This Cashew Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe delivers a buttery, rich and decadent version of the classic cookie. No one will ever believe these moist and tender treats are plant-based, gluten-free, and oil-free!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
We can all probably agree that there is no shortage of chocolate chip cookie recipes in the world. Over the years the ones that have stood out to me usually involve a secret ingredient or technique–something that sets them apart from the plethora of recipes.
As a developer of plant-based and gluten-free recipes, I have been in search of the ingredient that would make a standout vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and oil-free chocolate chip cookie.
Gluten-free and Oil-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Developing gluten-free baked goods offers the challenge of achieving a correct texture without the use of gluten. Replacing oil adds further to that challenge by removing fat that maintains the balance of moisture. It takes just the right combination of ingredients to achieve those two objectives while maintaining a flavor that is consistent with a traditional chocolate chip cookie.
Baking with Cashew Flour
Several years ago I stumbled across cashew flour and thought it would be an interesting ingredient to use in baked goods. At that point in time it wasn’t very accessible to the average consumer, so I decided to put it on the back burner.
But recently, cashew flour seems to be making its way onto more shelves. I snack on cashews a lot! Sometimes, I may even add a few chocolate chips to the nuts sitting in the palm of my hand. I do this because it tastes a lot like a chocolate chip cookie! So naturally, this had to be the first recipe I created using cashew flour.
Cashew Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
This Cashew Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe turned out even better than I had expected. I love it when that happens!
They are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, and, of course, plant-based. But here’s what they do have: they are a moist, soft cookie with a chewy texture, and the flavor is that same buttery, brown sugary, caramely flavor you enjoy in standout traditional chocolate chip cookies.
Oil-free Cashew Flour Cookies
I actually first developed this recipe using oil. I wanted to eliminate variables and see what challenges I would face. They were delicious with oil. The first time I made my recipe without oil I expected that I might have some tweaking to do. But that was not the case.
The oil-free version tasted identical to the cookie I made with oil. I was so stunned I had to do a taste test. I offered both the oil containing and the oil-free version to several people and not a single person thought they were two different recipes!
Buying Cashew Flour
Buying cashew flour has become easier recently. Many grocery stores and Amazon now sell cashew flour. It is manufactured by many different companies.
I would encourage you to do a little price shopping first. I purchased mine on Amazon, but not before I noticed that some brands were as much as forty percent higher in price. To be fair I bought both the inexpensive and expensive brands and noticed no perceptible difference.
I hope you enjoy this cashew flour chocolate chip cookies recipe. If you are looking for some other great plant-based and gluten-free cookie ideas, check out my Cinnamon Pear Cookies, Fudgy Avocado Cookies, or my Snickerdoodle Quinoa Cookies. Enjoy!