Having my mom here for the last several days was such a treat. I’ve felt a bit like a basket case lately as we’re dealing with some behavioural issues (the munchkin, not the mom!), and having her here made the world of difference. As I’ve written about in my birth story, the presence of other women who’ve been through it before (childbirth, raising a family, etc.) is a comforting feeling. There is strength to be found in hearing someone else’s child-rearing war stories (which are often hilarious in hindsight…seriously hilarious!). Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that everything is going to be ok, despite feeling like you’re doing most things wrong, unable to find solutions to ongoing issues, or worse yet, creating lifelong bad habits. I’m starting to realize that it’s ok not to have an immediate answer, to sift through the highs and lows of parenting, to do my best each day while troubleshooting through it all, and know that in the end love wins. We have so much love and laughter in this house—I have to remind myself not to lose sight of that. When my mom says to me that soon she’ll be grown and past these phases I find myself welling up with tears because I don’t want this time to pass, yet some days I’m at a loss as to how to get through them. “We are given what we’re able to handle,” she reminds me. Parenting is a humbling experience, and I laugh at my former self who had a long list of “things I’d never do as a parent”. Well, that list has been a running joke around here of late.
Cookies have felt so right lately, in every way possible. I’ve gotten lost in the testing of this recipe, probably 12 times in a few weeks (as you may have witnessed on Snapchat and Instagram!), and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out. I can’t even deal with how delicious these are, and how much joy they’ve brought into our lives. Total comfort food, right here.
Here are some things I love about these cookies:
+ They are jumbo (so glad I didn’t go with my original idea—mini cookies…temporary lapse in judgement, clearly.), chewy, and gooey (thanks to big chunks of chocolate and a short bake time) with a crispy edge (aka: my cookie nirvana).
+ They are vegan and gluten-free with a perfect texture…so pretty much unicorns of the cookie world given how amazing they taste.
+ Much like my beloved Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, they have a wholesome base made up of oats and almonds.
+ They are sweetened with pure maple syrup rather than cane and brown sugar (this is a big request I’ve had!).
+ You only need ONE bowl! And everything is stirred by hand—no electric mixer required!
+ They only contain a few tablespoons of virgin coconut oil—there’s no vegan butter to speak of, but the flavour isn’t compromised one bit.
+ They are bursting with gooey chunks of dark chocolate! I started my testing with 100 grams, then tried 125 grams, and finally settled on 150 grams of chocolate in this recipe. Trust me on this one. Normally, I gravitate toward this 70% dark chocolate, but we all preferred a slightly milder bar in this recipe—Camino 55% dark chocolate bars. Feel free to experiment and find your perfect chocolate in this recipe!
+ Arrowroot flour/starch helps bind these cookies rather than a flax egg (some of you requested a vegan/gf cookie without flax due to flax allergies so I’m happy you can enjoy them too!).
+ They are super fun to photograph (hence, the million pictures). Try it yourself and tag them #ohsheglows on social media so I can see!
+ Did I mention they’re the cookies of my dreams? Ok, I’ll stop now.
Jumbo Chocolate Chunk Cookies
13 jumbo (4-inch) cookies
These vegan and gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies will blow your mind! The cookie dough is sweetened with pure maple syrup—you'd never know they don't contain any granulated cane or brown sugar (aside from the chocolate, of course). Almond butter, oats, almond flour, and a small amount of coconut oil form the hearty and nutritious base of these irresistible cookies. Prepare yourself for an addiction. We love these warm, but they're also great straight from the freezer or fridge! This recipe is inspired by The Bojon Gourmet.
For the wet ingredients:
- 1/2 cup (120 g) natural smooth almond butter (no subs)*
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (105 mL) pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons (45 mL) virgin coconut oil, softened but not hot**
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the dry ingredients:
- 1/2 cup (50 g) gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (50 g) gluten-free oat flour
- 1/4 cup (33 g) arrowroot flour/starch
- 1/4 cup (25 g) almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- (150g) 55% non-dairy dark chocolate (about 1 1/2 bars)***
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a very large (approx. 21 by 15 inch) baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the wet ingredients (almond butter, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla) until completely smooth.
- Stir the dry ingredients (oats, oat flour, arrowroot, almond flour, baking soda, and salt) into the wet mixture, one by one, until thoroughly combined. The dough will be a bit wet/oily, but this is normal.
- Chop the chocolate into small chunks. Set aside 3 tablespoons (for topping the cookie dough later), and stir the rest of the chocolate into the batter until combined.
- Using a large retractable cookie scoop (or simply a spoon and your hands), scoop mounds of dough (about 2 1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie). Add each onto the baking sheet, about 3 inches apart, as they'll spread a lot while baking.
