So I moved to Berkeley two months ago, and five days ago I decided to go vegan. This is a well-worn story, I’m sure. Hopefully some nice vegans out there can give me advice and strength to deny the temptations of things like Mac n’ cheese, Pizza and Cheesecake. Yikes. This may not be as easy as all those books make it sound.
I’ve been vegetarian for about seven years, so I guess I thought I’d already done the hard part. Starting to wonder about that though. At least I know I can still have cookies. That is a comfort.The recipe for these cookies is from Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, which I cannot recommend highly enough to any vegan cook. I’m working my way through a lot of the recipes in this book, so you’ll probably hear a lot more about it soon.
My awesome boyfriend also made an interesting discovery about these cookies. As is my usual practice, after I mixed up a batch of them, I baked about 6 and then froze the rest in little balls, so they’d be ready to bake whenever I desire. However, Adam (the boyfriend) and I tried them still frozen– and they’re amazing! Like the best fudge popsicle ever! So… maybe I should call these popsicle cookies from now on or something? Anyway, they’re probably the only cookies ever you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating, so enjoy!
2 cups – flour (I used whole-wheat)
2/3 cup unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder (I only had regular, worked fine)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canola oil (also didn’t have this, just used vegetable oil)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup soy milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (um…I don’t really like almond stuff, I just left this out.)
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used way more, also see note)*
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped small (skipped these too)
*did you know all chocolate chips are vegan as long as they are semi-sweet, bitter sweet or dark? Amazing!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In one bowl, sift together flour, cocoa,, baking soda, salt. (dry ingredients)
In another bowl, mix together oil and sugar, then add all the remaining ingredients except chocolate chips (and walnuts, if using).
Mix dry ingredients into wet a bit at a time. (If you have a stand mixer, this is easier. Just saying.)
Line baking sheet with parchment and bake 7-10 minutes. Recipe says 10, but with my oven they were super crispy at 10! The nice thing is no salmonella, even if you don’t cook it, or eat it frozen! If you’re weird like us.
Hi there! Welcome to WordPress and to veganism! You’ll be fine, these days there are so many alternatives out there to meat and dairy. (I live in NYC, but I imagine Berkeley is vegan-friendly as well.) You’ll find recipe blogs on here, including my own that I just started a couple of days ago: http://thevegancook.wordpress.com/. I also have links to other blogs and sites.
As for your temptations: Try vegan cheese like an almond-based cheddar for Mac ‘n Cheese. Get cheese-less pizza. Use silken tofu for cheesecake. But don’t beat yourself up if you “cheat” once in a while 🙂
PS your cookies sound delicious!
Wow, thank you so much! I will definitely check out your blog and I appreciate the support!