Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vegan Cookies! Yay!

A few weeks ago, I found out that I am (possibly) lactose intolerant. And I'm already a vegetarian. And eggs are pretty much the grossest thing ever. (Do you know what they are, people?) So...I guess I'm more or less a vegan by accident. Which is fine, since I'm pretty much forced into eating healthy, but what is there for vegans to eat? I'd always assumed a typical vegan diet consisted of a) fruit, b) vegetables, c) beans, and d) nuts. That wasn't exactly appealing to me. And although I'm certainly not a die-hard vegan (I eat little to no dairy or egg products), I had to get a little creative. Using my own--cough cough--baking expertise, vegan recipes, and good ol' common sense, I created the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted! I swear. They are better than regular ones. (Okay, so the chocolate chips had milk in them, but that's only because I didn't want to go to the store and get vegan chips.) case you were looking for a healthy, vegan, sinfully delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe, you came to the right place my friend! Here we go... Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup applesauce (Yes, applesauce! Trust me on this one. It's good) 1/3 cup olive (or other plant) oil 3/4 cup white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons corn starch (or other egg substitute) 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 tablespoon soy milk 2 cups vegan chocolate chips Directions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the flour and baking soda. In another bowl or electric mixer, beat applesauce and oil together until mixed well (it won't be perfect, but make it close). Add sugar and mix. Add the corn starch by tablespoon, mixing after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and soy milk. Finish by stirring in the flour mix and then the chocolate chips. Sample dough. (Of course that's a legitimate step. After all, there's no eggs, so what could it hurt?) If the olive oil seems to dominate the flavor, feel free to add a little more vanilla to even things out. (This will depend on what type of oil you buy--light or extra-virgin.) Drop tablespoons of heaven (oops, I meant cookie dough) onto baking sheets--assuming they've made it this far--and bake them for about nine minutes. Allow cookies to cool for a minute or two, then transfer them to a wire rack or plate (they will stick to the pan if you don't). Enjoy, and tell me what you think!

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Summer Epic

What I'm Listening to: Nothing at the moment, as I've forgotten my Pandora password... Dear followers, I have one thing to say: so sorry for letting my life get too ahead of itself. Yes, it's really been four months since I've last posted (and I am quite ashamed of myself). Instead of penning a dreary monologue about the summer you wish you had, I decided to write a poem...Enjoy! The Summer Epic School finally relinquished me, too tardy for my taste. I sat in for the ACT and took the test with haste. The very next day I boarded a plane, bound for Guatemala. There I met people that probably could rhyme with Guatemala. Cute kids and cute interns there I met and played with all day long. I chatted with the Spanish volunteers and learned a Spanish song. A few days after I returned, I left for Little Rock. Up a mountain called Pinnacle my friends and I took a walk. Kidnappings and mischief ensued, much to my delight. We forked the house of a friend of mine on a moonlit night. Finally, back to my house my friend and I did come. We watched movies, ate too much food, and had a lot of fun. Then I went to Oregon, where I volunteered. Weary but rewarding was my time (though I did not grow a beard). Now the summer draws to an end--I can't say I wish it'd tarry. For my friends are returning to school as well (and I really want a canary). Have an awesome school year, y'all!