Oh..My..Gosh.. Excuse me while I invest my life savings on an extravagant party somewhere tropical and YOU ALL are invited. This happens to a lot of us, we write a somewhat “emotional” post and although it may be scary or we don’t know what to expect..the support and advice is UNREAL! The comments I received on my last post blew me away. Never did I expect such compassion, and love from the most amazing people I have never met. I wish I could personally hug each and everyone of you, but I cannot..so I hope the simple words of “thank you” will be enough to express my gratitude.
I read each and every comment twice and they each touched me whether they were one sentence or six paragraphs. Today I will be writing replies to every one of you. It’s safe to say that being in our 20′s can be a tough, but exciting time. Thank you again to all of you, for sharing your stories and words of wisdom. I tend to do irrational things when I am going through a tough time such as chopping my hair off, setting out on a ridiculous adventure, or baking something new. It just so happens that I have done all of these things within the past 2 weeks.
My hair wasn’t that long, but I got it chopped anyway. I still stayed in the safe zone, but one day I will chop it all off..Halle Berry style. I haven’t been running as much as I would like, yet I bit the bullet and signed up for a 10mile race next week. I hope I don’t die. Most importantly I took a stab at making my favorite chocolate chip cookies vegan. For a first attempt, I’d say they turned out well.
Big Fat Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups whole wheat flower
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce (and then some depending on texture)
- 1.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the melted coconut oil, brown sugar and raw sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, and applesauce until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted.
My favorite part about using applesauce was the chunks of apple through the cookie. This might sound like an odd combination of flavors, but it was delicious. I wanted cookies, and I just so happened to have fresh homemade applesauce to sub in for eggs. They texture was fluffy, almost like a muffin..but in a good way.
I’m off to attempt a long run in preparation for next week. Oy vey.
Q: Do you ever do spur of the moment things when you’re feeling “off?”