Vegan Oreos – a good for you twist on America’s favorite cookie! Soft, chocolate cookies sandwich a delicious, creamy filling, and you can indulge in more than just a few – these Oreos are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free.
Life has been rough lately, so today I’m thankful for HEALTHIFIED OREOS. Long story short, I’m probably out of the marathon. I recently have been dealing with another injury, this time my foot/ankle. It’s most likely a stress fracture, and the pain was to the point that I couldn’t walk/put any weight on it. I’m in a big boot as of right now, biking and lifting like crazy and baffled by how quickly this came on when I was just starting to feel back to normal after my knee stuff. I’m absolutely devastated. It’s extremely difficult facing the fact that something I’ve invested so much time and effort into for months has just been ripped out from under me. I know everything happens for a reason, and I’m really trying to see the bigger picture. It’s so hard to understand, and maybe I never will, but for now I’m thankful to have Joe back home to help me through it. Stuff like this also helps show you who’s truly there for you when you need it. Moving on to happier, more delicious things…
Have you seen all the new Oreo flavors lately?! It seems like they come out with a new “limited edition” flavor every other week. Although I don’t eat Oreos anymore (they were my jam when I was little, though), I do think it’s fun to see the flavors they come up with – Reese’s cup Oreos?! Whoever thought of that one deserves a serious reward. Red velvet cake, filled chocolate cupcake, cinnamon bun, birthday cake, and the list goes on. Oreo is definitely keeping people interested, but I’d guess the classic is still most popular. When I was little I absolutely adored Oreos. The perfect balance of deep, dark chocolate cookie with the creamy center. My one complaint would’ve been that the cookies were just a little too crunchy for me – I’m a soft, gooey cookie lover all the way. Store brand Oreos actually are vegan, which is definitely cool, but aren’t necessarily great for you and don’t meet our standards around here – so I took on the challenge of creating vegan Oreos that don’t sacrifice in taste, texture, or cute appearance. These passed the test and I’m so excited for you to try them!
I actually made these healthy vegan Oreos right before my spring break ended, when Joe was still in France. Similar to my chocolate banana bread, I about died when I first tasted them, and promptly put 3 of them into the freezer for Joe to have when he got home…and so I didn’t eat them all. BUT I also made them the day I ran 20 miles so if there’s a day to indulge in some Oreo goodness, it would be that day, right?! Plus I probably could’ve eaten the entire batch and not had to feel bad since these are made super healthy.
Chickpea flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, stevia, unsweetened applesauce, and some almond milk are all you need for these cookies. They bake super quickly, then you’re already on to that creamy, dreamy filling.
For this first batch I went with coconut cream. It’s not the same as coconut milk, I recently discovered the whole can can be whipped, rather than just using a solidified part of a can of coconut milk and not knowing what to do with the rest. I used about half a can of the coconut cream (and used the rest for a recipe coming soon!), whipped it with some stevia until it was a super creamy texture. Then I just spooned some onto one cookie and gently placed another cookie on top, and voila! Soft, healthy vegan Oreos. SO legit.
The cookies definitely hold up to the filling, but obviously, they’re soft – your typical Oreo has pretty crunchy chocolate cookies, but I just love a soft, tender cookie, so that’s what I went with here – similar to an Oreo “cakester,” if you ever caught one of those at the store years ago! The filling is perfectly sweet and creamy, I absolutely loved the combination. And for coconut haters, the stevia sweetens up the coconut cream and it definitely doesn’t taste coconut-y, so no worries there if you aren’t a fan.
These vegan Oreos were a huge success and I was super impressed. Minimal, good for you ingredients perfectly imitating a classic cookie – even better dunked in some almond milk. Have a wonderful week, friends! 🙂
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!