Thick, chewy, loaded vegan monster cookies – made healthy! These cookies are packed with oats, coconut, raisins, and plenty of dark chocolate. They’re sweetened naturally and totally vegan!
Hi, friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend – ours was busy, but SO fun. Joe had his bachelor party and I had both my bachelorette party and bridal shower, so we were back in Columbus. For the bachelorette party we did hot yoga which was a super cool experience – I’d definitely do it again, but probably not as my regular “workout.” It was more relaxing for me than anything, I loved it but I’m more of a high intensity gal as far as my actual workout. But I loved doing it with my bridesmaids, they’re such a fun group that it made it even better. After that we laid out all day at one of my bridesmaid’s (hi, Liv!!) house, then went home and got ready for a night on the town! Sorry I just sounded like an 80 year old. But anyway we made candles which was SO awesome – if you don’t know me well, I’m a candle hoarder – I absolutely love them and can never resist even though the cabinet below our sink currently is home to about 30 different candles already. It was at a place called the Candle Lab, and you choose different scents from a wall and mix together the oils, then pour it into a jar and voila! I chose dark chocolate, buckeye, and whipped cream as my scents. Shocker, I know – dessert scents foreva. After candles we got dinner and went out to a few bars. I don’t usually drink and didn’t that night, but I DID still get up on a stage with a bunch of other bachelorettes and shake my booty to baby got back and Justin Bieber…sorry not sorry.
The next day I had my bridal shower, and of course my mom made it absolutely beautiful. It’s hard because all I want to do is thank everybody over and over – I feel like I could never put my appreciation for all that everybody has done for us and for the wedding into words! Long story short it was the PERFECT weekend with the most amazing group that I’m so thankful to have in my life. I’m so blessed and grateful to have such wonderful people show they love and care for me by taking time out of their busy schedules to help get these super fun events organized. Crazy to think that next time I go back to Columbus it’ll be for the actual wedding. 🙂
This weekend also had me reflecting on how much I love my sweet man!! Sorry for getting all sappy on you (not really though), but being away from Joe even just for the weekend and having all this wedding stuff really got me reminiscing on when we met, and how much we’ve grown and been through together. I literally get butterflies at thought of being with him for the rest of my life – July 2nd can’t come soon enough. I love him more than I ever thought was possible to love anything, and he’s definitely my better half, my best friend, my heart, and the best thing to ever happen to me. It’s finally hitting me that the wedding is less than a month away, and I’ve got so many feeeeeels. Part of me can’t wait another second for it to get here so that I can officially be the wife of my favorite person ever…then the other part of me wants to just relish and savor the anticipation and excitement forever!
Once the wedding day is over and done with I know Joe and I will have even more to look forward to, as in our entire lives together. Can’t think of a better partner to take that on with. 🙂 Although we’ll definitely need some energy for ya know, life, so I’m thinking more of these vegan monster cookies will be necessary. For the rest of life. Sounds good! Plus, these are loaded with a ton of Joe’s favorite ingredients. I think you’ll love them too!
These vegan monster cookies are out of control. The base is similar to my chocolate chunk cookies, starting with oat flour and a little bit of coconut flour. The oat flour gives the cookies a wonderfully hearty and chewy base, while the coconut flour helps keep them soft and tender. I also added some whole oats, for even more chew and yummy, nutty oat flavor. The cookies are sweetened naturally with dates only, which per usual I just blended with water to make a paste. Perfect, caramel-y sweetness in these cookies.
The texture of the cookies even without the add-ins is out of this world, but I had to make them true monster cookies! Typically monster cookies can contain a multitude of different ingredients – raisins, chocolate, m&ms, coconut, nuts, etc. For this batch I chose to go with oats which I mentioned before, as well as raisins, unsweetened dark chocolate chunks, and unsweetened coconut flakes. The combination of flavors and textures from the chewy oats and coconut plus the gooey raisins and those melty chocolate rivers is AMAZING.
These vegan monster cookies do not disappoint in terms of size – they literally are monsters! I made six really big cookies with this amount of dough. Feel free to make them smaller, but be sure to adjust your baking time! These baked for 10 minutes and were perfectly golden on the outside but still gooey and soft in the middle. How all cookies should be, no?
That melted chocolate…!!!
These vegan monster cookies are super versatile – use them as an easy way to clean out your pantry! Go with whatever add-ins you and your family love most – so long as they’re healthy, of course 🙂 – the dough is very hearty and can hold a lot of stuff. Oh and don’t forget to make them HUGE. A big cookie is def better than small cookies. Especially when they’re loaded with all these goodies! You really can’t go wrong with whatever you throw in these monster cookies – they’re bound to turn out thick, chewy, and are a perfectly sweet, HEALTHY treat. Hope you love them!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!