Using both chocolate chips and cocoa powder, these delectable vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are an easy to make treat.
Instead of using a lot of fat of any kind, these cookies make use of one of my favorite baking tricks — applesauce. Its sweetness reduces the amount of sugar needed, and also acts as a fat replacer. The result is a chewy rather than crispy cookie, and one you need not feel guilty about enjoying.
BE CHOOSY ABOUT CHOCOLATE
Chocolate can have a lot of virtues, but it’s still wise to be choosy about what kind you buy. Dairy-free dark chocolate is the way to go, whether in bars for snacking on, or for chips or cocoa powder (or raw cacao) for baked or unbaked treats.
It’s important to choose fair trade chocolate in any form. Many major chocolate companies will not confirm that they comply with fair trade laws. These protect against unethical growing and harvesting practices, child labor, and even child slave labor (which has been documented in Ivory Coast, a major exporter of cocoa).
So please consider fair trade chocolate both for the chocolate chips and the cocoa powder in this recipe!
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup natural granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup applesauce, or a bit more, as needed
- 2 tablespoons safflower or other neutral oil
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Combine the first 6 (dry) ingredient in a mixing bowl and stir together until completely combined.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce and oil. Stir together until the wet and dry ingredients are completely mixed. If need be, add just a little more applesauce to moisten the dry ingredients.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and optional walnuts.
- Drop the batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheets in slightly rounded tablespoonfuls. Or, you can make larger cookies by scooping in about double the amount. Either way, flatten the cookies lightly with a spatula.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms are just lightly browned. Let stand for a minute or two, then carefully remove to plates or a rack to cool.
Photos above: Hannah Kaminsky, BittersweetBlog.com
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