and eating these with me, they are simple to throw together and are almost impossible not to like (even for my picky four year old).

I store these at room temperature and they last for 3-5 days, or make a double batch and freeze half of it.  Simply take one out when you want an afternoon treat, night time snack, or quick breakfast on the go.  

banana bread cookies

Chocolate chunk banana bread cookie ingredients:

Dark Chocolate – You can use dairy free chocolate for this to keep it totally dairy free, such as Lily’s , if that’s important to you, otherwise use your favorite dark chocolate bar or chips.

Oats – Use old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe, the quick cooking or steel cut oats won’t work for this.

Banana – You want very ripe bananas for this since there is no sugar in the batter.  I always keep ripe bananas frozen in the freezer so I have them on hand.

Coconut – Coconut adds great structure and texture to these cookies.

Eggs – I’m not being finicky when I call for room temperature eggs, it really does make a difference.  In recipes with coconut oil especially, adding cold eggs to the oil will cause it to harden up on you and make mixing difficult.  It’s worth the extra few minutes of prep!

 

“What else can I use?”

  • If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, you can sub in the same amount of vegetable oil for this recipe.
  • If you don’t want to use chocolate, you can sub raisins in for the chocolate chunks and take it in an oatmeal raisin direction.
  • Both coconut flakes and shredded coconut can be used here, the texture will just be a bit tighter with the finely shredded coconut.  
  • If you don’t have almond flour, oat flour or all purpose can be used in place of that.  The texture will be a bit drier but they will still be quite good.

If you’ve read this far, I know you’re on team “Cookies for breakfast” so I urge you to also try my Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies.  They are fantastic. 

As always, find me on Instagram and let me know what you think of this recipe.  Better yet, if you make them, tag me in your Instagram stories so I can re-share.  I love to hear from you!

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Cookies

If you love banana bread and chocolate, these are a no-brainer. Sweetened only with bananas, gluten free, and dairy free these are a delightful way to start or end your day.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cookies

Equipment

  • 2 large sheet pans

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted can sub vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chunks or chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the bananas, egg, oil, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the oats, coconut, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the large bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chunks so they are evenly distributed.
  • The dough will be a bit loose, don't worry about that, they will come together.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or two tablespoons, scoop out the cookies onto lined baking sheets. I fit about 6-8 on a baking sheet and end up with 16-20 cookies.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes, until golden on top and just browned on the bottoms. You want them to be soft.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and enjoy!
Keyword banana, chocolate, cookies
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Chewy Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Chewy Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Calling all chocolate lovers: This one is for you. These cookies are delightful with a cup of tea at night, or as an afternoon treat, and I’ve been known to sandwich two of them around some coconut ice cream and let me tell you… it…