- Press the remaining 3 tablespoons of chocolate onto the tops of the cookie dough mounds, evenly distributed. (Reshape the cookie dough mounds if they flatten a bit.)
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (I prefer 8 1/2 to 9 minutes for gooey and soft cookies), until the cookies are spread out. If you prefer a crispy cookie, bake for about 12 minutes.
- Cool the cookies directly on the baking sheet for about 5 to 6 minutes. The cookies will be super delicate until they are cooled. Using a spatula, gently transfer each cookie directly onto a cooling rack for another 10 minutes, where they'll firm up even more. (It's normal to have a small amount of oil on the bottom of the cookies due to the almond butter. If this bothers you, simply place them on a couple sheets of paper towel.) Serve and enjoy! Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing.
- * It's important to use natural smooth almond butter that has a fairly "drippy" consistency. Be sure to stir it very well before measuring and avoid using the dry/hard nut butter at the bottom of the jar as it's too difficult to mix with the other wet ingredients. Some readers have also said that using peanut butter resulted in cookies that didn't spread out and didn't hold together, so I wouldn't recommend subbing the almond butter.
- ** What is softened coconut oil? During the warm summer months, coconut oil is the perfect "softened" consistency at room temperature; it's neither solid nor completely melted. If you do need to use melted coconut oil, just be sure that it's not hot/warm or it could melt the chocolate.
- *** I prefer Camino 55% dark chocolate bars in this recipe, but feel free to use the chocolate of your choice.
- Tip: These cookies spread out a lot and are fairly thin. If you prefer a thicker cookie you can try chilling the dough before baking. (I haven't tried this yet myself.)
Nutrition Information(click to expand)
I posted this recipe to the Oh She Glows Recipe App over the weekend, and I’ve already had some questions about these cookies that I will share here:
Can I sub natural peanut butter for almond butter? Some readers have commented that they tried this swap and it didn’t work out so well. The cookies didn’t spread out and they were very crumbly. So I wouldn’t recommend it.
Can I make these nut-free? I haven’t tried a nut-free version yet, but if I do it will likely involve trying out sunflower seed butter and finely ground toasted sunflower seeds. Obviously the flavour will change a lot and might be overpowering. The cookies might not spread out, too. If you try anything out, please leave a comment and let us know how it turns out!
Can I swap the arrowroot for another starch? Arrowroot flour is a starch and it helps bind these cookies together. I haven’t tested this recipe using another starch yet (such as tapioca or potato starch), so I can’t say for sure. Again, if you try anything out please report back!
Can I make regular-sized cookies as opposed to jumbo? You sure can!
How do you store these cookies? After cooling completely, I typically store these cookies in a zip bag or container in the fridge (where they’ll firm up even more thanks to the coconut oil solidifying) for a few days. You can also store them in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer (likely for up to 1 month, but we’ll probably never be able to verify this).
Thank you for such a wonderful vegan cookie recipe. These look amazing.
I followed the recipe exactly, using runny almond butter, and mine did not spread out at all. They are still tasty but I’m wondering where I went wrong?
I think these are the BEST cookies I’ve ever had. I made them exactly as directed except I used a little less chocolate. They can be soft and chewy or crunchy if you bake them a bit longer. Finally a cookie that tastes great and is actually healthy. Awesome job! thank you ?
Thank you for this recipe. The cookies are amazing. Instead of using plain almond butter, I used Justin’s Hazelnut almond butter from Target.
Hazelnut almond butter sounds delish, Ashley!
For the almond flour — does it specifically need to be almond flour (i.e., the light-colored, blanched kind), or is almond meal (i.e., just ground up almonds) ok too?
Hey Melissa, Great question! Almond meal is a little different than almond flour, in that it has a slightly coarser consistency; it’s not as finely ground and it uses the skins of the almonds. (As well, as you noted, it isn’t typically made from blanched almonds, whereas almond flour is.) You may find almond meal yields cookies with a slightly different texture than you’d get with the almond flour. I haven’t tried this recipe with almond meal myself, but if you decide to experiment with that swap, I’d love it if you’d report back. You can also check out my Crispy Peanut Butter Cookies on the blog and there’s a similar recipe in my first book, both of which use almond meal. :)
I made these and used bob’s red mill gluten free 1-1 flour and they didn’t spread at all…. don’t recommend using that. I will be retrying tomorrow with a different flour!!
Thanks for reporting in, Jessica! I hope the cookies spread out a bit more with whatever flour you tried the next day. I’d love to hear!
