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Chewy Vegan Chai-Spiced Cookies

Nisha Vora
These Chewy Vegan Chai-Spiced Cookies are inspired by Indian masala chai as well as oatmeal cookies, and feature a homemade chai spice blend. They're healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and have no added oil, making them the perfect cozy but healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 5 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons (16g) ground flaxseed meal
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (190g) (certified gluten-free, as needed)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Chai Spice Blend

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly crushed cardamom*, plus more to taste as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more to taste as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of black pepper**
  • 3/4 cup smooth, creamy almond butter or cashew butter**
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dates (90-100g), or other dried fruit (see “substitutes” section in blog post)
  • 1/3 cup (50g) hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios (45g), chopped

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the flax eggs. Combine the ground flaxseed meal with 5 tablespoons water. Stir and let sit for 15 minutes to gel together.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Make the Chai Spice Blend. Mix all the spices until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: the oats, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and Chai Spice Blend.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: flax eggs, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, using a silicone spatula to mix everything until the mixture resembles a cookie dough. Fold in the dates or raisins, hemp seeds, and pistachios. Taste the dough. If desired, add a bit more cardamom or nutmeg to taste.
  • If the dough is too sticky to handle (more likely if you’re kitchen is warm), refrigerate it for 10-15 minutes to firm up slightly.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop about 3 tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets (this scoop holds about 3 tablespoons), spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. Alternatively, measure out 3 tablespoons and shape the dough into a round using your hands. Lightly flatten the top of each cookie with your hands or a fork.
  • Bake the cookies for 17-20 minutes, or until cookies are baked through, slightly brown on the bottom, and chewy. After 5 minutes, use a spatula to transfer them to a cooling rack. These cookies aren’t too delicate, so you can start enjoying them shortly afterwards. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container or resealable bag on the counter for 2-3 days.

Notes

* I use whole green cardamom pods (McCormick carries one in a spice bottle as well), then split them open and transfer the black seeds to a mortar and pestle and crush. You can also use a spice grinder. If you can’t find whole cardamom pods, you can use whole cardamom seeds like this.
** I know it sounds weird to have black pepper in cookies, but it’s an essential spice in Indian chai, and with just a pinch, the cookies definitely won’t taste peppery.
*** Do not use a crunchy variety, or the dried remnants from the bottom of a jar. You need a smooth, drippy variety, as it’s the oil replacer in this recipe.
Keyword breakfast cookies, chai-spiced, vegan cookies
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