Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies are chewy and dense and rich and lovely. Nutty pecans and vegan chocolate chips in every hearty bite.

Hop in the kitchen and have a baking moment. Because, if you are like me, baking cookies just feels good! But watch out for those cookie-baking lurkers...

Someone is always hanging around when you are baking cookies, yes?

(Even cats who definitely do not eat cookies...)

Well, these are worth hanging around for!

Whole Wheat Cookies. I know the word "wheat" can feel like a bad word lately. And I totally understand that some people stay away from gluten-containing foods for health reasons, but for those of us still consuming wheat, whole wheat is in fact a good option for baking. It boosts the fiber content of your baked goods and adds a nice hearty texture too. You are getting about 12 more grams of fiber per cup of flour when you use whole wheat versus all-purpose flour. 4g vs 16g. (Comparing Bob's Red Mill varieties.)

I also find that when I use whole wheat flours, my baked goods (which are always vegan/egg-free) have a bit more oomph in terms of texture and body. And I love that.

Some people think 'whole wheat' baked goods have to be grainy or dry. Well these cookies are definitely not grainy or dry! They are fluffy, chewy and delicious.

Still lurking..

My favorite lurker! Always hanging around to watch me cook + photoshoot recipes. All while Sochi sleeps of course.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kathy Patalsky

Published 05/15/2018

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chewy, buttery, crazy-delicious vegan cookies are made with whole wheat flour for extra fiber and texture.


  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (1 stick)
  • 2/3 cup raw turbino sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup raw nuts (pecans, walnuts..)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • a few pinches of coarse sea salt - for tops of cookies
  • optional: 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together the flax seed and warm water. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, until it thickens.
  3. Add the vegan butter, sugar, vinegar, vanilla and flax 'egg' to a large mixing bowl. Cream everything together using a hand or stand mixer.
  4. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and optional cinnamon to the mixing bowl. Beat until creamy and fluffy.
  5. Fold in the nuts and chips.
  6. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. (This step is optional.) I find that chilled cookie dough doesn't spread or flatten quite as much, which is what some people like.
  7. Scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet. Top cookies with a pinch of coarsely ground sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling rack. Add a pinch more sea salt, if desired. Serve warm!

Yield: 15 cookies

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 11 mins.

Total time: 26 mins.

Tags: cookies,dessert,chocolate,chocolate chips,vegan,baking,easy,nuts,whole wheat,

Still not convinced to bake some cookies? Well does it make you feel good to bake things? That is reason enough for me! Let me explain..

Wellness: Cookies. Did you know that doing things you love is actually GOOD for you? Yup. Even if the thing you are doing isn't rich in traditional wellness-style virtues. Like eating kale or doing yoga. I know this from my very own research, btw. Life lesson: Doing things that I feel HAPPY doing, is good for me.

So..... Like napping and being lazy is sometimes good for me.
Staying out too late once in a while, good for me!
Embracing my introvert side, even when studies say socializing is good for us... Good for ME.
Pushing myself too hard in a workout, sometimes feels darn good.
Not exercising for a good week. Also great sometimes.
Eating french fries, big bowls of decadent vegan ice cream and other non-virtuous foods once in a while. Good for me!

So anyways. Cookie-baking. Totally embrace it and feel the wellness vibes flow. But PRO-Tip: Just don't eat too many cookies. I don't know about you, but that really doesn't ever feel good on me. And besides that, I think that sharing cookies with people you love gets you a bonus feel-good gold star. Pass around that cookie platter and no matter what life is throwing at you, I hope you have a happy week guys! xoxo

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