If you are looking for a comforting dessert that is not only vegan, but delicious, these vegan banana chocolate chip cookies are perfect!
You may not know this, but I was actually a vegetarian/vegan from my junior year of high school to my sophomore year of college. In total, it was almost four years of my life.
During this time, I learned a lot about vegan cooking and how to modify recipes to meet my personal dietary restrictions. All in all, I learned that a little ground flaxseed and water is a perfect egg replacement and that butter can easily be swapped with coconut oil.
Personally, I decided to stop being a vegan when I started healing my disordered eating habits (I was severely restricting my diet at the time and no longer found joy in eating or cooking), but I don’t regret the time I spent as a vegan.
I learned a lot about animal rights, the health benefits of vegetarianism and veganism and the environmental impact of animal products. I still am conscious about the animal products I do purchase and try to eat mostly plant based.
These vegan banana chocolate chip cookies are the perfect vegan treat and I encourage everyone to try it out, even if you aren’t 100% vegan yourself!
Ingredients for Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
I tried to keep the ingredients for this recipe as simple as possible to make it easy on everyone. Plus, you likely have a lot of these foods already on hand.
- Ground flaxseed
- Ripe banana
- Coconut oil
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Chocolate chips
The big changes this recipe has compared to other cookie recipes are coconut oil, ground flaxseed and banana. These ingredients help make this recipe vegan, but still tasting quite delicious.
I haven’t tested out this recipe with any swaps, so I do recommend trying the recipe just as it’s written. I can’t recommend any swaps until I’ve personally tried them out!
How to make the cookies
The process of making these cookies is pretty similar to making some regular, non-vegan cookies, but there are a few additional steps.
Step 1: Combine ground flaxseed and water. Let sit for several minutes, until flax seeds have gelled together into an egg-like texture.
Step 2: Add ripe banana and mash until combined with the flaxseed. Add brown sugar and coconut oil and combine again.
Step 3: Add in all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Combine with the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Step 4: Fold in chocolate chips. Form into small 1 inch balls.
Step 5: Place balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put in the oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until brown and crispy at the edges.
I recommend letting them sit out on the counter for several minutes before trying them out. They tend to be very crumbly when they are hot and solidify as they cool. But don’t wait too long! They are best when they are warm and the chocolate chips are nice and melty.
Tip: Make sure to let the flaxseed sit in the water for a few minutes. This allows it to gel up and act like an egg.
Nutritional benefits of Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
You may not associate cookies with any kind of health benefits, but these cookies do in fact contain some beneficial nutrients that help the body run it’s best!
The star ingredients in this recipe are flaxseed, banana and chocolate. All of these ingredients are loaded with body loving nutrients.
Flaxseeds are a high fiber food, but most notably, they are a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats!
As you probably are aware, bananas serve as a great source of potassium. They also have some magnesium and fiber to help your digestion.
Last, but certainly not least, chocolate does in fact have health benefits. While chocolate is often demonized because of the sugar content needed to actually make it taste good, the chocolate itself has some beneficial nutrients. Chocolate is high in iron, magnesium and zinc, which are all beneficial nutrients!
Overall, these cookies have quite a bit of nutrition! They contain fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, selenium, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Your body will thank you for eating them!
Are vegan alternatives really healthier?
A common misconception is that vegan foods are always healthier than non vegan foods. This isn’t necessarily true. In fact, a vegan diet could potentially be less healthy than a mixed diet depending on what is eaten.
The goal of a healthy diet is to eat all the nutrients you need to prevent deficiencies while also avoiding undereating or overeating. While the concept is simple, it’s pretty hard to implement, especially when there are so many great tasting foods that aren’t too nutritious.
The biggest concerns about a vegan diet are insufficient vitamin B12 and iron intake, both of which could potentially lead to anemia.
Since vitamin B12 is typically only found in animal foods, it’s important to supplement with a multivitamin or vitamin B12 supplement if you are completely vegan.
As for iron, you can get it from plant foods, but it’s less bioavailable compared to animal sources, so you need to be extra careful about getting enough. Plus, you should be pairing high iron foods with foods high in vitamin C to increase absorption.
In the end, it’s totally possible to have a very healthy diet while eating vegan. Vegans and vegetarians tend to have a lower saturated fat intake and tend to eat more fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, whole grains and nuts and seeds, all which are very beneficial to your health.
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Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 banana ripe
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips semi sweet
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine the ground flaxseed with the water. Set aside for several minutes or until the flaxseed has gelled up.
- Add ripe banana, mash until combined.
- Add coconut oil, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
- Add whole wheat all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until combined.
- Add in chocolate chips and fold into the mixture.Form into small, 1 inch balls. Add to parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the outer edges and brown and crispy.
- Let sit for several minutes and enjoy!
Make sure to let the flaxseed and water gel before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
Use a very ripe banana. The riper the banana, the more easily it will mash and the sweeter the cookies will be.
Let cool for several minutes before eating. Personally, I will pull the parchment paper off the cookie sheet and let sit so they cook faster.