Nut Free Paleo Vegan Brownie Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 6 - 8
These vegan nut free brownie cookies are crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. Plus, they're made with coconut flour, so they're gluten-free and paleo.
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water
  • 2 - 3 tsp coconut oil, melted*
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 6 tbsp (3/8 cup) tahini, sunflower or other seed butter**
  • 1 tsp applesauce, preferably at room temp***
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp ground coffee beans (optional)
  • 2 tbsp mini dairy-free chocolate chips
  • unsweetened shredded coconut for topping
  1. Combine ground flax and water in a small bowl and let sit until it forms a gel-like liquid
  2. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Mix together the melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, seed butter, applesauce, flax egg and vanilla until well combined
  4. Add in the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and coffee grounds, if using, and mix until just incorporated
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips. The dough should be tacky but not stick and should come together to form a ball during this step
  6. Divide the dough into 6 - 8 equal sized balls or spoon out with a cookie scoop and transfer to prepared baking sheet
  7. Flatten with a fork or your fingertips and top with coconut and more chocolate chips
  8. Bake for 10 - 13 minutes or until the cookies start to turn golden brown around the edges
  9. They might be a little fragile straight out the oven, so allow to cool on the cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
* If your nut or seed butter is really smooth and oily, use 2 - 2½ tsp coconut oil. Otherwise use 1 tbsp
** Can sub for other nut butter if you don't need it to be nut free
*** It's best if the applesauce is at room temp so it won't cause the coconut oil to solidify again
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