Friday, November 5, 2010
Vegan Mofo Comfort Food Recipe Number Two: Maple Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Last night, as I mentioned, I had a small group of friends over for a dinner of excellent pinto bean tacos before we all trucked off through the rain to go see our friend Jeff speak at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. It was the perfect night to sit around the table and eat good food, and I was almost reluctant to leave when it was time to get going. However, we had some fortifying cookies for dessert and then braved the elements. The small shot of whiskey (it's been a whiskey kind of week around here, apparently!) that I put into my travel mug full of pumpkin spice tea probably helped as well.
I made these cookies based on a recipe from the Beauty That Moves blog. I'd bookmarked it ages ago and never tried it until last night. It worked out well, especially considering that I didn't really select the recipe and start cooking until the very last second before people began arriving. The original version of the recipe is gluten-free, but I used spelt flour in my cookies, which worked just as well, though may have resulted in a crumblier cookie than the gf version. I'm sure they're great either way. Better make sure you eat some before they diasappear.
Maple Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
(based on a recipe from Beauty That Moves)
2 cups oats
1 cup spelt flour
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup safflower oil (original recipe calls for coconut oil, which I was out of, but that would work, too)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
a small handful of chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix oats, flour, coconut, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium sized bowl.
Whisk oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet ones and stir until well combined.
Fold in chocolate ships and pecans.
With wet hands, form dough into cookie-sizzed blobs on an ungreased baking sheet. Press the blobs down slightly.
The dough may seem crumbly, but it will work out, have faith.
Bake cookies for ten minutes. If they aren't browning around the edges, let them cook for another few minutes until they do.
Let cool and then feed them to your friends.
Makes about 18 cookies.