These nut-free, chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies have the most incredible texture and are bursting with flavor. They are made with sunflower seed flour, are gluten-free, and you only need a handful of ingredients!

a plate of vegan chewy chocolate chip cookies.

What flour is used in these vegan chocolate chip cookies?

Sunflower seed flour! It’s just finely ground sunflower seeds! You add the seeds to a high-powered blender and blend until a super fine flour forms – just like almond or oat flour! It is so easy to make.

Benefits of using sunflower seed flour

Price: it’s cheaper than almond flour. Almond flour can be VERY pricy, sometimes costing upwards of $15 for a bag. Sunflower seed on the other hand are a lot more cost-effective.

Flavor: Sunflower seed flour offers a super yummy, unique taste to any recipe you use it in. If you love sunflower seed butter, you’ll especially like it. It gives these vegan chocolate chip cookies a unique nutty flavor, without adding nuts!

Nut-free: For those who have nut allergies, this may be a great swap! I know a ton of “healthy”, gluten-free recipes can call for almond flour and it can be hard to find a substitution. Sunflower seed flour can work in almost every recipe almond flour is used in.

Tips for making sunflower seed flour

Make sure you only blend it on high for a few seconds at a time. It shouldn’t take long to create a fine flour. If you blend it too long, it’ll start to turn into sunflower seed butter and won’t work properly.

Make it fresh. I think it’s best when the sunflower seeds are freshly blended. I haven’t tried storing it, but I’m sure you could store it in an air-tight container (I’d keep it in the fridge!). 

Ingredients in chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies

Sunflower seeds: You can always make these with almond flour

Coconut sugar: Coconut sugar offers a great flavor to these cookies, but any granulated sugar can be used.

Flax egg: You can use a real egg. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tbsp ground flax seeds with 2 1/2 tbsp of water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken. 

Cinnamon: This is optional, but cinnamon and sunflower seeds work SO well together!

Chocolate chips

Let’s make some sunflower seed flour cookies

  1. Add the sunflower seeds to a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix). Blend for a few seconds until you create a super fine flour and no chunks remain.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, mixing until a sticky dough forms. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto a lined cookie sheet Slightly flatten with your palm. 
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and top with sea salt when removing from the oven. Let cool (they firm up as they cool!)


Store these cookies in an air-tight container.

More cookies recipes to try

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Apple crisp cookies (Vegan, gluten-free)

Vegan twix cookies

Banana caramel cookies

Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (Nut-free, Gluten Free)

These nut-free, chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies have the most incredible texture and are bursting with flavor. They are nut-free, made with sunflower seed flour, are vegan, gluten-free, and you only need a handful of ingredients! A perfect recipe for the cookie table this holiday season!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 1 kcal


  • 1 3/4 cup sunflower seed flour *See above post for how-to
  • 1 flax egg or regular egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • generous pinch of sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F. If using a flax egg, mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 2 1/2 tbsp water and set aside to thicken 5-10 minutes.
  • Start by blending sunflower seeds in a high powered blender until it reaches the consistency of almond flour – super fine! You'll need around 2 cups of sunflower seeds to get 1 3/4 cups sunflower seed flour.
  • Then add in the remaining ingredients, mixing well until dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop by roundfuls onto a lined cookie sheet. Use your palm to slightly flatten them.
  • Bake for 11-12 mins, until golden around the edges. Let them cool completely (i actually like sticking mine in the freezer for a bit) before enjoying! They'll firm up as they cool.
Keyword cookies, gluten free baking, healthy cookies, healthy desserts, holiday baking, nut-free, sunflower seeds

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