I love vegan baking! I mean, my nick name is “VegMuffinMan” for a reason. My muffins are awesome! But sometimes its not all about the muffins, now is it?
What to bake, what to bake. Cookies? Sounds delicious. But I want something warm and gooey and chocolaty. Brownies? Sounds like an awesome plan. But my waistline could use some work…hmm… I’ve got it! A low-fat brownie-cookie thing! Oh, but lo- fat food tastes horrible. Cardboard is not how I like my desserts. You know what. Time to be a mad scientist and work up a concoction that will send both my taste buds and my body into a blissful coma or chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! This is one dessert your body might just thank you for later.
It’s the holidays, and there is tons of junk and sugary foods out there that will try to kill you during the seasons. But that’s where this good ol’ health freak comes in. I came up with this awesome cookie to show that food does not have to taste bland to be good for you. I wouldn’t recommend eating these things as a meal, but add a glass of almond milk and you have yourself one amazing snack or dessert!
Pecan Brownie Cookies:
½ c. apple sauce
½ c. sugar
¼ c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. flax seed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. white whole wheat flour (or ½ all-purpose flour and ½ whole wheat pastry flour)
¼ c. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 c. pecans, chopped
½ c. vegan semi-sweet chocolate chip
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lay some parchment paper on your cookie pan. This is low-fat people. Lets try to stay away from baking sprays and oils.
-In a large bowl, mix together the apple sauce and sugars. Then add in the flax and vanilla. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
-Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Mix it up and stir that baby until it looks like a big, chocolaty, gooey mess (yes. This is healthy). Then add in the pecans and chocolate chips. Use your hands to incorporate everything into the dough.
-Roll the dough into little balls and put them on the cookie sheet. Then smash it down with your hand so they are cookie shaped. Bake them for 12-15 minutes or until they are firm on the edges.
-Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack or your mouth. (cause we all like to cool cookies while chewing them !)
I love these cookies! So chocolaty and moist and delicious, I think just about anyone will beg for these whether vegan, omnivore, weight watcher, or someone who just plain wants a cookie.
Anyways, the winner of my chocolate peanut butter contest is……
Erica! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
What is your favorite “Healthy” cookie recipe? Links are welcomed!
Chocoholic-Cookie Loving Health Freax Unite!
-Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-