I don’t think I took into enough consideration just how much these would spread….LOL, I pretty much made a giant cookie! With that said, it wasn’t pretty, but the flavors were great. Guess I’ll try again!
These look soooo yummy!! Will definitely give it a go :)
These are amazing! I’m waiting for the second sheet of them to come out of the oven and I’ve already eaten two! I think I oversalted them a little bit they’re so awesome I don’t even notice it! I’m obsessed.
Peanut butter worked beautifully, can sub desiccated coconut for almond flour too
Hi! Thanks for the recipe :-D
Can we omit the arrowroot?
Hi Nina, The arrowroot is a starch that helps bind these cookies together. I haven’t tested this recipe using another starch yet myself, but a number of readers have tried swapping in other starches like tapioca, potato, and corn starch and had success. Hope that helps!
Alrighty thank you
I’ve been putting off making these for months, holding them out as a figurative carrot for myself for getting stuff done.
Today I decided that because a) it’s my birthday, b) it’s a crummy one given the events happening in nearby DC today, and c) I’m home from work due to said events, it was time to make them. I’ve learned to follow your recipes to a T since they really don’t need tweaking, which goes against my usual cooking and baking approach.
Trader Joe’s creamy salted almond butter worked perfectly, and I suspect their raw almond butter would work as well. I cut chunks from their Pound Plus chocolate bar and these cookies are AMAZING! So glad I finally made them. Now, to figure out a way to keep from eating half of them before taking my twin sister some tonight…
Also, thanks for the Android app! So thrilled I can get it now!
Hi I was just wondering if there was a substitute for the oat flour as I cant seem to get it here in my local shops in Ireland?
Laura, you can just take oats and grind them up in a food processor or coffee grinder. That’s what I do and it works great!
Yum! These are so delicious!!
You’re amazing. This is my go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. After making such drastic changes to my diet I didn’t think I’d ever be able to enjoy them again, and although I prefer to be oil free, an exception is made for these cookies.
The only thing that would be better is white chocolate macadamia nut, I suppose I can just swap out the chocolate chunks ?
Yum, if you try that swap, please let us know how it goes!
This recipe was great! Thank you for posting it.
I used buckwheat flour instead of the oat flour and it worked perfectly. I actually find them a little sweet, so next time I’d use a little less maple syrup.
I’ve made these twice now and they are awesome! Thanks so much for this great recipe Angela!
These were absolutely fantastic!!!!! Your recipes are amazing. Thank you!! :)
Aw, thanks, Melissa! I’m glad the cookies were a hit.
So happy I found this recipe! These are seriously the best cookies I have ever had! The maple syrup in place of cane sugar/any other kind of sugar is brilliant, I don’t get a sugar high and then crash after having one of these cookies.
I’m glad you found it too, Lindsay! :)
I loved these! I made them with sunflower butter and honey instead of maple syrup and they turned out amazing and gooey and yummy!
I’m happy to hear those swaps turned out so well, Karina! Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic recipe, my guests LOVED them! Thank you :)
Made a few swaps, since I prefer to use what I have in the kitchen.
Used agave instead of maple syrup and corn starch (50gram) instead of arrowroot.
Worked just fine :)
So glad to hear those swaps worked out well, Inez! Thanks for sharing.
These were sooooo good!! They hit the spot for that chocolate craving. Making another batch this weekend. They didn’t last more than 2 days in my house.
Glad you enjoyed them, Gia! They don’t last long in our house, either ;)
My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Thanks and yum
These chocolate chunk cookies were a hit — especially warm and gooey from the oven. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Ohhh they are the best cookies ever!! i put a bar of 55% dark chocolate and half of the salted caramel crunch, also 55% from Camino. The mix of flavours is incredible and the almond butter really makes the difference. it takes 15 minutes top chrono to make and there’s no refined sugar and no egg. i could just make a batch to eat the cookie dough. this is officially my go-to cookie recipe. it’s just perfect!
Followed this recipe to a tee, and let me just say… best cookies I have ever eaten!!! I am a meat eater, gluten, dairy, you name it eater without restrictions… but even so, these are still the best cookies I ever made/eaten and even better, I feel good eating them!! Hats off to you for getting this so right!!!!
Thanks so much for the glowing review, Jasmin! I’m thrilled to hear you’re loving the recipe.
your recipes are always great. Thanks so much for all that you share. Kisses from Barcelona.
YUM! Amazing! My new favorite cookie recipe. Loving only using one bowl too! I subbed the arrowroot for cornstarch and it worked well in case anyone’s wondering :)
These cookies are amazing! I saw a few comments about replacing the arrowroot flour/powder with a flax egg and I’m happy to say that it worked well (it was actually about a one and half flax eggs). I have tried the recipe both ways and the texture is slightly different but both cookies are fantastic. Also added a bit of cinnamon and traded the chocolate chips up for raisins and they were just as good. Thank you so much for everything you do. I love that I can pretty much make anything off your site and it will be tasty.
