For Father’s Day, I decided to give my husband the gift of eternal life!
…in the form of these super nutrient-rich cookies!
(He’s not vegan, but I lucked out with a guy who is really into the idea of a plant-based diet as long as it includes hamburgers, too.)
I thought I’d share my recipe, straight from the Chef at the test kitchen at ABCGP! (Me, of course!)
Vegan Trail Mix Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- one pinch salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar or other sweetener of your choice
- 1/4 cup So Delicious coconut milk beverage
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla)
- 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- Egg replacer for 2 eggs (My choice: 2 4-ounce jars of Earth’s Best Pureed Pear baby food and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
- 1/3 pound trail mix (My choice: an organic blend of jumbo raisins, roasted pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, walnuts, goji berries, cranberries, and mulberries. See below)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets or stones with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a larger bowl, combine coconut oil, brown sugar, egg replacer, coconut milk and vanilla, mixing until well blended. Add dry ingredients along with oats and trail mix. Stir or use hands to mix well. Drop by large tablespoons onto cookie sheets. (Cookies will not spread, so flattening and shaping them a bit is a good idea.)
Bake until just browned and firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Brush with agave nectar when slightly cooled, if desired.
Makes approx. 20 cookies.
And there you have it! I was a little afraid to experiment with this recipe because I really didn’t want to waste so many pricey ingredients, but, happily, the cookies turned out great! (I really did only eat one, though. Daddy got the rest.)
Before the cookie madness started, we started Daddy’s day a little bit early with a fun Father’s Day Eve lunch that I picked up on my way home from work.
He: Salmon rolls
She: Roasted cauliflower and tiny roasted taters. I’m not happy about paying take-out prices for something so easy to make, but they were BANGIN’!
I picked up a few other things while I was at it. I’m thinking there have been a few too many splurges on ingredients lately…but it’s all in the name of good health (and full tummies), right?
Good fats, iron and antioxidants…
The aforementioned trail mix, chia seeds and wheatberries, all organic… I got some Medjool dates, too, but they didn’t make it into the shot…
Maybe it’s time to use things up before I buy any more. That always leads to fun things in the kitchen, don’t you think?
Stay tuned for the rest of the Father’s Day lowdown! I’m hoping to check back in later today…
Now, go bake some cookies!
…and don’t forget to enter to win some free goodies from Turtle Mountain! Go coconut!