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Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

by on May 22, 2007 · 34 comments

Spelt is an ancient grain with many health benefits. It’s used in this cookie from Viva le Vegan! a wonderful and very informative cookbook by Dreena Burton.


Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cups spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup toasted pecans
2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips or some cut-up vegan chocolate bar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment, Release foil or just use a non-stick cookie sheet.

In one bowl, thoroughly stir together spelt flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

In a second bowl, stir together maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract.

Add the oil mixture to the spelt mixture and stir until combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes.

Note: To toast pecans, put them in a dry skillet set over medium heat. Cook over dry heat, stirring often so that they won’t burn, for 3-5 minutes or until they become fragrant and start to release their oils. Let them cool completely before adding to the batter.

Cookie Madness Tip of the Day: Start with whole pecans rather than pre-chopped. The whole ones taste fresher. I use to buy the pre-chopped ones, but this past year I’ve bought two stale bags of pre-chopped and have given up on them. If you do buy pre-chopped, go with a name brand rather than a store-brand. This tip is based on my personal experience and irritation over having a couple of batches of brownies ruined by bad nuts. Also, store your nuts in the freezer.

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Published on May 22, 2007

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TracysTribe3 May 22, 2007 at 11:22 am

Well, if you’re going to offer them vegan cookies I’d wait ’til they’re finished with the job – I don’t think construction workers and vegan cookies mix too well LOL.

Claire May 22, 2007 at 12:16 pm

I don’t think they’d even know the difference if you gave them the vegan version. I think they’d really appreciate it…give it to them as they’re leaving. BTW, whenever I use oil in cookies, they are SO flat I can’t even get them off the pan…how do you get yours to stay a decent thickness?

sandra May 22, 2007 at 6:22 pm


I had the same experience with pecans. I found that if I buy them at a grocery store as opposed to a discount store (no names mentioned here) I got fresher nuts.

hippydippy May 22, 2007 at 10:39 pm

i’ll have to try to find spelt flour in my particular corner of the world. not too many alternatives here. i bought an artichoke the other day and the cashier didn’t know what it was!

carole May 23, 2007 at 7:10 pm



Steven August 9, 2007 at 1:04 am

Spelt is a type of wheat.

Joanna July 11, 2008 at 8:08 am

Anna, I have went to our main supermarket and they don’t have spelt flour! I have no clue where to get it and our supermarket has an international and organic foods aisle. Where else should I try because I have to make these.

Anna July 11, 2008 at 8:15 am

Hi Joanna,

I usually buy spelt at Whole Foods, but other stores should have it. Ask the manager for help. Whole Foods sells it in the bulk bin, but you can also find it in the flour section. Look for Bob’s Red Mill brand.

Kelly October 16, 2008 at 9:00 am

These were surprisingly tasty. I wasn’t sure how well these would turn out since the dough seemed quite greasy, but they were actually fantastic. I omitted the nuts and used agave nectar instead of the maple syrup. I really enjoyed these and will be blogging about them this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The only thing I did find was that there was a little grit in them from the sugar, perhaps because I used turbinado. But otherwise they were so good and chewy. That’s the texture I was looking for so these hit the spot.

Xiaolu November 13, 2008 at 2:17 am


I’ve tried making these with AP flour. I really loved the texture but the maple flavor and sweetness were a bit overpowering for me. Do you have any idea how I might adjust the recipe without compromising the texture completely? Thanks!


Anna November 13, 2008 at 8:16 am

Hmmm. You must be using a fairly strong flavored maple syrup. I’d go with a different type. I believe Grade A is less strong than Grade B so use Grade A or the lightest maple syrup you can find. I’ve never had a problem with the maple flavor. Your brand of maple syrup might also be sweeter. These cookies shouldn’t be overly sweet.

Brookie April 1, 2009 at 11:08 am

If you can’t get ahold of spelt flour, what about wheat flour? It does not rise as much but has more texture.
Would you need to up the baking powder to compensate for the desnity of wheat flour?
thinking out loud =] I have whole wheat flour but not spelt and would like to try this recipe.

Anna April 1, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Brookie, wheat flour works great. In fact, the original recipe from Dreena Burton used wheat. You need to use a different amount, though. If you use wheat, use 1 cup.

