Pre-Vegan Experiment

I have been in a diet/life rut lately and decided to take on a new way of life: Veganism.  I haven’t ever really been a big meat eater- haven’t eaten any beef products in about 6 years- so I figured it wouldn’t be too tough. I practiced a little Vegan baking last night for a soccer party I was going to. I made Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, which, for a beginner baker, were extremely easy and delicious. I must say I don’t think I will ever go back to regular Chocolate Chip Cookies again. Plus, all the people at the party were completely shocked to find out they were Vegan. Everyone kept asking me how much butter were in them because they were soo delicious. Vegan=1 Dairy=0.

The delicious recipe:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (see note)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄4 cup unrefined sugar

1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt

1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup

1⁄4 teaspoon blackstrap molasses

1 1⁄2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1⁄4 cup canola oil (a little generous)

1⁄3 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F . In a bowl, sift in the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the sugar and salt, and stir until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup with the molasses and vanilla, then stir in the oil until well combined. Add the wet mixture to the dry, along with the chocolate chips, and stir through until just well combined (do not over-mix). Place large spoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten a little. Bake for 11 minutes, until just golden (if you bake for much longer, they will dry out). Let cool.

What a great start to my pre-vegan baking experiment. Let the animal free living begin!

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