Vegan Gluten-Free Walnut Cookies

This recipe is my #1 favorite cookie recipe. The cookies are SO delicious but because they are also healthy, my family enjoys them any time of day (including for breakfast!). Also, because they are vegan, you can eat the raw cookie dough, which is the best part of baking cookies, right?

The recipe is easy and freezes well, too!

What you need:

2 cups raw walnuts
1 cup real maple syrup
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup gluten-free flour (I use Jovial brand)
3 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips (I use vegan chips but of course you can use your favorite)

Pre-heat oven to 350. Place walnuts in food processor and mix until finely ground. Add the rest of ingredients (with the exception of the chocolate chips) and blend until incorporated. At this point, I pulse in extra oats (up to 1/4 cup) if the texture seems too wet. Next, pulse in mini chocolate chips until mixed. Spoon out dough onto baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and gently push down on cookies with a metal spatula (like you would with peanut butter cookies). Place back in oven and bake for 2-3 more minutes. They will look undercooked but that’s what you want. Let them cool (if you can wait) and enjoy!