When we wanted to make some snacks to bring on a recent trip it was a good excuse to check off two more books from our 52 cookbooks list. There are many great recipes in both of these books (and many great cookie recipes in other books) but the Coconut-Lime Cookies from Vive le Vegan! and Big Gigantoid Crunchy Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance are the cookies we make most often. The peanut butter-oatmeal cookies are filling and substantial while the coconut-lime cookies are lighter and we just love the flavor combination. You can’t go wrong with either one and especially not with both!
Time to add some more sweet treats to our 52 cookbooks list. First – Better Banana Nut Muffins from My Sweet Vegan. There are most certainly more interesting and decadent recipes in this book (Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombs anyone?) but this is the first recipe in the book and we had some overripe bananas so I went with it.
Next up is what has become my go-to cookie recipe – Wholesome Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. There are definitely more impressive recipes in this book too but the kids love chocolate chip cookies and these are made with 100% white whole wheat flour. I cut way back on the sugar too because honestly, the amount of sugar in the recipe isn’t so wholesome. The kids still love ’em though and I’m sure they’d eat an entire batch if I let them (I don’t).
‘Tis the season. We’ve actually never made a gingerbread house before but Darlene thought it would be a fun activity for the 5-year-old. She happened upon some gingerbread house kits in a store but most of them weren’t vegan. There was one that appeared to be vegan but it had a list of ingredients a mile long, including all manner of preservatives and artificial flavors. So she smartly put that box down and ran the other direction. All the way home. Where she promptly found a simple gingerbread house pattern on-line and set to work making the frame using the Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies recipe in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. These were baked a couple minutes longer to ensure they were sturdy enough to build a house from.
She and the 5-year-old then set to work building and decorating the house. The “glue” was a vegan royal icing recipe that she modified slightly (mainly using brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup). The result was a one-of-a-kind creation that’s not chock-full of chemicals.
And yeah, it tastes pretty good too. Nibble, nibble like a mouse. Who’s that nibbling on my house?