A couple weeks ago we wanted a cookie. I ran through a variety of cookie options and my husband said oatmeal raisin!
Somethings in life are too good not to share. These comforting cookies, are one of those things. Sweet, satisfying, soft, with a slight chew, moist but not too moist. They create perfect, inviting, palm-sized, BIG, beautiful cookies.
These scratched my itch, but like a mosquito bite once you scratch it sometimes it makes it worse and you scratch more, in this case I had one cookie, then a half of one later and the other half shortly thereafter. They are so good!! "Mmm, mmm, mmm" says my husband. I thought these would be a great post to share for Father's Day. Who doesn't love a cookie? Plus, no soaking, refrigerating, just mix, bake, consume, repeat.
"Damn, I gotta have the other half of that cookie" - Gerald. Haha!!
Plus, they are healthy. The original recipe calls for 1 cup of butter vs. 1 cup of sweet potato puree, 1 1/2 cups of sugar vs. 2 tbsp. of agave syrup, plus 1 egg and 1 egg yolk vs. flax meal and water. Say what? I used amaranth flour so they are busting with protein! You can have one after you work out with 12.4 grams of protein a cookie. ;) Get your cookie on with these amazing Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! Love, Christa
Makes 10 Huge Cookies
1 Cup Sweet Potato Puree
1/2 Cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Agave Syrup
2 tsp Flax Meal
3 Tbsp Water
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Amaranth Flour (or All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour)
1 Cup Oats
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Course Sea Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips (I used mini)
1 Cup Raisins (I used jumbo)
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and is a big holiday for foodies and non foodies a like in America. Gerald and I used to both enjoy the traditional thanksgiving growing up and now enjoy a vegan variety of delicious food!
In 2010 we shared our first vegetarian thanksgiving together! This was pre-blog life in our little studio. Here are some old pictures I found of our scalloped potatoes, green been casserole, creamy potato soup with a veggie platter, pumpkin bread, pies, stuffing, fruit-salad and cranberries not featured.
Here was one of our yummy pies from 2010.
In 2011 we shared a non-traditional vegan Thanksgiving with all of our favorites! Hummus with Pita Bread and Veggies, Vegan Pesto Pasta with Tofurkey and dessert. Another pre-blogging event right before I started the blog! No pics.
This is what we had in 2012 for our Vegan Thanksgiving!
Our 2012 Menu was:
Homemade Wheat (Yeast Free) Bread
Vegan Tempeh Loaf
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Vegan Mushroom Gravy
Fresh Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Pecan Pie & Cherry Pie
In 2013 we enjoyed an Aloha Style thanksgiving! Pic of one of our dishes we enjoyed in Hawaii below.
Now here it is 2014 and I am planning a delicious meal for me and my honey. I went to the market today and am ready to go! I typically toss tradition out the window and just have fun so don't expect anything different. ;) I will be sharing soon! In the mean time...
Here are hand-selected recipes that I think would be great for Thanksgiving!
Vegan Cream Cheese Filled Tomatoes with Spices and Green Onions
GF Nut 'N Seed Bread
If no concern with gluten: Homemade Vegan Wheat Bread - Yeast Free
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Pan Fried Pepper Jack Veggie Potatoes (My husband's middle son LOVED these!!)
Steak Fries (My hubby's fav!!)
The Main Course:
Grab n go BBQ Tempeh Bites (Make into a Tempeh Loaf!!)
Pecan Carrot Cake (Raw)
I hope this helped provide some ideas! May our family and yours be blessed with an abundance of thanksgiving and love!
“One kind word can warm these winter months” Japanese Proverb
Happy Earth Day! I asked my husband, Gerald, what a good way to celebrate was and he said "Ki Lime Cookies!" I was so excited with his response I made some right away. In Sumerian text, Ki, refers to Planet Earth. Check out Gerald's site to learn more about the Anunnaki. I think the name is perfect! We tested the cookies and they are fantastic!
