Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vegan Lactation Cookies 2

I have a new mini-vegan so it's time for a new lactation cookie recipe. This was based on a recipe that used large amounts of sugar, butter, and eggs. I decided on a healthier approach than just substituting vegan versions and came up with this recipe, which contains no oils or refined sugars except in the chocolate chips.

Lactation Cookies 2

1/2 cup applesauce
1 very ripe banana
1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
3/4-1 cup dates
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 cup ground flax
3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
3 Tbsp brewer's yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Combine wet ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Drop ping-pong ball sized portions of dough onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly (the dough will not spread when cooked). Bake for 12 minutes.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

Variations: substitute raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dried fruit for the chocolate chips. Other nuts or seeds can be used instead of sliced almonds.