After a very wet trip to Kāpiti island today it was onto baking up a storm for week two of my Infant Massage course and enjoy the warmth of the oven as soon as we got back. I traditionally make chocolate chip cookies for our morning tea kai this week, if there are no allergies in the group that is. However as the first batch came out of the oven and herself (the official tester of all things non-vegan) had a taste we realised that I had used dark chocolate that was a bit too dark; that is too bitter for the sweet cookies I was aiming for.
So …… I thought I would make a batch of another delicious chocolate chip cookies we have the recipe for and best of all himself and I could give them the taste test! I found this little gem of a recipe thanks to Jordan Rondel and her post in a magazine within the NZ Herald. I have only changed a few things from the original recipe due to my usual reasons; lack of ingredients, buslife, ease of baking and most importantly …… pleasing all the different eating styles on this here bus. 🙂
Aside from pre-steaming of the pumpkin for mashing, then allowing it to cool, this is a really quick and easy recipe. Those of you with pumpkin puree on your supermarket shelves may have an even quicker time of it 🙂 With himself being refined sugar free most of the time I also replaced the regular dark chocolate with some sugar free chocolate that we can get easily. It doesn’t really change the taste and of course you can always put in your favourite kind. One of the things I really love about this recipe though is the fact that you can eat it raw or cooked. Hope it becomes one of your healthy (well mostly healthy) favourites too.
Vegan style chocolate chip cookies
- 110gm of mashed pumpkin (I just steam some then mash)
- 250gm ground almonds
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 75 gm maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 80 gm broken up dark chocolate (I use Well Naturally so that himself can eat it)
-Mash the pumpkin and allow it to cool fully.
-Mix in all other ingredients except the chocolate.
-Add chocolate bits and mix well.
-Roll into small balls and place on a baking tray then flatten slightly with a fork (you may need to dip the fork in some GF flour to stop the sticking.
-Bake for 10-15 mins or until golden at 160C
Hope this find you warm and dry, enjoying the little comforts of life.