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The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free + vegan chocolate chunk cookies with walnuts

One of our indulgences during this quarantine has been baking cookies. I’m gluten-free and have found that many of my old stand-by treats don’t quite taste the same. That’s good in that we don’t eat many treats, but sometimes you just want a little something really yummy, ya know?

Well, I’ve finally perfected a recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies to the point where they don’t even taste gluten free! Of course, if you aren’t gluten free you can totally just use regular flour and they will be delicious.

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I originally got this recipe from my daughter Kylee. Her husband started baking them every week and they loved them! I knew I wanted to try to make our own version with gluten free flour and a few of our own twists like dark chocolate chunks, chopped walnuts and sea salt flakes sprinkled on top for a final gourmet finishing touch.

I’m happy to say they are DIVINE!

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

ORIGINAL RECIPE from Pick Up Limes

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup refined coconut oil packed not melted (the refined coconut oil makes a difference in the flavor!) Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm if it has liquified.

 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

3 T maple syrup

6 T plant-based milk (we use this one)

1 T pure vanilla extract 

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 flour

1 cup organic dark chocolate cacao chunks (use dairy free chips to make these vegan)

Chopped walnuts, if desired

Optional: Sea Salt Flakes for topping

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Mix the coconut oil and brown sugar with a fork. Add maple syrup and mix until well combined. Combine the milk, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 

You can firm the mixture in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes (especially if it’s a warm day!) so the cookies don’t flatten or spread out too much when baking.

Add the flour to the bowl and stir until just-combined, gently fold in the chocolate chunks and walnuts (if desired). 

Form into small balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet lined with baking paper.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until edges are golden and tops are set.

Top with sea salt flakes while still warm.

We made up a little gift box of cookies for a friend this week to brighten their day. A little kindness goes a long way!

Let me know if you make these, I think you’ll love them as much as we do.

Enjoy and much love to you, friends!


The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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77 Comments

  1. Betty in Arlington

    Wonderful recipe for my celiac husband; I am also celiac from when I was a child and have forgotten about making GF dessert snacks!

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      • Deborah W. Britt

        Sounds like a great recipe.

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        • Angela G

          Thanks for saying you can sub regular flour. Presuming you could use dairy milk in lieu of plant based?

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  2. Judy

    How long do they bake at 350 ? They look delicious!

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    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Judy, so sorry that line was accidentally deleted from my post! I added it back in this morning :). Thanks for letting me know!

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  3. Caroline

    Looks delish!

    Where did you get the cute heart stickers?

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  4. Sandy McGuigan

    I see a darling little White House with removable lid and spoon. Is that for sugar? Can you tell me where you found it? I just love it!

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    • Jo Jo

      These sound yummy! I do eat gluten free and bake that way, but the only flours I use are coconut flour, almond flour or Lupin flour. Can I substitute any of these flours for the standard “ gluten free flour you use ( and what proportion? ). I done eat any grains or grain flour. Thanks! I’d love to try to make these if I can substitute with the flours I do use.

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      • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

        I’m sure you can but I haven’t experimented yet. I have coconut and almond flour but not lupin. Let me know if you try this recipe with grain-free substitutions, I’d love to know!

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    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      It’s called a Salt House, I believe I got it at Wayfair but they haven’t had it in stock for a long time. I keep hunting for it and if I ever find it again (or if you do and share it with me!) I will share it here!! It’s such a cute little thing.

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  5. Maryann Horner

    Ok so now I’m adding baking to the weekend chores 🤓 thanks for the yummy sounding recipe for the inspo and for the great giveaway too 👍

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  6. Helen

    Although I don’t need a gluten-free recipe, these look delicious!

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  7. Nancy Marino

    Thank you for the recipe. Could you please statre how long these might take to bake?

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  8. Deb

    Gluten free? Dark chocolate chips? Sea salt? OK, now I want cookies for breakfast!

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  9. Isabel Z

    I hope I have all the ingredients in the cupboard to bake these for they look heavenly!

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  10. Cindy D

    I’ll have to try this. Your cookies look delish. Thank you for the chance. :)

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  11. Marilyn Thore

    Home Style Saturdays always bring pops of color, decorating wisdom & yummy treats. Thanks for making my weekend special!

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  12. Christine G

    They look delicious…I may have to try these!

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  13. Phyl

    I will pass this recipe on to my celiac friend and maybe I will try them myself. They look delicious.

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  14. Kathy Sladovnik

    These sound so delicious. I’m am loving dark chocolate and sea salt right now. Can’t wait to make these.

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  15. Billie

    I don’t have celiac, recipe looks good Though

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  16. Susan Toto

    I really need to try these for my grandson. Thank you!

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  17. Deb Wostmann

    These look delicious. You can bet I’ll be making these in the near future.

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  18. Tammy

    The cookies look so yummy. My daughter and I have Celiac and need to try this recipe.

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  19. Linda Salvatore

    Yum! Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try these! Thank you Melissa for the recipe!

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  20. Cecilia from Georgia

    YUMMY! Pinning and making for company this weekend! Thanks for the recipe and great giveaway!

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  21. Susan Dickman

    Oooohhh these look yummy! I have a friends whose daughter just learned she needs a gluten free diet and these will be awesome for her. I may have to make them just for me as well. 😊

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  22. Lori Howard

    We typically like our chocolate chip cookies thin and crispy on the edges with a bit of gooey on the inside. I wonder if you spread these out on a warm day with soft dough if that works out well too? These look awesome and with some hot coffee or hot chocolate!? Oh my!!! We will have to try the recipe out for sure. Thanks for sharing:0)

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    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Yes if you leave them in you can get crispy edges! They are so yummy, soft and fluffy on the inside!

