When we last checked, renowned journalist Katie Couric was on a health kick. Last summer, Couric made her own version of Erewhon’s iconic kale salad, massaging the leafy green to a perfect texture before adding nutritious elements such as chopped avocado, white beans, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.


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In her latest venture, Couric has teamed up with Robin Arzón, Peloton’s VP of Fitness Programming, to tackle the art of vegan baking. This collaboration unfolded in Couric’s kitchen, where the duo whipped up a batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies.

“I love cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies, especially,” Couric said in a video on Instagram. “But I’m trying to eat healthier, and Robin is going to show me how to make healthy chocolate chip cookies.”

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Katie Couric takes on chocolate chip cookies

The recipe the duo used for the vegan chocolate chip cookies was developed by blogger Baker by Nature.

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The cookies are buttery and rich but made without any dairy. Instead, key swaps such as coconut oil and applesauce serve as handy substitutes for butter and eggs. Coconut milk lends a creamy texture and subtle tropical flavor, enhancing the overall richness of the cookies.

“This is part of your arm workout,” the fitness guru says as Couric stirs the wet ingredients. 

As the rest of the dough came together, the duo shared a hot tip: you can use either chocolate chips or cut up your favorite chocolate bar into chunks—we’re looking at you, Hershey’s Oat Made Chocolate bars

After a 10- to 12-minute bake, the vegan chocolate chip cookies spiked with a little sea salt for flavor contrast were ready to taste. 

“This is just what the doctor ordered,” Couric says after taking a bite.

Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes to try

If you aspire to be a vegan Martha Stewart or love chocolate chip cookies as much as Couric, here are a dozen more vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes to try.

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1Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

This traditional recipe offers a vegan twist to the quintessential American cookie, characterized by its crunchy exterior and soft interior. Key ingredients include all-purpose flour, powdered egg replacer, and vegan chocolate chips, which come together to create a cookie perfect with a glass of cold almond milk.
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2Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie à la Mode

Perfect for those who love their cookies big and gooey, this skillet cookie is a sizeable dessert that can be topped with vegan vanilla ice cream. It’s made with basic staples like vegan butter and unsweetened vegan milk, baked in a skillet to achieve a soft, cake-like texture. 
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VegNews.ChocolateChipBananaBreadCarleigh Bodrug

3Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies

Ideal for a quick breakfast, these cookies blend the comforting taste of banana bread with the convenience of a cookie. Featuring ingredients such as mashed bananas, rolled oats, and vegan dark chocolate chips, these cookies are simple to make and adaptable to include additional flavors like nut butter or dried fruit​. 
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4Chunky Vegan Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

This recipe incorporates the crunchy texture of pretzels with chunks of chocolate for a sweet and salty treat. Applesauce is used to achieve a chewy texture, making these cookies a satisfying snack or dessert. 
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5Vegan Salted Tahini-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tahini gives these cookies a unique flavor profile, with the sesame paste providing a slight bitterness balanced with the sweetness of maple syrup and the richness of dark chocolate chips. Sprinkled with flaky salt, these cookies are a delightful blend of sweet, salty, and savory.​ 
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VegNews.NoBakeCookiesMareya Ibrahim

6No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

For an easy treat, these no-bake cookies combine peanut butter, oats, and chocolate chips to create a chewy, flavorful snack. Plus, they come together very quickly and without the need to turn on your oven.​ 
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7Vegan Brown Butter Bourbon Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies 

These cookies blend the rich flavors of bourbon and vegan butter, offering a sophisticated twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. The recipe includes a unique step of browning the vegan butter with pecans, which enhance and deepen its flavor, before mixing with traditional cookie ingredients and dark chocolate chunks​.
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VegNews.PeanutButterChocolateChipPizzaTiina Strandberg

8Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza

Imagine a giant cookie with the gooey texture of a soft cookie in the middle and crispy edges, topped with a layer of peanut butter. This cookie pizza is an excellent choice for parties or family gatherings, where it can be sliced and shared like a pizza​.
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9Vegan White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars

These delightful bars blend the classic sugar cookie taste with vegan white chocolate chips. A straightforward recipe ideal for a quick dessert, it combines cornstarch, coconut oil, sugars, and flours to create a moist, buttery base, topped with melted white chocolate and vegan sprinkles for a festive finish. 
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VegNews.CookieDoughChocolateBarsCiarra Siller

10Chewy Vegan Cookie Dough-Topped Chocolate Bars

What’s better than a chocolate bar? A chocolate bar topped with a layer of chewy vegan cookie dough, of course. This recipe is built on a base made from vegan butter, sugars, and almond milk, topped with melted vegan chocolate chips, making it a perfect treat for any sweet tooth.
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11Vegan Mojito Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Developed by chef Chloe Coscarelli, this recipe combines the refreshing elements of a mojito with the classic appeal of chocolate chip cookies. This creative blend incorporates dark rum and peppermint extract to emulate the mojito’s distinctive flavor, along with lime zest for that essential citrus note. 
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12Disney’s Famous Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Fries

Inspired by Disney’s theme parks, these cookies are uniquely shaped like fries and can be dipped into chocolate or fruit sauces. They mimic the texture of biscotti and are a fun twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies.
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