A little healthier chocolate chip cookie is always a good thing... Unless you eat twice as many of them!
One of our goals/promises as vegan parents of vegan children is to help our children feel that they can enjoy many of the same things as their non-vegan friends. Within that goal, we strive to keep these "treats" as healthy as possible.
My son is going to a birthday party today, and I want to send a few cookies with him. No, it's not cake or cupcakes, but I really do not want extra cupcakes with mounds of frosting sitting around my house, despite the fact they will not last long! I feel a cookie is usually a healthier option, and I usually have most of the ingredients on hand, unlike the ingredients for buttercream frosting. I feel this way he can still have a sweet treat along with the other kids.
I have not baked chocolate chip cookies in quite some time. I glanced through many recipes on VegWeb.com to find one that was simple and not super-sugary. One of my goals in vegan cooking and baking is to find recipes that do not require really strange ingredients, like commercial egg replacers. I found this recipe for chocolate chip cookies (perhaps the name caught my attention), and then I modified it quite a bit for a healthier version.
What I ended up with was an extremely decadent cookie that was more satisfying than any cookie I've ever baked before. Another plus is the health benefits, yes, health benefits to a cookie. My version is much, much healthier than the original with more fiber and less sugar.
I'm not sure how many my husband ate, and I'm sure he would not appreciate me sharing that information either. I even had a hard time saving the dough to bake into cookies (another advantage to vegan baking--no eggs!).
Now for the bad news: I'm not going to post a copy of my recipe--it's too delicious! If you would like to receive a copy of my recipe, you can sign up for my newsletter. If you already receive my newsletter, please leave a comment here or on my Mindfully Healthy Facebook page, and I will email you the recipe.