Tuesday, May 26, 2009

a healthier cookie?

I have been in the kitchen as long as I can remember. I probably can't recommend you the best restaurant in my hometown, but I can cook you a mean insert food here (don't ask me about meat though--that knowledge left the building a long time ago!). Really, I don't know how to cook everything, but I have made my share of dishes and am a good recipe hunter when it comes to the rest. As I approach a time I have long-awaited--finally having my own kitchen--I have been in search of suitable recipes for everything I've always wanted to make but haven't.

One thing at the top of my list is vegan baked goods. And not just vegan, but in other ways wholesome. Whole grain, whole wheat, no sugar added, made with fruit, etc. (not all in the same recipe, obviously) When I was about nine or ten, I took up the task of baking, because my mother only bakes for holidays and I found it was a kitchen job I could have all to myself. I now find myself in search of a little something sweet that won't make me feel as guilty. I'm trying not to rely on fat-free this and artifically-sweetened that. I want something homemade and wholesome. I know in the end, a cookie is a cookie. It can never be as healthy as an apple or a piece of broccoli--duh. But I'm going to try my best to make something a little better.

So, today, I started with a recipe I found here...Vegan Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies! Just what I wanted. I doubled the recipe and modified it a little. I posted the version I used below...

Vegan whole wheat chocolate chip cookies!

(My 16-year-old brother ate three in a row if that says anything about their taste.)

1.5 c whole wheat flour
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (w/no milk fat for vegan cookies)

Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Yields about 2 dozen medium cookies.

I think I'll call it a success! I've bought a little house-shaped papier-mache box that I am going to keep all of my recipes in. I'm going to add pictures of the finished products too! It's very exciting.


Geidlbots said...

So fun. I have tried to make healthier cookies as well. It is not an easy thing to do! So, did you buy the vegan choc chips? I gotta say I love milkfat...lol. I'm not sure that sentence has ever been uttered before.

onelonelyapricot said...

It's definitely not easy! But thanks to vegan baking blogs, finding recipes like this is a lot simpler than it used to be. I suppose certain tastebuds don't prefer cookies with a healthier flavor...I mean, the whole-wheatness of these comes across pretty obviously...so I wouldn't expect everyone to love them...but I really like them that way.

The chocolate chips I used are Ghiradelli semi-sweet. (They were only a little more expensive than the other brands...not too bad, and I am typically very frugal.) I'm not an expert on things being vegan or not, but as far as I can tell, they are. There's no milk in them, that's for sure. I'm actually lactose intolerant...so if I can avoid it, my stomach thanks me. :)