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  23. heidi

    ok…so this is ironic…been trying different vegan baking recipes for all to enjoy. i WILL try this recipe~

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  24. loyda

    They look so good. .Now are these a soft or hard cookie?

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  25. Kathy Henson

    I am passing this recipe on to a good friend. I know she will enjoy it! tanks for sharing!

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  26. Deborah

    The cookies sound so good. Can hardly wait.

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  27. Terry Moore

    First, I never miss your posts since I love your blog. Lastly, I would spend the money on some evergreens since this year more than most a lot of people are focused on their gardens and yards. Mine could use some winter interest. Thanks for the giveaway! Also, these cookies look too good to not make! Thanks for the receipe.

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  28. Amanda

    It’s good to have these recipes for when I need a treat for gf friends! Thanks!

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  29. Anne Macaulay

    I can’t wait to try these. Our newest niece has a wheat allergy and we are always trying to find ways to change our favorite recipes for her.

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  30. Anne Marie Gorman

    My son who is Vegan would love these cookies. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Kim Lennie

    These look delicious and will work in perfectly for a couple of people in my family. I have one who is allergic to gluten and the other is vegan so this is perfect.

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  32. Lisa

    I will have to try these and bring them to work for my gluten free office colleague. Thanks!

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  33. Tammie

    These cookies would be perfect for a coworker who has gluten issues!

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  34. Sheila

    Can’t wait to try these cookies! Thank you.

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  35. Retha

    Never tried vegan, gluten cookies but these do look delicious. Copying this recipe and sharing with my daughter.

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  36. Joanne

    I’m really enjoying the Homestyle Saturday series!! Thanks!

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  37. Christine Keene

    I can’t have gluten or dairy so these are perfect for me! I’d like to try that salt, too. I use Real Salt on my food but never tried flaky salt.

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  38. Toni

    Great recipe! Thanks. I enjoy trying new ones.

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  39. Kristina

    These look delicious! Always love some salt on a cookie.

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  40. Jane C.

    These look delicious and I totally need to track down the salt flakes. I always enjoy your posts and love the Home Style Saturdays.

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  41. elle

    Looks like a great recipe. We can’t do the coconut oil. Will try avocado oil instead.

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  42. Morven R Baker

    Thank you for this. I’m celiac and have waited for over 13 years since diagnosis to have a decent chocolate chip cookie!

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  43. Jenn

    Love sea salt with chocolate! Thank you for Home Style Saturdays! I look forward to it each week. I have a PayPal account that I used infrequently before the pandemic but have found I am using it much more now. It makes me feel more secure when I order online from sites I am not familiar with. This has occurred more often as I hunt for hard to find items during this crazy time.

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  44. Johanna

    Always appreciate great GF recipes. One of the members in my quilt group has a gluten allergy, and I like to change the treats I make for her when we have our meetings.
    Johanna B.

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  45. Debra

    The maple syrup and dark chocolate chunks will really up my game next time I bake GF CC cookies! Thanks for sharing your secrets.

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  46. Liz

    The cookies look great – I’ve bookmarked the recipe to give it a try later.

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  47. Michelle Nettles

    These look & sound delish!! Can’t wait to try them!! :)

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  48. MJ

    You raised your daughter very well – she shares her ‘yummy’ recipes with you! :-)
    Can you imagine anyone putting up their nose at a chocolate chip cookie or a give-away, not me, put me in the winners circle as the chocolate dries on my chin. :-)
    There is NOTHING not to love about Home Style Saturdays and all the things you
    lovely blogging ladies bring to the world, two hundred times! I approve of your great job, two dolphins clapping here. :-)

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  49. Anna Grainger

    These look amazing and easy to make

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  50. Diane Lanford

    Great recipe for my grandchildren Thank you for a beautiful post

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  51. Mechelle Ash

    These cookies are on my list to try!

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  52. Laurie T

    Can’t wait to try these! I went gluten (and sugar) free about 6 months ago and have lost 23 pounds and feel AMAZING! When I do have a small amount of gluten, I don’t feel well. It’s better for my thyroid issues I have too. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Jennifer

    I know several people with gluten issues and will give this recipe a try! Do you know if these freeze well?

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  54. Kathi Mundigler

    Thanks for this recipe, I think it will be a new favorite. I have been in the mood to bake a treat and this is going to be it!

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  55. Evadne Griffin

    I made these cookies today. They were amazing!! I’m vegan and these are the best and will now be my base cookie. I may try adding a little peanut butter next time and no walnuts.

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  56. LUCY LOMELIN

    My Hubby has turned Vegan and this sounds yummy!

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  57. Ann

    Will definitely have to make these!

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  58. tracey clark

    Making these for my gluten free friends….

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  59. karen

    Thanks for the recipe. My daughter has IBS and gluten really bothers her. I will be trying these out for sure.

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  60. Lori Gray

    These look so yummy! While I don’t do gluten free, I have friends who do and this would be perfect to take to a gathering.

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  61. Deb G

    I already commented BUT I just wanted to let you know that I made those amazing GF Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies and yes, they are the best. My grands and I are making them when they come this week!

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  62. Crissy Baumann

    Oh my goodness, this is right up my alley! I love sweet and salty, and your photos make these cookies look so scrumptious.

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  63. Cheryl

    Those cookies lok delicious.😊

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  64. Susan Anderson

    Since I was recently diagnosed with having gluten as a reactor to inflaming my diabetes, gluten has become my enemy. Your gluten free chocolate chip receipe is a fantastic option to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Brenda Haines

    You had me at Maple! Yum!

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  66. Kesha

    The cookies look so yummy! My cousin is Gluten Intolerant. I can’t wait to make these for her. She will be so happy!

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