Pop’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapefruit & Anise. Oil- & Sugar-free.


Cookies 2Father’s Day.  It’s coming.  Except in my case, I call it Pop’s Day, cuz that’s what I call my dad.  I can’t really send him flowers or a little piece of jewelry like I can my mother on her special day.  He no longer needs ties and has more tools, shirts and logo baseball hats than he can ever use.  So what do I send my old man to let him know how special he is?  Bake him a batch of (healthy) vegan chocolate chip cookies that feature his favorite flavors.

For an oat-free, slightly “lighter” cookie, check out my variation on tumblr, click here (photo below).

Can’t find stevia-sweetened, vegan chocolate chips in your store? You can purchase Lily’s Sweets brand chips in individual bags or (as I do) in massive quantities, here. You can find Natvia’s crystallized stevia sweetener made specifically for baking, here.

Pop's Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies w/ Grapefruit & Anise
Yields 16
Give your dad what he really wants for Father's Day: cookies!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
130 calories
19 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
31 g
84 g
7 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 84mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats or rolled oats that have been lightly pulsed in a food processor
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1 tsp. anise seeds, crushed with a mortar & pestle or processed in a spice grinder
  5. 1/4 cup tahini
  6. 4 Tbsp. aquafaba, a.k.a. the water from a can of white or cannelloni beans
  7. 1/2 cup crystallized stevia baking blend (such as Natvia brand)
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. 2 tsp. grapefruit zest
  10. 1/2 cup stevia-sweetened vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  11. 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda and anise seeds.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the tahini, aquafaba, stevia, vanilla extract, and grapefruit zest until smooth.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients and stir in the chocolate chips. Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets. I wet the bottom of a glass to gently flatten the cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking pans before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  1. I do not add salt to this recipe because the water from the canned beans is salty enough. If you are using bean water from unsalted beans, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the recipe.
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28 thoughts on “Pop’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapefruit & Anise. Oil- & Sugar-free.

  1. Steve

    I can’t even imagine what these flavors taste like together… Ergo, I suppose you’ll have to send me a batch! 🙂 I know I didn’t raise you, or anyone else, but still, it’s Pop’s day LOL

  2. infinebalance

    Love the idea of Grapefruit in these…. it is absolutely one of my favourite flavours. I’m sure you Pop will love them!

  3. Kristy

    What a great gift! And so many lovely flavors- the anise, maple, grapefruit, vanilla- sounds like your dad is one lucky fellow! 🙂

  4. tearoomdelights

    Your photos are lovely, and what a wonderful Father’s Day gift. These would go down very well with my dad, I’m sure!

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    These cookies look fantastic! What a cute way to celebrate Pop’s day my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Márcia Gonçalves

    What perfect chocolate chip cookies, they have such amazing flavors… Must be delicious! Great gift for father’s day 🙂

  7. Brittany

    I would have never thought about this combination!! It sounds oddly delicious. One time I made a smoothie and decided to put an entire grapefruit (peel and all) into the blender..it came out so sour I couldn’t finish it. It was a sad day when I had to waste it.

    Random story.that is all.

  8. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Lovely recipe 🙂 I’m currently trying to figure out what exactly I’m going to bake for my dad…you are so on the ball!

  9. Shira

    Gorgeous! I wish I could bake my dad a batch of cookies (come to think of it maybe I can?) – these look yummy Ann!

  10. Lou Dwan

    This is great… do you know I ALWAYS bake my Dad stuff for Father’s Day, Birthdays etc… he has a bit of a sweet tooth and loves any kinda of cookie/cake/slice… plus I enjoy it too – win & win. Bet your Pop will be tickled pink 🙂

  11. thingsmybellylikes

    I saw these on facebook and immediately got up to snack – that’s how much of an effect they had 🙂 They look and sound lovely, you’ve got one v lucky pop…

  12. veganmonologue

    I call my dad Pop too…. 🙂 I was the only kid who didn’t say “dad” growing up, and all my friends thought it was weird.

  13. Richgail Enriquez

    I’d like to try this for Sunday. My dad has some health issues and it’ll be good to give him something healthy and delicious. I’m sure he’ll like these. THanks!!!

  14. FlysAtNightWoman

    I love the idea of adding grapefruit zest to a chocolate chip cookie recipe! Never thought of that one–must try it ASAP! 🙂

  15. Luann Buczko

    I enjoy the flavor of grapefruit simply because it is sweet. Grapefruit is additionally a fruit that provides so many health advantages.”,*,’ Take care vitamin benefits article

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