The great news about being vegan is, you don't have to give up the most wonderful food ever available to mankind: chocolate.
Vegan chocolate is easily available, and truth be told, it is no different-- in any way-- from regular chocolate that has dairy products in it. One of my favorite bedtime treats is a tablespoon of Ghirardelli's White Mocha Hot Chocolate stirred into a cup of soymilk. Heaven AND vegan. And there are many, many varieties of vegan candy and vegan chocolate chips to be found at stores like Whole Foods.
Whole Foods and Ghirardelli also both make vegan chocolate chips for baking. To make the Chocolate Chip Cookies I am sharing today, I used Whole Foods' 365 Days brand of unsweetened dark chocolate chips. Not only are these chips delicious, they're really pretty in these cute little rectangular shapes they come in.
I just got back from a hectic work trip to Boston (which is why I've not been posting) but the minute I got home today I rolled up my sleeves and baked these cookies because I just couldn't leave these chocolate chips uneaten any longer.
The cookies have a lot going, texture-wise. The powdered rolled oats give them a wonderfully chewy texture. The chocolate chips give a silkily gooey mouth-feel. And the walnuts add a rich crunch.
I truly enjoyed making and eating these marvelous cookies. Hope you do too!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mix in a bowl:
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together until well mixed:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water, beaten together
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp almond milk (can use soy milk)
Add the flour and beat in until smooth.
1 1/3 cups rolled oats, ground to a powder
1 cup walnuts, toasted lightly, then chopped
1 cup vegan unsweetened dark chocolate chips
On a greased cookie sheet, drop large balls of the cookie dough, about 2 inches apart.
Bake in a 375-degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are lightly brown. They will still be soft in the center.
Keep the cookie sheet on a rack for a few minutes. Then remove the cookies from the baking sheet and transfer to the rack to cool completely. They will firm up as they cool.
One of Opie's favorite pastimes is to sit in the front yard and look for squirrels scurrying around the oak and maple trees on our street. He then barks at them to call them...to play? I have no idea, but he does look adorable doing it.
And finally here are some wonderful critters having a great time with our flowers. Have a nice weekend, everyone!