17 March 2014

Recipes XXIII: Chocolate Craisin Cookies

I was having a lazy, rainy Sunday and wanted a treat to match my mood. I made a batch of apple cinnamon vegan cookies but it didn't hit the spot. During the week I had thought up a hypothetical cookie and wanted to see how it would work out. I was quite pleased. One could probably get away with eating these for breakfast...

Chocolate Craisin Cookies

Makes ~12-15 cookies

1 cup flour
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp coconut oil (non-melted)
3 tbsp chopped craisins
1/4 or 1/3 cup of dutch cocoa powder
3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup of steel cut oats
optional: non-dairy choc chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In stand mixer, combine all ingredients at one time.
Mix/mux it around until it forms a nice brown doughy consistency.
Using a spoon, drop cookies onto pan with parchment or silicone baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool on rack.

07 March 2014

Froyo + Veganism

I was all down and out thinking, "drat, I won't be able to get any froyo on my breaks at work". But then I remembered froyo is only half of the fun. How about the huge buffet of toppings?!?! With a little discretion and research, I had one hefty bowl of topping with raspberry sauce. No sadness or frowns there! It probably was healthier too since I had nuts and fruit and oreos.....well sorta.

05 March 2014

Veganism Day One

Today is my first day of going vegan for lent. I'm kind of nervous actually, uncharted waters I suppose. Yesterday I did my best to get my dairy fill to last me 40 days. I had homemade cheese pizza and a coconut Popsicle.

If you remember correctly, I've been transitioning my foods to vegan. I'm hoping this lent it won't be too terrible like the time I gave up sweets/candy/cookies as a hormonal teenager. Egad, that was awful.

I found an outstanding website VeganWolf that gives an extensive list of foods that are vegan (surprise! Swedish Fish are!) and recipes to make vegan sour cream, whipped cream, etc.

I'm taking on the challenge today!