A healthy version of the classic Starbucks dessert! Half vanilla, half chocolate, all delicious. Gluten-free, vegan, and no added sugar.
A lot of my recipes are inspired by childhood favorites, special moments in my life, or random “food memories” that pop up every now and again. Recently, a memory came to me that I still cherish to this day. It doesn’t have to do with cooking exactly but it certainly has to do with eating, fun food, and sharing a special moment with my mom.
You see, when I was little for a treat we would go to Starbucks together for one of their famous Black & White Cookies. I don’t even think they sell these anymore (which is sad!), but I can remember the taste and texture so distinctly.
A Childhood Food Memory
My mom and I would settle into a booth, her with a warm caramel macchiato and me with a hot chocolate. We’d place the cookie on top of the bag that it came in and she’d let me break it in half so that we each got some of the black and the white part. I was never able to break them evenly and she ALWAYS let me have the bigger half. What are moms for, right? 😉
She’d sip, I’d sip. We’d chat. We’d each break off bits of the soft, cakey cookie topped with the most delicious vanilla or chocolate icing.
Now don’t get the wrong impression. These cookies weren’t gourmet. They probably were made en masse somewhere and shipped in to the individual Starbucks locations. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t delicious and very enjoyable! And more than that, they represented time together. Just some fun girls’ time between my mom and I for us to chat after school or on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
These cookies meant more than just a sweet treat. They symbolized a bond between my mom and I that we’ve always shared…our love of togetherness AND our love of food! Because that’s one of the little acknowledged powers of food. Sure it’s delicious, nourishing, and pleasurable…but it’s also a means for connection.
My mom instilled a love for food and cooking in me from a young age and obviously it’s stuck until today! We were so bummed when Starbucks stopped selling the cookies, but by then we had already established a wonderful tradition of bonding over food and culinary adventures.
Copycat Starbucks Black and White Cookie Made Vegan and Gluten-Free
Enjoying these cookies together truly is one of my earliest and favorite childhood foodie memories. That’s why today’s Copycat Starbucks Black & White Cookie recipe is dedicated to my momma! When it comes to my love of food I can truly say ‘I got it from my momma!’. 🙂
Copycat Starbucks Black & White Cookie
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 12 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 2 cookies 1x
- Category: Sweet Snacks
1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup plant milk
Chocolate – 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 2 tbsp vanilla vegan protein powder + enough water to form a thick frosting
Vanilla – 2 tbsp vanilla vegan protein powder + enough water to form a thick frosting
Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, applesauce, vanilla, oat flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and milk. Blend until smooth.
Divide dough into two circular, flat cookie shapes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes and let the cookies cool completely before topping each half with the chocolate and vanilla frostings.
Soft, dense, cake-like cookies topped with creamy frosting in both chocolate and vanilla flavor. Is there anything more magical?
The best part is, these cookies are SINGLE SERVE, so you don’t have to make a ton at once, and the resulting cookie is HUGE! We’re talking a cookie the size of your hand, people. They also happen to be vegan, gluten-free, high protein, and sugar-free as well!
Everyone can enjoy these favorites of mine and get a small taste of a cherished memory I have from childhood. Enjoy, friends!
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