20 Minute Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

No lie, it’s true.

You should have all these ingredients on hand, so if you preheat your oven to 325 now, you should be done with these cookies before you read this post twice. (I used the 5/6 dial setting)

PREP TIME 5-10 mins COOK TIME 11 minutes

Servings:  12-14 (cookies) Category: Dessert Snack, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour- use whichever you have
  • 1/2 cup of sugar, sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips, sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less (ENJOY LIFE brand)
  • 2-3 tbsp of hemp milk, use what you have!
  • 2 tbsp of oil, coconut or sunflower
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract, don’t worry somedays you have it somedays you don’t

Instructions

  1. Measure out all ingredients
  2. Dump it into one bowl
  3. Use a spatula to mix, then hands
  4. Determine if it needs less or more milk, needs to have a nice consistency
  5. Scoop using a tbsp onto a baking sheet, I use a pizza stone un- lined, it’s been accumulating grease for god knows how long….
  6. Bake for 11 mins @325 depending on your oven. Be careful when moving to a cooling rack they will be a little soft, use a spatula.
  7. No need to wait, they will magically disappear in 15 minutes, just enough time for you to realize you should have doubled the recipe, or enough time to get started on the 2nd batch.
Raid your kitchen to find these ingredients
NO “2 bowling” – just mix it, no fuss
Don’t be afraid to use your hands, I’m not. 🙂
Perfect scooper for small children
leg game strong
Ta-Dum – Perfection! Eat up and comment!

For Jocelyn! Otherwise I would have kept procrastinating…

Enjoy these cookies for any occasion and love your babies/fur-babies or mates.

P.S. My husband says each bite is like the first. Let me know if you agree!

Pinkberry Nice Cream

Ok, so there is no such thing as Pinkberries.

But there should be according to this recipe.

I won’t comment much on the last 72 hours of my life, let alone the last year but I will serve you up a nice cool treat you can enjoy in this heat. (Sorry if you’re in another part of the world that is currently enjoying winter, don’t mind me; keep enjoying).

So what have I been doing for the past year?

Working, traveling, breaking immigration laws, mothering. All the fun stuff. Life isn’t as  easy as March 2018, but it’s still adventurous and there is still value in the complications. Lucky for me, I can fall back on Nice Cream to temporarily soothe my aches and pains.

Here goes:

3-4 Small frozen organic bananas

1-2 hand fulls of frozen organic blueberries

Blend all of that in your hand dandy food processor 

Toppings you could choose:

  • ground flax
  • muesli
  • dates

Or do use whatever you have… more importantly just improvise, and just enjoy yourself.

Above all consider the following:

That Ben & Jerry’s ice cream contains 19 g of fat in a single half-cup serving, and 10 g of that is saturated (the “bad” kind, which raises our levels of LDL cholesterol). The American Heart Association recommends we limit our fat levels and cut back on saturated fat, making sure it doesn’t exceed more than 5 to 6 percent of our total calories—that’s about 16 g of saturated fat daily for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet. So one serving of our chosen sample exceeds that total.”

Choose cruelty free, nutrient dense nice cream next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Cookie, Vegan Oatmeal Cookie. 

These are a delicious earthy biscuit of a cookie. This isn’t considered your classic Nabisco knock off. The are still soft, but have a nice chunkiness to them. I made them specifically for nicecream sandwiches!

If you’re interested in taking up a snack, thats more like a breakfast or a meal packed with protein this is your cooking.

Vegan egg here. In this case I had the “Neat Egg” but you can do your single flax egg if you wish. 1:2 Ratio  of Flax and water and set aside.
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In the food processor blend 
2 Cup rolled oats
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I transfer this to a bowl once done and include the following 
1 1/2 C of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt or less depending on preference
In the food processor blend the dates first until it’s nice and pulpy. 
1 Cup of medjool dates (use more or less depending on your preference)
Then add the following.
1 Cup of vegan butter
1 Tsp of vanilla or more (whose counting)
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With your hands, combining both groups working into a nice “masa” (dough)
Roll them into small golf ball sizes. On a lined sheet place each down, and squash the into thin “pancakes” . I bake one side for 7 mins or until golden brown, then flip them and bake for an additional 7 mins. I do this because I like the crispy both sides.  
No photo, but you get the idea. You’ll be eating “Not Oatmeal Cookies” for days!
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Adapted from: The Viet Vegan, amazing site! Check it out.

Acai Bowls

This breakfast/dessert/diner whatever you want to call it has been on repeat in my house. Look at the pic again, can you blame me?

It’s gotten to the point that when my son Ezra hears the food processor start churning he comes running.  #dinner bell.

Originating from Brazil, these babies are only now getting popular in western culture. #betterlatethannever

The pulp is sold a few different ways. I prefer with no added ingredients. Sometimes they will already have the protein included or something like strawberries mixed in. Nope, I go for the straight up organic pulp. They come in packs of 4 usually. The one below I scored for less than $5.00 locally.

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As most know by now Acai is a superfood packed with antioxidants it’s been linked to several health enriching factors. Weight-loss, memory enhancing, anti-cancer, and anti aging to name a few.

Honestly, I love to load up on berries or most foods of dark rich purples/pinks before and during my periods because they’ve been linked to having anti-inflammatory properties as well. I swear it helps with the bloat. See for yourself. However that’s not the case right now, I swear.

Here is the recipe:

2-4 Tablespoons of oatmeal (optional)

If I include the oatmeal, I’d pulverize it first in the food processor right now. Then add the following ingredients one by one processing. This step makes it easy to incorporate all of the ingredients 

2-4 Bananas depending on the size.

2 Packs of Acai (this recipe is for 2 servings)

1 Scoop of plant based protein

1/2 -1 Cup of plant milk, I’m on the hemp milk tip, been there a while (it’s packed with omega 3’s, especially good for growing baby brain development)

 

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If you want to be basic, then you are done. Being extra means you’d start tossing in the hemp, flax, maca, yeast or whatever other powders you use.

 The last step is to drizzle your milk in. Once you see the blades pick up speed and move the ingredients well you can check to see if you need more. I like the consistency of my bowls dense, so I really watch this step to prevent a runny bowl. 

Serve and top with your favorites. Coconut, mango, diced berries and fruit. Have at it.

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Bliss Ball v1.0

Ok, so the lunch ideas are failing. Logan has be coming home at 4pm having survived off peanuts and  crackers.

He refuses to eat cold pasta, or beans and rice. According to the mommy group, there is  an alleged microwave, I lack interest in raising the issue.

I’ll leave the up to all the other super mamas out there.

So we’re back to the drawing board.

1.5 C of rolled oats

7 large Medjool Dates

Pinches of coconut ( let’s not complicate this)

1 Tablespoon or less of cacao ( I did less, have mercy on his teachers)

1 Tablespoon of nut-butter (the nut allergy phenomenon isn’t alive in Panama, so nuts can be brought to school)

I included orange zest  this time- I wanted to be extra.

Pulse these lovelies in the processor now. Roll into balls. Add droplets of water if it’s too dry and balls don’t ball up. Makes approx. 12- depending on size. You could double up the recipe if you want it to last more than a day or two. 

This recipe was a complete failure for my picky eater who brought them back barely untouched. He explained he did eat them, he nibbled on the edges. My 2 year old however devoured them. Can’t win them all.

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