Happy Monkey Chunky Vegan GF Cookies

happy monkey cookies
These chunky, cheerful, vegan, gluten-free Happy Monkey Cookies are totally worth messing up your clean kitchen over. Yup, baking can be a flour-splattering, dishwasher-filling job, but in the end homemade cookies are sooooo worth it.

Especially these cuties.

Each plump, rounded cookie is studded with vegan chocolate chips, walnuts and Brazil nuts. With a hint of tropical banana, vanilla bean and coconut in every dunkable bite. As you will see in my video for this recipe, these cookies are perfect for dunking into a tall glass of almond milk. They are sturdy and chewy, and do not crumble apart.

And I love that they kinda look like giant balls of cookie dough. Loved these!

Get the recipe + watch me make them in a video!..

happy monkey cookie dough

walnut banana Brazil nut chocolate chip cookies

These are my spin on a "Chunky Monkey" flavored cookie. With chunky walnuts and Brazil nuts, chocolate chips and a hint of banana, coconut and vanilla bean.

...speaking of chunky monkey.. I am still endlessly searching for the vegan Ben & Jerry's flavors. Hope they come to my part of Los Angeles soon. Has anyone tried them yet? Fave flavor?

vegan gluten free 'chunky monkey' cookies

vegan gluten free 'chunky monkey' cookies

vegan gluten free 'chunky monkey' cookies

Giant chunks of my two fave nuts.. walnut and selenium-rich Brazil nuts.

chocolate chip cookies and almond milk

Happy Monkey Cookies

Kathy Patalsky
Published 03/06/2016
Happy Monkey Cookies
These are my spin on a "chunky monkey" flavor. With walnuts, Brazil nuts, banana, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free too!


  • dry:
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (all purpose baking blend -- I used Arrowhead Mills)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • wet:
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds, freshly ground*
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or one vanilla bean, seeds)
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, softened
  • fold-ins:
  • 1/2 cup chopped Brazil nuts and walnuts - raw
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut, optional
  • * freshly ground, powder-fine flax seed is so much better that store bought 'ground flax seed' -- I blend mine in my Vitamix


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (Tip: I like to leave out 1/2 cup flour and fold it in towards the end just in case I want to add a little less or a little more based on how my dough feels. The banana size variability can make the moisture vary a tiny bit.)
  3. In a blender, combine all the wet ingredients.
  4. Stir the wet into the dry. Then fold in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Add a little more of less if you think your dough needs it.
  5. Fold in nuts and chocolate.
  6. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Serve warm. Store leftovers on counter for up to a day -- then store in fridge or freezer.
Yield: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
Tags: dessert,cookies,chocolate,chunky monkey,glutenfree,soyfree,vegan,banana

Happy Monkey Cookies, gluten free, vegan, soy free and amazing!

Curious questions of the day:

- What amazing cookie flavor have you baked lately?
- Have you been watching Fuller House on Netflix? I seriously love it. These cookies + Fuller House = flashback to every day after school as a kid!

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