>> Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I'm just as in shock as you will be soon. These "cookies" contain no butter. No butter substitute. No oil. Very little sugar. They do contain whole-wheat. Walnuts. A healthy dose of tangerine juice. A little chocolate (for good measure). But that's why they are most suitable for breakfast. I made them last night because I can't seem to get in gear with my earlier work schedule. Now, I just grab and go.
You're probably wondering what they taste like. In a word: Amazing. Let me elaborate. They are denser than a typical cookie. They aren't quite as sweet. Somewhat like a muffin, I guess. But what's best is that you can throw in whatever you like to change up the recipe. Don't like chocolate chips? Use dried cranberries. Not a fan of walnuts? Try some almonds. Hate tangerines? Use orange, apple, or another kind of juice.
A question we often get via email is: "How do you adapt recipes so easily?" It's very, very easy. Just stop following the rules. Substitute liquid for like liquid. And the same goes (90% of the time) for all other ingredients. Liberating, huh?
What you'll need . . .
- 1-1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice (I used honey tangerines, they were 8 for $2 this week!)
- 1/2 cup crushed raw walnuts
- 6 ounces vegan chocolate chips (or whatever kind you like best)
Method . . .
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
- Squeeze the juice out of your fruit. I used two tangerines to get the 1/3 cup needed. Had a little left over to sip myself!
- Whisk together the tangerine juice, applesauce, and honey. Then pour into your dry ingredients, mix with spatula until well combined.
- Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Drop huge, heaping tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet prepared with parchment. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Then raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for another 10 minutes. Until golden brown. Let cool.
- Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner!
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