Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Vegan + Gluten Free)

The BEST soft-baked healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe! They are easy to make, taste just like the real deal, and just so happen to be vegan and gluten-free (although seriously no one would know). Oh and they taste JUST like Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookie’s!!!

Homemade soft baked Chips Ahoy! cookies but made lighter??? Um yes please!! Quite literally a dream come true! 😍 I am telling you guys, you are gonna LOVE this healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am team soft chewy cookies over crunchy any day. 😜 You know those cookies that you can’t just eat one of? Those were it for me! Perfectly sweet, chewy, and oh so delicious! I honestly wasn’t even trying to recreate the Chips Ahoy! chewy cookies with this recipe, but it was the happiest accident! One bite in and I about had a foodgasm. I couldn’t believe it!

But seriously, these cookies really could not be more perfect. They are soft, chewy, and melt right in your mouth! Even better is that they only require a handful of ingredients you probably already have. And even BETTER, they’re just 50 calories per cookie! 🙌🏼

I also really love how these cookies are made with wholesome ingredients. We’ll use coconut oil instead of butter and natural brown sugar replacement instead of refined sugar. And they’re super easy to make vegan and/or gluten-free if you need! Did I mention they’re ready in 20 minutes too? Seriously a real winner here!! 

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

  • They’re soft, chewy, melt-in-your mouth good!!!
  • Only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.
  • Just 50 calories a cookie!
  • Made with pantry staples and wholesome ingredients.
  • Easy to make vegan + gluten-free!

INGREDIENTS

  • Flour – I used all-purpose gluten-free flour. Oat or normal purpose also works here!
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar – I used Swerve.
  • Sweetener – I used Swerve.
  • Milk – I used unsweetened almond milk, but fat-free milk, 1% milk, cashew milk, or any other milk would work!
  • Applesauce – I used unsweetened applesauce.
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips

HOW TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

Making this Healthy Copycat Chewy Chips Ahoy recipe is SO easy!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk until there are no clumps.
  3. Add the milk, melted coconut oil, and vanilla to the bowl. Stir until the wet and dry ingredients are combined. Then, fold in the chocolate.
  4. Add the dough to the baking sheet and shape into a cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool to your desired temperature, and enjoy!

*For the vegan version, make sure to use dairy-free chocolate. I love Enjoy Life chocolate chips

SECRET TO THE BEST GOOEY (NOT DRY COOKIES)

Undeniably, the most important part of the whole recipe! Seriously. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!! When you take them out when they are jusssst about done, they will set and make the most perfectly delicious cookie.

HOW TO STORE THESE HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Keep your Copycat Chewy Chips Ahoy! Cookies stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. 

Certainly you can also freeze these cookies too. To freeze, simply let the cookies cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight bag. Make sure to get all the air out to prevent freezer burn!

COPYCAT CHEWY CHIP’S AHOY! COOKIES Q+A

Can I use something instead of coconut oil?

I haven’t tried, but I would think butter or light butter would work as great subs. Any kind of butter or oil!

What if I don’t have applesauce?

The applesauce is used to add a little bit more liquid in this recipe. Only a small amount is used, so you may be okay nixing it all together. Or just adding a little bit more milk!

Can I make this recipe vegan?

This recipe is vegan-friendly as written. Just make sure you use dairy-free chocolate.

WANT TO MAKE THIS RECIPE?

If you try these chocolate chip cookies and love them, please rate this recipe!

You can also tag me on Instagram, @LaurenFitFoodie. It makes my day seeing your yummy recreations!

Yield: 20

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Vegan + Gluten Free)

DELICIOUS soft-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies that easy to make, taste just like the real deal, and just so happen to be vegan and gluten-free. You are gonna melt!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose, oat or gluten-free flour (120g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar alternative (48g) – I used Swerve
  • 1/4 cup granular sweetener (48g) – I used Swerve
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (60g)
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce (30g)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (30g) - can sub with any oil or butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate or mini chocolate chips (60g)*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk until there are no clumps.
  3. Add the milk, applesauce, melted coconut oil, and vanilla to the bowl. Stir until the wet and dry ingredients are combined. Then, fold in the chocolate.
  4. Add the dough to the baking sheet and shape into a cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool to your desired temperature, and enjoy!

To make this recipe vegan: make sure to use dairy-free chocolate. I love Enjoy Life chocolate chips!

Notes

MFP entry: LFF Chips Ahoy Chewy Cookies

*Keep stored at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1 cookie (18g)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCarbohydrates: 6.6gFiber: 0.6gProtein: 0.4g

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16 Comments

  1. Literally so good. I made these into ice cream sandwiches. Next I want to make these with your homemade ice cream and try that out. These were a family crowd pleaser which is great.. but meant less for me to eat:(

  2. I’ve made these twice and I’m thinking about making another batch tonight! They are soo good, they are husband and kids approved as well!

  3. Well here I am, wondering how I ever lived before LFF recipes. These cookies are SO good. Big enough to satisfy a sweet craving without feeling guilty. I used oat flour and the texture was not as chewy, but I took them out a little early to avoid over baking. They may change as they cool! Can’t wait to make these again!!!

  4. These are so addicting! They make for the perfect little bite of something sweet after a meal. They will become a staple in my house for sure!

  5. These cookies really do taste like the chips ahoy cookies! My kids love them and it’s excellent because I can give it to them guilt free but also there’s less for me ha ha. I will be keeping these in my routine for cooking often! So gooey and delicious. I used 9 min to bake and think they came out perfect with that time. I also used regular flour and can’t wait to try with other flours.

    • Hi Maggie!
      If you bake them too long or don’t quite use the right ingredients, they will taste fluffier, like muffins!
      Did you use PEScience or another protein powder? For best results, I would recommend a whey + casein blend (or a plant-based protein powder). If the protein is just whey (no casein), it usually bakes into something more fluffy.

      Also I ALWAYS take my cookies out right before they are done! Since they will continue to bake some in the pan once out of the oven. They are also better the next day once sitting in the fridge over night!

      Those are the main things I would recommend! I hope you give them another try!

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