Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Jewish Food Hero community recipe is Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies. Community Recipes is a recurring feature where I ask a community member to share a vegan recipe with us. Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies is a comforting vegan version of an American classic recipe.

Tell us about yourself, Benjamin Plante

I’m a clothing designer for a national brand and I’m really passionate about cooking. I went to culinary school on a spur of the moment during my quarter-life crisis. While in culinary school, I also followed my heart and converted to Judaism, a path that I started in my early 20s.  As a convert, I’ve had to seek out my Jewish family/identity and food has always played a major role in creating my Jewish community experience.

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Benjamin Plante is not a Vegan (and we love him still)

Although he is not a practicing vegan, we love him still!  Benjamin makes vegan recipes often and is always looking for inspiration for alternatives to classics that might suit others in his life. He runs a food blog as a way to keep his mother up-to-date on his “daytime drama”.  

For him cooking and maintaining a blog are therapeutic – he writes “It’s also cheaper than a therapist”.  (As a psychotherapist myself, I say why choose between cooking and psychotherapy?!) Although cooking and baking are therapeutic, psychotherapy is useful during specific moments of our lives. Read this book to learn more about psychotherapy or write to me to discuss. 

Benjamin also posts beautiful photos on his Instagram account.  His bio reads “Shalom Y’all – Emotionally eating my way through life. All my photos. All my feelings.”

benjamin with beard and glasses smiling

Benjamin’s baking style

Benjamin’s baking can fill a range of psychological and emotional needs: baking when he is hungry; baking to soothe himself with he feels crabby; baking when he is looking for a creative activity. 

The best baking happens when he needs all three: to feed himself, to soothe himself and to be creative. 

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About Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are a vegan-luxe update on the very classic American Chocolate Chip Cookie.  This is one of Benjamin’s go-to recipes – making them is methodical (just follow the directions) and relaxing. The end result of Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies is a nice treat. Benjamin often bakes and serves cookies because they are simple to make and easy to share.

The cookie recipe that was created by accident

Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe came about by mistake. This recipe was a true accident. He was looking for something sweet to make and ravaged his pantry to see what he had on hand. Usually, he likes to plan out whatever adventure he will have in the kitchen but this one just sort of landed in his lap (or his mouth!)  He had a range of vegan ingredients leftover from a baking project he had recently wrapped up and voila! Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe was born!

Lily's no sugar added dark chocolate on white background

Special Ingredients 

Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies use the following special ingredients. 

Lily’s Sea Salt Extra Dark Chocolate  – This no added sugar dark chocolate bar is used as a garnish but also for that extra punch of chocolate that we all love. 

Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips – These no added sugar dark chocolate baking chips set the base for this not too sweet treat. 

Spectrum’s Refined Coconut Oil – This cold-pressed coconut oil is great for baking when you don’t want that hint of coconut. If coconut is not your thing, try this neutral tasting high-heat cold-pressed canola oil.  It’s perfect for baking cookies. 

If you want to make a gluten-free version of this recipe, Benjamin recommends this gluten-free flour (it is not vegan).

Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies have gotten positive feedback from friends, we hope you love them too. 

More Jewish Food Hero Community Cookie Recipes + Vegan Challah

Here are some other favorite Jewish Food Hero community recipes. 

Jacqueline’s Raw Raspberry Lemon Meltaways are a vegan gluten free treat that are packed with natural, plant-based protein and healthy fat in the form of almond flour and shredded coconut, meaning they will provide longer lasting energy too.

Leah’s Triple-Almond Biscochos are sweet, gluten-free, oil-free and vegan.  They are a healthy adaptation of the beloved sephardic Jewish biscochos cookie. 

This vegan challah recipe is oil-free and has two surprising (and top secret) ingredients in it. It is delicious modern update to Challah. Download a FREE vegan challah recipe card here.

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Benjamin’s Vegan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Benjamin Plante
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Cuisine: Cookies

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Ingredients

⅔ cup refined coconut oil, melted

⅔ cup vegan granulated sugar

⅔ cup packed vegan brown sugar

½ cup sweetened almond milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp kosher salt

1 bag (9oz) vegan dark chocolate baking chips

1 bar (2.8oz) vegan sea salt dark chocolate; broken into ½” pieces


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine oil and sugars until well mixed. Stir in almond milk and vanilla extract. 

  3. Stir in all purpose flour, baking soda, and baking powder until combined and dough forms. 

  4. Add a bag of dark chocolate baking chips. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons roughly 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  5. Bake about 7 mins or until balls start to flatten. 

  6. Carefully remove from the oven and gently press one ½” chocolate bar piece into the top of the partially baked cookie. 

  7. Return pan back to oven to complete baking for additional 5-8 minutes. 

  8. Once baked, allow to cool completely on the cookie sheet. Store in a tightly covered container. 

  9. Share and eat!


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