What can I say? It's been a long summer of [relatively] clean eating, but I finally broke down. So, basically, I ate five of these, but at least I spared myself the animal fat, i.e. lard.
I whipped up these Chocolate Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Mmmmmm.
And Ugh. I'm definitely, definitely, going to the gym tomorrow. Actually, my trainer is going to love the fact that I ate oats, ground flax, and almond milk - the "cookie" part she's not going to hear about.
Finding this recipe also saves me from having to invent a special looks like "bear scat" cookie for the Gelber family. This recipe has lots of dried cherries, so it works for the bear scat theme AND tastes delicious. Enjoy, Sue!
Chocolate Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies
from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
2 cups quick-cooking oats.
1 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour (I used white whole wheat.)
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar (I cut the sugar back to 1 1/4 cups.)
2 T. ground flax seed
2/3 cup nondairy milk (I used almond milk)
2/3 cup canola oil.
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract.
1/4 tsp almond extract.
3/4 cup chocolate chips.
1 cup dried cherries or raisins (optional).
Preheat oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment. Mix first six ingredients in medium size bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, flax, and nondairy milk until smooth. Add the oil and the extracts and beat until well mixed. Fold in half the flour mix to moisten and then dump in the rest. Fold in the chips and dried fruit, if desired.
For each cookie drop 2 generous Tablespoons of dough on the cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until firm and risen. Let cookies rest 5 minutes on the cookie sheets and then transfer to wire racks to complete cooling.