Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies

vegan breakfast cookies

Rich, delicious, fluffy vegan breakfast cookies… what more could you want? They’re easy to make and the best part is that they can be made in advance and store-purchased in bulk for when you’re ready for a quick treat. I love to have vegan cookies on hand because I know that I will not be stuck in the kitchen for an hour or two (which happens far too often in my day).

Prep time doesn’t have to belong if you follow a few guidelines. First, vegan breakfast cookies don’t need any cooking in the beginning. Gluten-free and nutty, vegan breakfast cookies just are not tasty when baked in the oven. Of course, sugar-free and wheat-free are great too, but only if you are using it as a sweetener.

In order for vegan breakfast cookies to be super versatile, add flavor by mixing in some peanut butter or even a little chickpea flour. Nutrient-dense peanut butter is healthy without the calories and sugar and a good source of protein. Chickpea flour provides lots of nutrition without many of the unhealthy ingredients found in regular flour. If you’re not a big fan of nuts but love chocolate then you can certainly add it in; it provides just as much chocolate flavor without the calories. You can also throw in some fresh fruit (most vegan chocolate chips are made with organic dates) or even some nuts if you like.

Vegan Breakfast Cookies

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The key to vegan breakfast cookies is to bake them in a hot oven and allow them to rise so that you have a firm, golden brown interior. The trick to doing this is to use a thermometer to check for internal temperatures, which is actually trickier than it sounds. You can use your finger to test it, but once you get it right, you will know to look for that telltale “baking time.” Once your oven timer rings put the pan on the preheated center rack and go to town!

When working with vegan breakfast cookies, you should remember that you need to bake them slowly to ensure even cooking and proper browning. It’s important to not overcook the cookies, since they may become overcooked and dry out. You should cook time until they are fully done but not to set over high heat. The total time needed should be about 20 minutes for a golden brown, delicious cookie.

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The easiest vegan breakfast cookies that you can make are chocolate chip cookies. It’s easy because all you have to do is replace the oatmeal in your vegan chocolate chip cookies with gluten-free oats. Then you just bake your cookies as normal. For the chocolate chip cookies, you will want to substitute the oatmeal for brown rice, or quinoa. Both of these flours are healthier than wheat flour.

Another great gluten-free vegan breakfast cookie recipe is the raisins. You can make delicious nuttier raisin cookies by using cranberries instead of cranberries. Use a food processor or a blender to puree the cranberries and then add the almond meal. Put your cookie dough in a cookie tin and bake on 350F for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.

Bottom Line

If you need ideas for filling your gluten-free breakfast cookies, you can use pecans, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, a combination of any of your favorite flavors, raisins, and more. You can also find great vegan recipe cards for gluten-free breakfast cookies online. By substituting your standard flour with these healthy plant-based ingredients, you will be on your way to enjoying delicious foods that are both good for you and good for the planet.

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