Sooo.. this isn’t exactly a recipe that I adapted into a Vegan version, but they are delicious none the less!
My boyfriend, John, was diagnosed as diabetic last year, and he has been quite unhappy with all of the new medical bills that came with it ever since. We have a couple of friends who told us about the Engine 2 diet and instructed us to check out the Forks Over Knives
documentary. John doesn’t like anything requiring much muss or fuss, but I watched the documentary, and I began eating a plant-based diet right away. I convinced him to follow the E2 28 day challenge (found on their website: Here) so that we could test if it would indeed lower his blood sugar. In result of this I hadn’t been too awfully adventurous in my cooking. I simply followed the meal plan, and I didn’t deviate from it in order for his blood sugar readings to be the most accurate. The good news is that his blood sugar levels have dropped by 60 points! He is quite the busy guy, and it’s tough to exercise much. We recently got him a new pair of running shoes, and we’re convinced that with this new style of eating combined with exercise will keep his blood sugar in check 🙂
Anyways, the point of this little story was to explain why this new blog has been so action-less since the holidays. This 28-day challenge is winding down, and I have a ton of ideas rattling around in my head for recipes I want to “veganize”.
These cookies are the first recipe in a long time that I played around with. There is actually a vegan bakery relatively close to where we live, but the owner isn’t all that friendly and that makes it tough for me to want to continue shopping there. I love supporting local businesses, but not so much when they act like a snot =/ Well, went off topic again, but the inspiration for these cookies was this local vegan bakery. Even when I wasn’t eating a vegan diet I loved the “Cowboy Cookies” that this bakery offered. The bakery is located right next to my old orthodontist’s office, and I would get a few every month! As the years went on, the owner became more entitled, preachy, and a lot less friendly and this seemed like the perfect time to create my own. I’ve finally done it, and here is the recipe for anyone else to enjoy!
Vegan Cowboy Cookies
Adapted from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar”
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or any other non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups oat flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup dry sweetener (I used coconut sugar)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 – 1 cup oats (I used 1 cup)
1/4 cup chopped pecans (toasted)*
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup semi-sweet or any other non-dairy chocolate chips (I used the mini Enjoy Life brand)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1.) Combine the almond butter, applesauce, and sugar until combined. Then toss in the vanilla, almond milk, and flax meal.
2.) Add the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt then mix. Once combined add the whole-wheat pastry flour and mix until combined.
3.) Add the oats, chocolate chips, toasted pecans, and coconut flakes.
4.) Once combined spoon cookies using a tablespoon or cookie scooper and place onto a foil/parchment/silpat covered cookie sheet. Press the tops of the cookies down just a smidge so that they resemble the shape of cookies. You could also roll the cookies into a ball then smoosh down into a puck-shape if you want them to appear more fancy. I made half of my batch using that method, but I liked the more rustic look of just throwing them down onto the sheet — it made them more rugged like a real cowboy!
5.) Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your cookies. If there are left overs just place them in an airtight container for a couple of days or even in the freezer for about a month. Good luck with that though.. mine never seem to last through the night!
*Note: To toast the pecans I placed them on a baking sheet for 8 minutes with the oven at 300 degrees.
I hope that someone out there finds this, and they get to enjoy these yummy morsels!