Kav April 14, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Thank you so much for the recipe! I made these cookies last night, and found that if you put Green & Blacks Vegan Baking Chocolate in the mix they turn out pretty good. They actually taste better than bakery ones, you can’t tell the difference! :)

mateo March 4, 2010 at 12:03 am

Hey, great recipe! A secret trick: if you use coconut oil for the vegetable oil, you end up passing through a time warp to some 12th dimension of paradise. True story.

Maggie July 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I mistakenly added almond extract instead of vanilla extract and it was quite a pleasant surprise!

Angela November 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I didn’t add nuts in mine and used organic coconut oil instead of canola, they turned out AMAZING! I made a cookie cake with them, and the texture was somewhere between a cookie and a biscotti, will definitely be making these again!

Alicia January 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

THANK YOU! I have been tweaking a recipe for cookies for about a year now, because my boys have extensive diet restriction. I was using the same ingredients, but your measurements where the key! Thank you again for sharing this :)

Mrs March 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

If you add a touch of molasses & maple syrup, you can easily forget that there is no butter in vegan chocolate chip cookies.

Elaine June 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe! I turned strict ethical vegan 4 months ago and love it. I made these cookies for my birthday today and brought them to work for my coworkers to share. They LOVED them and several people asked me for a copy of this recipe. One person said this was the best chocolate chip cookie she ever had. I feel the same. I have never had a chocolate chip cookie so good! These are so chewy, soft, rich, delicious! No way are these bland or flat at all. I did cut down on the amount of sugar used to several tablespoons of raw turbinado sugar but kept the maple syrup and the rest of the recipe the same and used the spelt flour (I use this flour for homemade breads too). I think the spelt and the maple syrup makes this cookie stand out. I may just turn a few coworkers vegan yet with this. :) Thanks again!
ps. vegan chocolate chips are so hard to find but after five stores and not giving up I finally located some! When it comes to chocolate I will always find a way lol.

Joy January 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Thanks for this recipe–these are yummy! I used coconut oil (I agree, mateo!), left out the sugar entirely (found it really didn’t need it) and skipped the nuts. By accident, I used coarse ground sea salt and found it to be a nice surprise. Will definitely make these again!

Anna January 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Thanks for the review and the tips on salt! Also, I need to follow Mateo’s (and your) advice and try the coconut oil.

Jen January 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I, too, used coconut oil. The flavor of these is AWESOME – only problem is, mine came out SUPER flat, which does not take away from the yumminess, but I was wondering if it could be because my flour is kinda old? Either way, definitely making these again! Thank you, Anna!

Anna January 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Hi Jen,

Maybe you just need a little bit more flour? Not sure. Glad they still tasted good. Maybe you should make another 1/2 batch using some new flour.

Jen January 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thanks for your ideas, Anna. I will definitely try these again with a fresh bag of flour, and I can’t wait to try more of your recipes – great site!

Sharon May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Wow these cookies are fabulous! I have been transported to the 12th dimension……yes, I used coconut oil…..(I melted it – was that the right thing to do?) Thank you for this recipe!!!

Krista May 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Fresh out of the oven, and these babies are AMAZING!! I used coconut oil, as well as brown sugar and they are incredible. Beautiful and tasty :) What an awesome surprise! Thanks!

Anna May 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks for the review, Krista! Happy Memorial Day.

Amanda June 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Yum! I used agave instead of syrup, coconut sugar instead of regular, and vegan “butter” instead of oil, and they turned out fabulous.

Farzana December 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hi Anna, I just tried your recipe exactly as you wrote here except I didnt have pecans so I just used what I had (walnuts) and used only 1/3 cup choco-chips. WOW ! What a wonderful egg free, dairy free, wheat free treat ! Thanks so much for sharing ! My kids and husband loved it.

Anna December 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

Thanks so much for the review!!

Edith May 27, 2013 at 12:33 am

I too used turbinado sugar and the taste was amazing!! I also added 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon to give the cookies a little extra spice!! Cinammon and chocolate are so yummy together!!

Lisa December 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

This is the best vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe out of the 15 or so I have tried! Flavor and texture are perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!! I used half coconut and half canola oil, everything else as written.

Anna December 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Awesome! Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

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