Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let's face it: Cookies basically aren't good for you. They're sweet, little circles of carbohydrated goodness. That aren't good for you.

Now that I have opened that door, let's face something else: Who cares?

Nobody is good all the time and if you are, well, you have a problem and I suggest you seek professional assistance*. When thinking of sweets, one of my boot camp girlfriends always comes to mind and makes me smile.

After our instructor reminds us that everything we put into our body should be good because everything we put into our body affects our workouts, she is pretty much guaranteed to say something like this: 'well, yes, but a little chocolate won't hurt... it's good for you! Let's not get too crazy girls.' (If any booty girls are reading this I bet you know who I'm talking about! And we love her for it :))


All that said, y'all also know I can essentially be categorized in the 'health nut' column; I'm in school for my nutrition degree for goodness sake. That doesn't mean though, that I'm not grounded int reality, allowing myself a treat every now and then. It does mean that I strive to make it as healthy as possible. Most of the time. Usually.

These cookies were made on a day that I just wanted a cookie. It was a rainy, cold, windy nasty day and I just wanted a warm, sweet yet slighty crunchy, delicious cookie. Or nine.

So I made these. And I made them with oats for a little extra bulk, dark chocolate vegan chips and a whole lotta lurve.


Need:
5 teaspoons egg replacer
6 Tablespoons So Delicious vanilla coconut milk (it's 'so delicious'. Pure heaven)
2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Earth Balance
3/4 cup unrefined granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups thick cut oats
1 cup nondairy chocolate chips, preferrably the highest quality you can find. It matters.

Do:
In a small bowl, combine egg replacer and So Delicious and whip with a fork until fully combined and frothy. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir to ensure ingredients are fully combined. Set aside.

In a Kitchenaid, combine Earth Balance, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Mix until fully combined and smooth.

To your Earth Balance mixture, add egg replacer mixture and mix to combine.

Gradually add flour mixture in about 1/2 cup increments while the mixer is on. When jus combined, add the oats and chocolate chips.

Mix until just combined then turn off the Kitchenaid and put the dough in the refrigerator. As you do this, attempt to NOT eat the dough. This will be difficult.

Let sit in fridge for anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. If you need to eat them right away, like I did. Now is the time to preheat the oven to 375.

When oven is ready, drop rounded spoons of dough onto a baking sheet. Note: I cover my baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack or the counter to cool.

Serve:
These little morsels are great on their own. They are also fantastic with a tall glass of the So Delicious coconut milk. That's how Santa likes it. Ok. That's how I like it too.


They are also great dressed up with So Delicious ice cream... in any flavor, really.

Enjoy and don't forget to share!


* just kidding.

Oats

4 comments:

  1. These cookies look so chewy, chocolatey, and delicious! We'll even bet you can taste the love that went into making them! We can't wait to bake them and enjoy them with a tall glass of Vanilla So Delicious Coconut Milk!

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  2. Gail... yay!! Thank you so much! I just love So Delicious. It's one of my favorite products! I'm working on some new concoctions too! :)

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  3. i am not a vegan but do try to stay mostly veggie ... not usually when baking (i am not such a talented baker ...) but these sound SOOO yummy i just HAD to follow it to the T!!! OMFG - i think they are my new favourite!!

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  4. phatpinkyz... Anything you can do is great in my eyes :) I'm so glad you like them! They are incredibly addicting. Even the dough :) I don't usually end up with as many cookies as I should because I eat the dough :) Thanks for reading!

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