I have had time to calm down about my lipid levels. After two days of being a strict vegan, eating no sugary products (cookies) and drinking no alcohol, I have honestly looked at the last couple months and my eating patterns. And I have to be honest with myself. Yes over those months I have been getting back to being a vegan or veganish (a vegan who eats fish!) and yes I have avoided dairy most of the time. But when we go out to eat I will often have a veggie wrap – it has cheese , or a salad-it has feta, sometimes parmasean, or cavitelli -made with ricotta -so there have been many times when the healthy vegetarian option I am eating has fat in it. We stopped eating at Dinette, my Hubbie’s fav restaurant, because there was nothing I could eat there when I was being strictly veganish. I once ordered one of their pizzas without cheese…oh my…cardboard. So in the past couple of months we’ve gone back there and I’ve eaten the pizza with cheese, but only a little, HA! What was going on?
I was entitled. I have breast cancer and made it through chemo, surgery and radiation and — well, I deserve to eat some stuff. I maintained my weight, was feeling great, so my cheating, if we can even call it that, was not only justified but helping me get back to a normal life. My chocolate cookies may also have had a bit to do with my LDL and cholesterol increase.
In the last two months I have perfected my vegan chocolate chocolate cookies (my son has named them “the cookie from heaven”). And to be honest, I have eaten at least one every day for probably a month straight, some days more. One must taste test in order to ensure the product is worthy! Even though vegan, there is sugar and a small amount of fat, but small amounts add up. And sugar is one of the culprits that will increase LDL.
But how could I resist these cookies, part brownie part cookie and vegan ?
Or these my son made?
Here is the recipe in case you’d like to try them:
Triple C-Chocolate Chocolate Cookies
or The Cookie from Heaven
In bowl of mixer Cream until fluffy
6 T room temp vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
scant 1/2 cup white sugar
scant 1/2 cup brown sugar (scant just means don’t fill to top)
Add to bowl and blend:
4 T applesauce
In microwave melt:
1/2 cup dark chocolate (I use El Rey 70+%)
Add 1/4 cup good cocoa powder and mix directly into melted chocolate
Add chocolate mixture to bowl and blend well.
Add to bowl:
1 cup minus 1 T APF (all purpose flour) If dough to stiff, remove another T next time.
1/4 tsp baking soda
Blend and add 1 cup chocolate chips/chunks or bits.
Scoop a walnut sized ball for 2″ cookies. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.
You want these cookies to be set but still soft in the center so depending on your oven it can take anywhere from 8-12 minutes. This makes about 15 3″ cookies or 24 2″ cookies.
I have added extra white chocolate chips to the batter, also walnuts. I love nuts and walnuts are so healthy and have good fat and not in a chocolate cookies would be even healthier LOL! The cookies are very delicate when hot out of the oven but once they set they are between cookie and brownie. They freeze well and taste yummy frozen too! So to be brutally honest, I know why my cholesterol and LDL levels went up, but I sure enjoyed all those cookies along the way! Now, moderation.