As you may know from previous blogs I’m a 10-year vegetarian who made the switch to Vegan 1/1/2015 (though I used December 2014 to transition). I’m a full believer that Vegans don’t have to forego any of the delicacies of our vegetarian and omnivore friends. This morning I ate the most delicious, light & sweet Vegan Breakfast Cookies and would love for you to enjoy this experience as well!
¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup applesauce
¼ cup dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar + 1tablespoon molasses)
1 carrot cooked & pureed (or banana)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup raisins (or craisins or a mixture of both)
1/3 cup walnut pieces, lightly toasted in a dry skillet for 2 minutes, until fragrant and chopped
Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl.
- Combine oil and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high speed, scraping down sides if necessary, until sugars have dissolved and mixture is light in color, about 1 minute.
- Add carrot puree and vanilla and beat an additional 30 seconds.
- Add flour mixture and beat additional 30 seconds.
- Add oats, flakes, raisins/craisins and walnuts and mix over low speed just until incorporated. (Dough will be slightly sticky and less cohesive than traditional cookie dough).
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using between 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter, form a ball and place on cookie sheet.
- Repeat with remaining batter, leaving about 3 inches between cookies.
- Wet hands and use palm of hand to flatten cookies until about ¼ inch thick.
- Bake for 12 minutes, until cookies are fragrant but still soft.
- Let cookies cool slighty, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
*To create these vegan cookies we used Ellie Krieger’s Breakfast Cookies recipe as a base and removed/swapped some ingredients to vegan or preferential options.