Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Vegan with a Vengeance

Vegan, for some reason, has come to be synonymous with "healthy", and therefore a difficult dietary change. That's probably why I don't make the switch completely. Instead I like to dabble in it. Steak tacos one night, vegan moussaka the next. I usually like everything fatty about food. Just ask Da. I squealed with delight upon locating a tub of lard during a late night shopping trip.

You'll eat one of these and think, "HA! Being vegan is a piece of cake."

Or, really, an extremely chocolate cookie.

This cookie is adapted (only very slightly) from the Veganomicon cookbook, a collection I adore. I think that veganism is one of the most time consuming styles of cooking, making it one of my favorite styles of cooking.

These cookies, though, are really simple. And I cheated. I only used one bowl to make them in, and they came out perfectly.

Amaya helped me make the cookies, so it's only fair that I feed them to her too. I should do all my food photography this way.

Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(adapted from Chocolate-Chocolate Chip-Walnut Cookies from Veganomicon)

Makes 24 cookies

2 C flour

2/3 C Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2/3 C canola oil

1 1/2 C sugar

4 t ground flaxseeds

1/2 C soy milk

2 t vanilla

1 C chocolate chunks (Trader Joe's dark chocolate bars are awesome for this)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

In a large pyrex measuring cup, mix together the oil and sugar. Add the flaxseeds, soy milk, and vanilla. Mix well.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a fork to stir once it starts getting stiffer. Add the chocolate chunks. Mix with your hands until combined.

Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Scoop about 2 T out at a time, flatten into a thick disc, and place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

Bake for 10 minutes, let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.

I like to freeze them in ziploc bags for later eating. They get a nice chewy texture this way.


Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

The cookie was super good. I wish you hadn't told me they were vegan before I ate it. I wonder if I would ever know the difference.

have you ever seen the Post Punk Kitchen blog
I'm assuming you have.

Amaya is so deliciously cute especially that that cookie in her hand.

Unknown said...

Those look really good! Do you really need the flaxseeds and soy milk...i guess huh if it's vegan... Either way they look delish!!

Smiths said...

Just one more reason why we should have stayed longer. Ho hum.

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Keiko said...

This black thing looks good! I'm making this brownies right now. It was supposed to be FHE refreshment, but it didn't make it on time:) Black bean + sweet = kind of Azukish brownie? We'll see.

noelle said...

thanks for the recipe. and the vegan dinner we had. you inspire me to cook vegan! I think if I do have my own apartment, I can really go the vegan thing at would be so fun.