Sweet with a little tang. The cookie dough is soft and sticks together well and they're rolled in coconut sugar for an extra tasty treat. Enjoy these easy cookies. I whipped these up in and was eating one in about 30 minutes!
Total Time: 30 Minutes | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Makes: 10 Small Cookies
Ki Lime Cookies
Note: I find Coconut Sugar is similar in taste and texture to brown sugar, feel free to use that instead.
Who doesn't love a hot warm cookie fresh out of the oven? Or a cookie to snack on, no matter the time of day. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are one of the tastiest. This version happens to come with out a slice of guilt or a sense of cheating. These are healthy cookies! Which, in some ways entice one to eat more, but if you do, it is okay because they are good for you!!
This recipe is inspired from my sister! For our wedding she helped coordinate, did the food, the gifts, my hair and make-up and held the wedding in her home! For the guests she made oatmeal chocolate chip cookie jars!
Aren't they stunning? My mom wrote the recipe down for me, I was so happy to find it. I love finding handwritten notes from loved ones. I veganized the recipe and made them "JJ approved" as my husband declared! His youngest son LOVES cookies, and I LOVE making him cookies! I wish he could have tasted this batch...I'll share the recipe with all of you in the mean time and record it so we can make them again and again. I double checked the recipe and it's a success! The nice thing is they make a batch of 24 cookies so there is enough to share.
Total Time: 20 Minutes | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Bake Time: 10 Minutes | Servings: 24 Cookies
Best wishes for a beautiful week!
I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far and are enjoying yourself wherever you may be! My husbands birthday is 2 days before Christmas so I tend to be more focused on his big day than on the holidays. I ensured he was pampered all day long. We enjoyed a beautiful hike together with the most beautiful views. It was very nice to get in nature and work some different muscles that hadn't been used in a while. :)
We started his big day with Sweet Potato Lattes and a Smoothie Bowl!
It was a strawberry, banana, pineapple smoothie infused with beet powder, served with fresh mango and cranberries on top. He said it was better than cake. Success!
We enjoyed "cheese" and crackers on the trails and it was so special, what a treat for vegans. The recipe is featured in my new e-Book that you get upon subscribing!! :)
When I was growing up it was tradition that we'd get whatever our heart desired for our birthdays for dinner and dessert. I asked my husband what he would like and he asked for a vegan omelet! I responded "with home fries and a biscuit with jam?" He smiled and said yes! I knew I was up for a challenge but thankfully Richa with VeganRicha.com came to the rescue. If your an omelet lover like my husband then you must try her incredible recipe, click HERE. It came out PERFECTLY! My husband declared it was the best one I've made yet and raved about how good it was. I HIGHLY recommend her inventive recipe. The home-fries recipe can be found HERE and the gluten-free nice and easy biscuit recipe HERE. The meal can be yours too!!! :) We ended the day with a special cheesecake creation that I'll gladly share soon.
Now, back to the sweet, warm, soft, moist cookies!
Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that are out of this world, hard to stop at two, unbelievably good cookies!
We shared them with our friends on Christmas Eve and I was asked "YOU made these??" I proudly said yes! Knowing they're gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar-free and oil-free!!! Healthy cookies that taste like your having a guilty treat but wait - no guilt here!! Only a couple cookies remained when we left and everyone raved about them even asking for the recipe. Fortunately I modified a recipe of mine so I was able to easily share on the spot. So here it is!!
Makes 24 cookies
*TIP: My favorite way to make sweet potatoes is to peel, cut and steam for about 20-25 minutes until soft and then proceed to blend in the blender or food processor until nice and creamy. Proceed to use or store in the fridge or freezer for future recipes.
To plant based living!
Tonight for dessert we enjoyed Almond Raisin Pecan Cookies! The almonds create a buttery like texture. They include many treasured ingredients for a new favorite cookie! Better yet they are gluten-free, vegan, oil-free and refined-sugar free with only 105 calories per cookie. Who doesn't love a homemade warm cookie right out of the oven? Almonds, raisins, pecans and cinnamon are swirled together to create a cookie that begs to be enjoyed.
