The past few weeks/months, I've been thinking about making a big lifestyle change and going vegan. Seeing that I live in a family who cherishes meaty dishes and cheese plates, this is kind of a big deal. BUT I barely eat dairy anymore because of my allergies, meat has started to gross me out, and I only eat eggs on occasion. I'm pretty convinced I could live off of fresh fruit for the rest of my life. It just makes sense for me. I know that a vegan lifestyle isn't for everyone, but healthy living is unique for each and every person. I'm not planning on skipping big holiday dinners with my family, but the other 361 days of the year, I'm planning on sticking to it because it makes me feel good and happy.
My family is still kind of on the fence about it, but I'm old enough where I thiiiiiiiiink I can make my own decisions regarding how I fuel my body. I'm determined to show my family and friends that healthy eating doesn't have to suck and taste like twigs and dirt. Although I've done a lot of experimenting with vegan baking over the last few months, I've decided to go on a search for some standby base recipes and I'm pretty sure these cookies are a great start to my repertoire.
The other day, I had a HORRIBLE baking fail that resulted in me crying like a baby, eating puddles of cookie mush, and then skipping dinner that night. Not to mention, tons of my precious coconut oil and fancy dark chocolate I got for my birthday died and went to garbage can heaven. Needless to say, it was not the best day. Thankfully the next day, I had a better idea of what I needed to do (less oil. more flour.) and everything turned out swimmingly. WAIT, I LIED. More than swimmingly. These cookies are honestly some of the best things I've ever made. They're not exactly the healthiest (I was out of maple syrup and honey), but they're definitely not loaded with a bunch of simple carbs and fattening butter. Vegan or not, make these cookies. Not to be bossy or anything, but seriously.
P.S. It's national chocolate chip cookie today so I should be getting some sort of award or something for actually posting A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE on NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY.
vegan almond oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
1/2 c. softened coconut oil
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
3 tbsp. nondairy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. wholewheat flour
1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. quick cooking oats
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1/4 c. dark chocolate chips/chunks
1/4 c. chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. in a large bowl, whisk coconut oil, sugars, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Add flours, oats, baking powder, and cinnamon, stirring just until combined. Gently fold in almonds and chocolate chips. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown. Yields about 15 cookies.