Thanks for the love, Leila! And thanks too for sharing that helpful info about swaps :)
I had tapioca starch and ‘enjoy life’chocolate chips. Had to sub smart balance ‘butter’ for the coconut oil since we have an allergy and these came out great. the best GF cookies we’ve had.
I made these cookies this afternoon and they sure didn’t look like the picture on here but they tasted really good, mine were a bit hard and dry for some reason
My husband is a vegan and also does no oils whatsoever or anything coconut. I substituted the coconut oil with unsweetened applesauce. They turned out perfect and taste exceptionally great. I also used 71% chocolate and they were awesome! Thank you. I have tried many of your recipes, have your book and passed it on to many friends.
Thanks for sharing, Mary Ann! So great to know that swap worked out so well for you. And thank you for the cookbook love, too — I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! :)
I love this recipe! Although I use natural peanut butter instead of almond butter to save money since almond butter is so expensive. I’ve also on occasion added chopped peanuts (minus the salt in the recipe) and had great results!
Oh, thanks for sharing, Caroline! I can imagine those chopped peanuts add a great twist!
I’m trying to make these for a some colleagues at work but one my co-workers is allergic to almonds.. I know you’ve mentioned not to substitute the almond butter, but could you recommend something else? Would xanthan gum do it justice?
Hey Nina, Some readers have commented that they tried swapping in natural peanut butter and sunflower seed butter; while their cookies didn’t spread out as much (and in some cases were quite crumbly), they reportedly still tasted pretty good. I have used drippy sunflower seed butter with success in the past, and mine held together fine. I think you could probably do so and still generally expect to end up with tasty, if potentially“imperfect”, results. (And if they end up too crumbly to share with your colleagues, you’ll still get a great smoothie or banana soft serve topping out of it!). Just make sure that whatever kind of nut or seed butter you swap in, it’s drippy! I hope this helps. :)
Sorry if someone has already asked this but can you provide the brand of vegan chocolate you use? I have a hard time finding vegan chocolate bars (I can find the choc chips). Love your recipes!
Happy to help, Ann Marie! I’m personally a big fan of Green & Black’s organic chocolate. Normally, I gravitate toward their 70% dark chocolate bar, but in this particular recipe the consensus in the Liddon household is that we prefer the milder 55% chocolate bar. Hope this helps!
I ended up using Tapioca flour instead of arowroot because safeway didnt carry it, and they actually turned out SO good!! Literally the best GF, VG chocolate chip cookies Ive ever had since being vegan!!
Thanks for sharing this recipe and making it healthy!
I also subbed coconut oil with applesauce and they were still very soft & gooey!
Made these this evening… these things were freaking amazing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the treat, Megan!
I made these and the batter was absolutely AMAZING but my cookies turned out dry and crumbly. I followed your directions exactly with no substitutions…and cooked the 10 minutes since we like more “crunchy” cookies. They also didn’t spread out like yours did…Help please! I had plans to share with my doctoral classmate going through chemo and trying to eat vegan but they aren’t as good as I had hoped. (PS…all your other recipes have been amazing…so I’m thinking user error…I’m just not sure where I went wrong). Thanks!
Hi AnnaLynn, That’s so sweet of you to think of doing that for your classmate, and I’m sorry to hear your cookies turned out on the crumbly side on this first attempt at the recipe. It sounds like you followed the recipe to a T, but do you think it’s possible your natural almond butter was a bit too dry? I find a really drippy consistency works best with these cookies, so you’ll want to avoid the harder stuff you get toward the bottom of the jar, especially. It’s really important that a drippy almond butter is used, the dough is mixed well, and the cookies cool before handling them (they are extremely delicate at first). If you try the recipe again, I hope you get better results! (In the meantime, it sounds like those crumbs might be begging to be used as a topping for some banana soft serve or a decadent PB smoothie…;))
I’m having the same problem. I think it has to do with the brand of almond butter I use. In the past, I’ve used a really oily almond butter, and they came out great. This time I used a sugarless almond butter from the health food store that is fresh ground from almonds, and it was much drier. I added extra almond butter, but they still came out dry and crumbly.
I love this recipe. I made a single batch first to check it out, then as soon as they cooled down enough to taste, I fell in love with this cookie. I quickly threw together another (double!) batch. This is a winner recipe.
