Gluten free cookies

Ahhh New England winters.

I hope you were able to stay safe and warm inside during the storm! I took the day to relax, and try out a new gluten free and vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe!

If you’re looking for an easy (and healthy!) homemade treat, try this one out!

It’s a small batch, so you won’t be tempted to eat x-dozen cookies. They’re chewing, sweetened by dates, and surprisingly satisfying! Feel free to swap out the chocolate chips with your favorite nut or dried fruit. Enjoy!

gluten free cookiesGluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes 9)


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour of choice (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 12 dates
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (I used Barney Butter Vanilla Bean & Espresso!)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Blend dates and water in a high speed blender to make a date paste.
  • Combine all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Mix to form a thick batter. If it’s too dry, add a little water.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down to flatten.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake for 12-16 minutes at 350F or until the bottom edges are just golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, cool for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!

You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, although they are best fresh and will become softer with time.

vegan cookie

Fun fact: I’m vegan.

It’s not exactly secret, either, since whenever I go to a holiday party I always have to ask what has eggs, butter or milk in it, and avoid all the main meat dishes or delicious-looking desserts. I’m used to it by now, so I usually eat a snack before hand or bring a dish to add to the table that I can enjoy, too.

But I’m not the only one who sometimes feels left out at food-filled events. Anyone with allergies or sensitivities to certain foods also has to be careful. This time of year seems to be filled with all of the top allergens: wheat, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and soy.

If your best friend is gluten free, your dad is allergic to shellfish, and your cousin just went vegan, here are a few recipes (and store-bought goods!) that everyone can indulge in.

Gluten Free & Vegan Apple Pie:

Vegan Meringue:

Gluten Free & Vegan Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies:

Allergy Free Truffles:

Allergy Free Brands:

Enjoy Life Foods:


Simple Mills: