Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nutritious Cookies Take 2 (AKA Yum!)

For those of you who haven't been following, I am in hot pursuit of a recipe for nutritious cookies that I can feel good about feeding my family and still actually want to eat.  Last week's first attempt at making the Runner's Kitchen recipe for "Best vegan cookies. . .ever!" was kind of a debacle, mostly due to the disastrous choice to use 100% cacao in the hopes that the other sugar (which I felt was a bit high already) in the recipe would compensate.  Not so, as evidenced by the sad words of my 3-yr-old daughter, Siena: "Mommy, this chocolate tastes bad".  Epic fail.

Anyhow, this weekend I'm back on the saddle and Siena is ready for another tasting, brave little one that she is.  I chose to return to the same recipe, only this time with a few important changes:

  1. I used 85% cacao instead of the 100%.
  2. I was careful to chop the 1/2 chocolate bar into smaller pieces (about the size of a peanut) so that they could better blend with the other ingredients.
  3. I substituted agave nectar for a hefty portion of the sugar.  Instead of 3/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar, I used 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup agave nectar (which is the baking equivalent of 1/2 cup of sugar).  In addition to all of the benefits that come with using a lower glycemic sugar, the agave nectar also resulted in a much creamier batter that held together nicely and tasted almost exactly like regular cookie batter. . .a good sign!
Good News: I was nervous when I pulled them out of the oven because they were a bit soft and jiggly but once I let them set for a few, they hardened up into crunchy salty-sweet yumminess.  With ingredients like flax seed, whole wheat flour, hazelnuts, oats and Earth Balance, eating them was made all the more sweet because they actually pack a nutritional kick.  Score!  And, this time, they are kiddo approved.
Do you see the fear in her eyes?  Poor thing. 
Aw, I love this cookie for not making me want to wipe my tongue.
Bad News: Thanks to friends and the magic of the internet, I am now armed with a slew of nutritious cookie recipes that I can't resist trying, which means the adventure continues.  Brace yourself kiddo, mommy's going back in the kitchen. . .and this next time your cookies may just have chickpeas in them.

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