Vegan Cookies are Delicious (trust me)

Vegan Cookies are good for the Soul

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 here’s how it goes down, on the recipe for the toll house cookies, it says it makes up to 5 dozen, I don’t know how small they make their cookies, but that batch only makes around 2 dozen for me.

Toll House cookie recipe:
2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour —– 1,021 calories , 9 grams of fiber
1 tsp. baking soda—- 0 calories
1 tsp salt— 0 calories
1 cup (2 sticks) butter—- 1,600 calories, 1,504 calories from
¾ cup granulated sugar—- 580 calories, 0 fat
¾ cup packed brown sugar—- 580 calories, 0 fat
1 tsp Vanilla Estract —– 12 calories
2 Large eggs—– 144 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat
2 cups toll house semi-sweet chocolate chips— 1,120 calories, 576 calories from fat.  64 grams of fat
Total: 5,057 calories, 2,170 from fat, 140 grams of fat
Makes appx. 2 dozen cookies
1 cookie=  211 calories , 90 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat per cookies
Vegan recipe
2 cups unbleached flour- 800 calories, 8 grams of fiber
2 tsps baking powder- 0 calories
1/2 tsp.salt- 0 calories
cinnamon to taste (optional)
vegan chocolate or carob chips – ½ cup, 560 calories, 288 calories from fat, 32 grams of fat
1 cup raw sugar- 938 calories (even with brown sugar substitution it’s the same)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil- 964 calories, 964 calories from fat, 109 grams of fat
1 teaspoon vanilla- 12 calories
1/4 cup water- 0 calories
Total: 3,274 calories, 1252 calories from fat
Makes appx. 2 dozen cookies
1 cookie= 136 calories, 52 calories from fat….

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.

Cinnamon Pecan Vegan 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.

YUMMY!

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!

xoxo

Abby


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