Dana Slatkin

Farmgirl Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Pat Illing

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, something that soothes after a long day or helps ease you into the night ahead. Mine is – er, was a certain diet soda with a “cherry” flavor and just enough caffeine to occasionally recharge my battery.

But the other night, after seeing a screening of Fed Up, Laurie David’s and Katie Couric’s sobering documentary about our deadly national diet, I 86’d soda from my life for good.

I was so moved by the film, I went on a pantry rampage as well, tossing every box of processed food that had found its way onto my shelves. The next day, three ravenous kids came wandering into the pantry looking for snacks.

Gone were the breakfast cereals, power bars and chips they usually grabbed before attempting homework. Luckily, I had just taught a cooking class for thirty and had a big platter of these left over.

I never thought I would be that mom who has cookies and milk waiting for the kids when they come home from school. In fact, I had stopped making cookies at home because they were just too hard to resist, and frankly, I’d never met a “healthy” cookie that was worth eating.

But leave it to my teenage daughter, who loves to tinker in the kitchen. Ever since she concocted her first recipe before she could walk, she loves to help me with dinner and even makes her own beauty products (I promise to post her miraculous deodorant recipe soon).

This was the result of one of her experiments, a healthful cookie dough that could be nibbled raw and kept in her school locker to share with friends. The batter was so scrumptious, I decided to bake it into cookies. But since it contained no eggs, I ended up with a giant tray-shaped pancake.

A well- known vegan substitute did the trick. Turns out that chia seeds (or flaxseed) soaked in water for a few minutes work like eggs to add structure and a tender crumb to baked goods. With just a teaspoon of natural sugar per cookie and some quality fuel to boost your energy, these cookies earn their keep as a new household snack…along with a tall glass of milk, of course.

Go ahead, call me a soccer mom…it’s my not-so-guilty pleasure.


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  1. JC says:

    Delicious vegan food is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here’s a video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Join the revolution! http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

  2. Charlene Sax says:

    Those COOKIES!!! Amazing and so delicious and even the dough was
    wonderful before you baked them at your fun and informative class last
    week! I can’t wait to make them at our house. Thank you!!! Love your
    sweet story.

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