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Eggless Cookie Recipe
Making Cookies as Family Fun
Making cookies is especially fun with kids. It's a fun family project! My son used his creative side to make cookies into smiling faces. It's also a great opportunity to talk to your kids about the impact that our food choices have on this planet and other living beings that we share it with. This cookie recipe doesn't use eggs, but uses a much more healthy and compassionate substitute, flax seeds. When blended with water, ground flax make a gelatinous mixture similar to egg white, which makes a great egg substitute in some baking recipes.
Eggless Oatmeal Cookie Recipe with Chocolate Chips and Pecans
What you'll need
- 2 cups oats (use the quick cooking kind)
- 2 cups flour (use unbleached white flour or whole wheat flour, or combination of two)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup oil (your favorite vegetable oil or liquified coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk, such as soy, hemp, flax, coconut or other)
- 1 cup sugar (I like to use a combination of brown sugar and white sugar)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds (you'll need to grind them first, unless you buy a pre-ground variety)
- 1 cup nuts, such as walnuts, pecans or other, chopped
- up to one cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional)
- Optionally, for decoration, you may use additional nuts, raisins and chocolate chips
How to do it
- Preheat oven to 355F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl combine the first five dry ingredients.
- In another bowl, combine the liquid ingredients with sugar and flax. Pour over the flour mixture, add chocolate and nuts. It's important not to mix too much. The consistency should be thick and sticky.
- To make one cookie, use about 1/4 cup dough or a bit more if you want large cookies. Flatten gently and decorate.
- Bake at 355F for 12 to 25 minutes (depending on your oven and size of your cookies). You will see they are ready when edges start to brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool down on a rack.
- Makes about 24 cookies.
Making cookies with your kids
Making cookies is especially fun with kids. It's a fun family project! My son used his creative side to make cookies into smiling faces.
Use it as an opportunity to teach them about the impact that industrial animal farming has on the environment, and as a lesson in compassion towards the animals.
You may be wondering "why not use eggs" or "what's wrong with eggs". Perhaps you only use "organic, free-range" eggs in your cooking.
In case you are not aware, egg industry is extremely cruel. Did you know that all the male chicks - these cute little bundles of soft yellow feathers - are dumped to be ground alive or put into garbage bags to suffocate? That's right, male chick are not useful to the egg farmers, so they simply kill them - in a horrific way.
The life of female hens raised for eggs is no picnic either. Even those on organic or free range farms, suffer enormously their entire lives. They are treated like egg laying machines - until their bodies are so worn from all the egg laying and need to be killed.
Another thing I'd like to point out that according to United Nations Report released a few years ago industrial animal farming – from growing crops and raising livestock, through distribution, and waste removal – is responsible for approximately one-third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Shocking isn't it?
Raising animals for food is inherently cruel, and especially on the industrial farms - the conditions and treatment of animals is truly horrific. It's also one of the top contributors to the worst environmental problems around the planet at every level – from local to global.
The good news is humans are not required to consume these foods to be healthy. In fact, more and more doctors recommend a diet that is very close or completely vegan for optimum health and disease prevention.
Plus, you don't even have to sacrifice taste to make a difference in the world! Try these egg-less oatmeal chocolate cookies and see for yourself.