The cinnamon spice creates a warm feeling that fall is in the air. The dates bring memories of our summer harvest and sweeten the cookies. The mashed bananas are just the right oil replacement. Plump raisins and golden pecans are folded in for a delicious one of a kind cookie.
This recipe was modified for an oil-free - syrup-free batch from Curius CaveManda's recipe! With out her genius base, these cookies would not exist. Thank you CaveManda!
Update 2015 - We had the nicest act of kindness from the manager where we live. Gerald suggested cookies! We gave him a couple as we were leaving to say thank you and let him know they were free of oil, refined sugar and dairy. When we returned he said he could hardly believe it. "The most delicious treat yet no oil or sugar? How could this be?" This recipe is an older one but still stands tall!
Fall is sneaking upon us and summer is slowly slipping away. With the temperature here you wouldn't know it but it's true. :'( Snivel. I am so in love with summer. I think that is why I love the desert, the beach, and all things sunny.
I can't deny nature...the leaves are changing colors and falling, school supplies are in full stock and school is in session!That means busier parents, off to busy days at work and after school activities. Even without kids life is really demanding! Having a high protein go-to snack can be the difference between a frown and a smile! I have just the treat for you and your kin.
Almond Butter Cookies! How about an after school snack with your favorite person. Who doesn't love warm cookies and cold milk?
Especially when it's vegan and gluten-free. Enjoy these for a treat at work, on the go or just because! I chose - the latter, just because!
I named off a number of treats and ideas I had for day 3 of Vegan MoFo: Vegan Month of Food and my husband picked Almond Butter Cookies with out any hesitation. We also consumed them with out any hesitation haha! Jerry put it best "They smell so good, I think that is half the fun of baking cookies." I agree babe! Warm delicious cookies straight from the oven, dipped in ice cold vanilla coconut milk and even enjoyed as a banana nice cream sandwich, because why not? :)
Last month or so I was craving a chick flick and chose an old favorite "You've Got Mail"
Now that fall is upon us I can't help but think of the scene...when the main character Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is writing Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and says "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."
The idea of a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils is kind of romantic in its own way. Maybe that is the artist and kid in me. This year I'll go for fresh baked cookies instead. :)
My husband had a radio show today and my quiet activity while he was on air was painting! I chose a fun painting inspired by Vegan Mofo!
OKAY let's get to cooking and eating! At under 120 calories a pop, have an extra, I did... ;)
To a happy and productive fall!
I hope you all had a bright and fabulous weekend and are enjoying your summer wherever you may be. This past week we decided to do some upgrades to our home. Sanding, painting, sealing, applying and so forth. In order to get us through the hard work I decided to make us a treat.
Homemade raw cookies with frosting! Not any cookies either. Pecan carrot cake cookies with a creamy limón frosting!
I dehydrated the cookies outside while we worked away inside. The smell of paint indoors and the smell of carrot cake and sweet spices outside. When they were done we could hardly wait for them to cool to apply the frosting so certainly helped ourselves to one or two. They were mouthwatering delicious! Sweet from the carrots and raisins with just the right amount of spice. Plus, a delight to know they are gluten free, raw and vegan! the next morning I frosted the cookies and we enjoyed one with our coffee. We placed them in the freezer, as we prefer most of our treats frozen, and hours later in the heat of the day enjoyed a nice cool cookie!
At the end of the week, our home looked completely different. Brand new and refreshing! The hard work paid off and the cookies got us through!
These cookies are great for guests, parties, your loved ones, or yourself! They are incredibly delicious, healthy and simple to make! The frosting is made from pecans so feel free to dab a little extra on top!
Pecan Carrot "Cake" Cookies:
Creamy Limón Frosting:
Wishing you a great new week!
Adapted from Healthy Blender Recipes!
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