I wanted to make my mom something delicious for Mother’s Day on Sunday. I went down to the Vineyard to surprise her at work and although, let’s be real, my presence is gift enough in itself, I never like showing up somewhere empty-handed. (I kid, I kid.) My beautiful mom is vegan-ish and she LOVES cookies, so I made it my personal mission to create vegan cookies that were healthy (well, as “healthy” as a cookie can be).
After researching substitutions for sugar, butter, eggs, oil—pretty much everything that makes a cookie a cookie—I was ready to get my Bill Nye the Science Guy on and experiment in the kitchen.
Marvel at the healthiness of the final ingredient list…
- 1 cup whole grain rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup apple sauce
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp water
Ok, peanut butter and maple syrup aren’t exactly slimming, but that is still one sexy list.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Celsius.
- Stop being an idiot and adjust the temperature of your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mash up the banana and mix in all the wet-ish ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
- Mix er’thing together.
- Stick your finger in the batter and taste the guilt-free glory of this cookie recipe. This step is mandatory because in all honesty, the dough is better than the final baked product. You also may want to lick the spoon, spatula, bowl, etc.
- Plop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The dough will be sticky, leaving you with a great excuse to lick your fingers again.
- Bake 8-13 minutes. The first round, I used a heaping spoonful of dough for each cookie and let them stay in there 13 minutes. The second round, I used small spoonfuls and kept them in for only 8.
These cookies are soft, moist and delicious. I figured the peanut butter would overwhelm them, but the dominant flavor is most definitely the banana. Almost like a banana bread cookie.
Try them out and let me know what you think! And if you’re pro in the sport of vegan cooking, let me know what other substitutions you use!