While visiting my sister in Charlotte, NC , I made time to see one of my old friends from high school, Eli, her real name is Ashley but that’s a story for another day. Eli was a vegetarian for as long as I could remember but a few years ago she took the plunge and became a full Vegan, also almost landing herself in the hospital for malnutrition. That’s what happens when you live off of celery. So she did some research on ways to get more calories in her diet and discovered vegan baking. Now, more calories to the average girl is not exactly what the average girl (like me) needs. So I did a little research. Eli had baked delicious chocolate chip vegan cookies (the chips weren’t vegan she said, but that made it even more wicked… oh Eli, how you make me look like the spawn of the devil in comparison) at first these cookies were met with my usual skepticism, (no Butter? no Eggs?) the tantalizing smell rose from the rack of cooling cookies, the chips looking delightfully gooey… I took a chance and took a bite and they were surprisingly… delicious. I instantly decided to do more experimentation later, also calculating the relative calories and fat of the vegan cookie mix versus the toll house cookie recipe.
The original vegan cookie recipe can be found here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6391.0
VEGAN VERSUS REGULAR COOKIES
So Vegan cookies are not only lower in calories but also in fat content!!!!
That’s a total win in my book. Cookies that not only taste good, but are also better for you? how awesome is that? So I went about making my own versions of the recipe. First off is my cinnamon/nutmeg/pecan cookies.
I used the base from the chocolate chip recipe, only I added 2-3 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2- 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 cup pecans instead of chocolate. They’re delicious and smell up the whole house with spiciness.
So then I went about with a few improvements to the chocolate chip cookie recipe. I found that what I loved about the butter versions of the cookies is the salty- sweet combination. So I added a little bit of extra salt into the recipe (about a tsp.) and then added 1/4 cup brown sugar, adding then only 3/4 cup of raw sugar.
I hope you guys will explore vegan cookies with me, as we bake towards a thinner future. I am a cookie addict, so this little bit goes a long way. (plus who needs that cholesterol on their conscience?)
Be strong and bake on comrades!