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Mexican hot chocolate cookies + why baking helps bad days

So last week I was having a bad day because I got some *sad* news that I didn't get a job that I had worked really hard for. I'm talking like eight hours of interviews on a Saturday, that's how hard I tried. Naturally, I was upset. I started to question if I was good enough, smart enough, capable enough, the thoughts started spiraling.

I usually do one of three things to cheer myself up: watch one of my favorite YouTubers, go get myself a treat, or craft a new recipe. This time, I decided to go bake. I know that might sound silly, but honestly distracting myself with something I enjoy (but still having alone time) has really proven to be helpful when I'm really down.

Just as a little mood booster, I started messing around with a chocolate cookie recipe. My roommate and I had been talking about how good Mexican hot chocolate is earlier in the day, and it was the perfect inspo for these cookies. I realized I had all the spices needed and turned regular vegan chocolate cookies into Mexican hot chocolate cookies! They're vegan, gluten-free, and nut free. :) I know first-hand how annoying food allergies and sensitivities can be so I like to make my recipes as inclusive as possible.

These came out almost like a cross between a cake and cooky, moist *sorry* and still fluffy. They're a good amount of sweet and have a good kick with the spice. Hope next time you're feeling down you can try a fun recipe like this to cheer you up!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies (vegan, gluten free)

- Makes 6 cookies -


  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons of oat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • Pinch of pink salt (or sea salt)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup cacao powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Lots of dairy-free chocolate chips (I love this brand)


  • Add all your dry ingredients together, then the wet & combine

  • You may need a bit more flour if your batter is feeling too sticky

  • Roll your batter into little balls then flatten on a parchment lined baking sheet

  • Bake for about 11-12 minutes at 350 degrees

  • Let cool and enjoy!

Tag me on my food Instagram, @tanya_tastes if you recreate :)

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