A few things I did off-recipe: I ground up rolled oats in the food processor to get “oat flour.” A 1/2 cup of rolled oats yields about 1/4-1/3 cup of oat flour.
I subbed tapioca starch/flour for the arrowroot, and all was well.
My almond butter was down to the bottom of the jar, so not “runny” but more firm, so I just measured generous, rounded heaping spoons of coconut oil, to replace the missing fats.
All in all, a divine cookie. I’m going to share it right now with all my gluten-free friends.
Thanks for sharing, Susan, and for spreading the cookie love!
Delicious! Only sub, because I didn’t feel like grinding up some oats for oat flour, is that I used some quinoa flour I have–and the cookies are great! I don’t think they spread quite as much as yours, but are pretty perfect. Thanks. (I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips.)
Maybe this has been answered before but I cannot find it. Where do you find non dairy chocolate? Thanks! Can’t wait to try them!
Hey Kaila, You can usually find non-dairy chocolate in the organic/naturals section of your grocery store, or at a place like Bulk Barn (just check the labels to be sure). I tend to buy Enjoy Life brander Whole Foods 365 brand for chips/chunks. My fave dark chocolate bar is Green and Blacks Organic 70%. I hope this helps, and happy baking!
I just made these, and I swapped the arrowroot for tapioca starch and they turned out perfectly :)
That’s great to hear, Kimberly! Thanks for letting us know.
Hey Susan, I can’t see why not! I totally love cookies without chocolate too. Please let us know how it goes if you give it a try!
I made these yesterday, turned out great! I like a cakey chocolate chip cookie and ran out of oats to make oatflour so I subbed in coconut flour for oatflower. Worked out great! Cakey texture, held together great, but didn’t spread at all so I had to squish them down a little before baking.
We made these cookies, and they are amazing. Try them!
I’m not vegan nor do I eat gluten free but the friend I made them
For does eat GF….I followed this recipe to the letter (I used the dairy free dark chocolate dream brand) and they were absolutely incredible. The perfect amount of sweetness and oh so very chewy and almondy:). I will definitely make these again and again because they are really that good. If there are any weight watchers out there I did take the time to calculate the points. If you make 12 cookies like I did they were approx 10 points a cookies (9.833 to be exact ) you can make them smaller for less points but they were worth it (I ate 3 cough cough). The next time I make them I’m going to use the Theo salted toffee 55% dark chocolate. Also, I saw someone mention doing the nutrition facts. It’s all on the packages. It might take you a little time but give it a try….
So… after having made these several times according to recipe… I finally tried it with half peanut butter/half almond butter… and they turned out GREAT!
I was reluctant at first since it was written that others tried it with peanut butter and the consistency didn’t turn out very well.. but I can confirm that half/half gave me a perfect consistency with a slightly peanut-y taste :) I used the peanut butter from a freshly opened jar and tried taking some from the middle (not too dry not to liquid), maybe that also made a difference.
Thanks again for this recipe!
That’s fantastic, Doreen! That’s so much for reporting in :)
It’s a big call but I’m going to say these are the best choc chip cookies I’ve ever made. So yummy and easy. I am similar in that I like a soft middle with slightly browned outside.
I didn’t have choc chips so I cut up an 85% dark block (100g rather than the recipes 150g). I think I’d do that again, there was plenty of choc and they are already sweet.
Didn’t have arrowroot so used tapioca and worked fine.
These will become a regular. Thanks so much!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe so much, Bec! And it’s great to know the tapioca worked out well for you :) Thanks for sharing!
Hi Angela, These cookies are THE BEST! I make them every week with my 3 year old… Sorry 3 AND A HALF year old. Recently due to some health stuff I have to go grain free (among, dairy, gluten, soy, msg free as well). Any ideas how I could still make something like this without the grains? Your blog, cookbook & app have transformed my life since last summer … I currently have some Maple baked Lentils with Sweet Potato in my oven as I type!
Hey Jennie, Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m currently developing a grain-free version right now using cassava flour and almond flour (unfortunately I don’t have the recipe published yet). Have you used cassava flour before? I just started using it, and it’s amazing, and a 1:1 replacement for wheat flour in many recipes.
Can I substitute the arrowroot flour/starch for something else, like regular flour? (I don’t need these cookies to be gluten free). Thanks! Can’t wait to try them :)
Hey Julie, Arrowroot flour is actually a starch that helps bind these cookies together, so you’d need to swap it with another starch, like tapioca, corn, or potato. I haven’t personally tested this recipe using another starch yet, but I believe a number of readers have done so and had success. I’d suggest reading back through some of the comments for tips! I hope this helps, and that you enjoy the cookies once you get a chance to make them. :)