Wednesday, January 12, 2011

C is for Cookie, and These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are for Me!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for all of the comments on my last post. This is all very exciting, and exhausting too (my fellow bloggers know what I am talking about--getting comments is all about commenting on other blogs, and it's practically a full time job. I will do my best!). And while comments and commenting are really fun, I have to keep focus on the main reason this blog exists--sharing my passion for nutritionally excellent food.

Remember I told you I've been ogling over other healthy bloggers Best Recipes of 2010 lists? Well, I wasn't kidding around. So last night, when my trusty kitchen assistant Maya asked if we could bake cookies, I responded with a surprising "Yes" and about knocked her socks right off of her feet!

All of the ingredients for Fat Free Vegan/Susan's Banana Maple Oatmeal Cookies are staples in my kitchen (I LOVE when that happens!). I made two simple changes: substituting dark chocolate mini chunks for the raisins (I personally loathe cooked raisins in baked goods and I knew that to make these a real treat, they had to involve some form of chocolate). I also substituted orange juice concentrate for the lemon juice (I was just plum out).


Everyone in my house loved these cookies, and I love a sure thing! My husband, who won't eat anything with banana in it, didn't even notice the banana (I think) and scarfed down a bunch (he can safely do that). I however, managed to contain myself to just 2. Sweet food is my downfall, but sometimes you just gotta let loose a little. Thanks Sue for your best of list! Here's the recipe.


What kinds of treats do you make in your kitchen?

How often do you indulge in "healthy" baked goods?

Do you find it difficult to limit how much you eat when you are treating yourself? Or are you at a place where it's just no big deal?

16 comments:

exercisefoodandbeyond said...

These cookies look yumm! I make banana wheat bread all the time, thats a favorite in my house.

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

I make healthy baked goods a lot.. I really love having them on hand.. I like to make the base super healthy and then can either dress it up for dessert or dress it down with peanut butter for a quick meal. I make a variety of sugar free, gluten free and vegan snack bars and what I call breakfast cookies ( not sweet at all and usually with beans in them )

Mama Pea said...

We ALWAYS have a healthy baked good in our kitchen, be it a cookie, a muffin, a scone or a quick bread. It keeps my family from eating the packaged, processed stuff, which is good for us and the environment. You should try my Anytime Cookies...there are our favorite! But these look great too :)

Wendy said...

Melomeals and Mama Pea: I'm not ready to have baked goods in my house very often, but I will absolutely print out both of your recipes for cookies so that the next time my daughter asks, I will have something at hand. I'm excited to explore both of your blogs more and discover healthy baked good options. You know that my family would be REALLY happy about that!

Carrie said...

Your "helpers" are adorable. I just made some cookies similar to these but I used 4 ripe bananas which allowed for no added sugar. I try not to bake too often because I have such a sweet tooth and I really try not to eat added sugars. P.S. I hate raisins in baked goods, too. :)

Liz said...

I love healthy baking - just finished up some a few minutes ago! I recently started packing my lunch instead of eating out and I find that including something small and sweet for dessert totally makes the meal feel complete and keeps me from craving unhealthy stuff. And if I have too much on hand I send it to work with my husband and he shares with his coworkers. The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Clean Food are delicious - sort of a cross between a cookie and granola.

purplegrape. said...

YUM!! looks delicious
I make a very healthy date and almond cake where I dont use any refined/supermarket sugar (just soaked dates and use their natural sugar)

X Yas

http://mypurplegrape.com

katshealthcorner said...

I like to treat myself every now and then. Super-healthified cookies are my favorite. :)

the Cleveland Cupcake Company said...

I love this post! I do enjoy baking with at least half the fat. I've almost all but eliminated eggs from my cupcakes, it's the butter part I am having a hard time replicating or even getting rid of. I figured cupcakes are small enough to please even the craziest sugar addict. I may need to borrow Maya, she looks like an excellent baking assistant!

Oh! Have you tried making a quinoa peanut butter cookie yet? whoa....good

Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) said...

Cleveland Cupcake Co, recipe please!!!! ASAP!!!! xoxo

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

On a daily basis, I'm all about making healthy treats to have on hand. That way, when I'm staring down something not so healthy, I can have one of my treats and not feel deprived! Once in a while, though, nothing beats a slice of cheesecake or a good brownie, but I stick to healthier recipes generally :)

Sana said...

Confession. I love making vegan cookies b/c I can eat the dough w/o worrying abt raw egg <3

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Yes Sana, that is the upside of the vegan cookie--eating the dough with no worries! LOL

Evan Thomas said...

I'm always baking, so I try to slip in a few healthy recipes here and there to offset the unhealthy ones. These look terrific! And when you're baking with family it's all the more fun.

otherwisehealthy said...

Ah, these cookies look delicious! Like you, I'm not ready to have baked goods (even the healthy ones) in my house all the time. Otherwise, I'll eat tooooo many. But, I love baking and un-baking; sweet treats are my favourite. So, my strategy is to only make batches when I'm going to be sharing with friends (e.g., book club, party). I'll save a couple treats for myself, but create little gifts packs for friends. Everyone wins!!! :)

Weight Loss Recipes said...

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