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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Double Chocolate Cookies (Vegan)

Little A is not much of a breakfast eater.  I don't know where that comes from because I don't know of anyone on either Adam's side or mine who doesn't like breakfast.

I often struggle to get her to eat anything before we leave the house, and even when we get to daycare, she rarely will eat what they are serving. 

There is one thing though, that she often asks for in the mornings and will ALWAYS eat: chocolate.  And who can blame her?  So in my desperation to get something in her belly, I have been giving in lately and handing her a chocolate brownie Clif bar for kids, or a Kashi dark chocolate cherry granola bar.  You know, junk food in disguise.  What's worse, is that if I give her this crap, I have to give Big A some too, and she has generally already consumed a massive breakfast.

Well last week the girls finished the Clif bars for kids that we got in Florida (they are still not available in Canada) so I started to think about what sort of chocolate treat I could make for them myself that is a bit healthier.  Little A used to be a huge muffin eater, but hasn't been into them lately so I decided on cookies.  What's wrong with cookies for breakfast?  In fact, what could be better than starting the day with DOUBLE CHOCOLATE cookies?  Hey, if I can make Little A leave for daycare with a smile on her face, I'm all for it.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Actually, I prefer my oatmeal to anything else, but I suspect not everyone would agree with me.  I do think you will ALL agree that these are delicious, regardless of what time a day you eat them!  Also, because they are vegan, the raw dough is perfectly safe to consume.  So if you are experiencing particularly desperate times and require a bowl of raw cookie dough to eat, this might be what you're looking for. 

This was also my first time experimenting with coconut sugar.  I found a great price on Madhava Organic brand. 

It is less processed than white sugar and has some nutritional value, but just keep in mind it is still a concentrated source of calories and like all sweeteners, should be used in moderation.  I might try using xylitol for these next time since my main concern with the girls is their teeth and xylitol does not promote tooth decay.

Double Chocolate Cookies

4 tbls coconut oil, softened
2 flax eggs (2 tbls ground flax + 6 tbls hot water, whisk with fork until consistency of egg whites)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or other sweetener)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups spelt or whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I believe President's Choice semi-sweet chips are vegan)

In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until smooth.  Add dry ingredients and chips and stir until dough comes together.   Form into small balls and place on baking sheet.  Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.  Let cool completely before transferring to wire rack.  Makes 22 cookies.

Yeah yeah, just add feeding my kids cookies for breakfast to my long list of parental sins!