Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies

After cutting out a good 99% of dairy from my diet, I managed to make myself lactose intolerant.

These delicious cookies are not just free from dairy, they’re free from all animal ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚

You’ll need…

  • 225 grams of dairy-free margarine at room temperature (1 cup)
  • 280 grams sugar (1.25 cups)
    • Fair-Trade if you can ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • Molasses is sometimes hard to find in supermarkets. Try somewhere like Holland and Barrett or your local health food store.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 280 grams all-purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of teaspoon salt (I don’t use any at all)
  • 100 grams of Dark chocolate chips (1.5 cups)

I have tried to quote products available in the UK, but you can find most of these ingredients in your local supermarket or health food store.

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 F)
  2. Cream together margarine and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add molasses and vanilla
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Put on an ungreased baking tray, in teaspoon fulls, 5cm apart. (2 inches)
  7. Bake for 8-10 mins รขโ‚ฌโ€œ until slightly browned. Don’t leave them longer – they might not look ready after 10 minutes, but they are, trust me!
  8. Leave to stand for a minute and slide them off onto a cooling rack before running your next batch.
  9. Have a sneaky one while you’re waiting for the rest to cook, then share and enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Good news for chickens

Chicken Photo by hddod

Thanks to a high profile campaign by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver, the British public are buying less intensively-farmed chicken:

A new RSPCA poll shows the recent campaign on the plight of meat chickens reared in the UK each year รขโ‚ฌโ€œ highlighted in programmes presented by Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – has changed people’s buying habits.

The poll shows an amazing 73 per cent of consumers said that since recently discovering standard chickens were farmed in poor conditions they now buy chickens that have had a better life.

My vegan sister may have helped me over to the dark side( ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but I’m still very pleased that the public is becoming more aware of where their meat comes from and how it lived. Much kudos to the RSPCA, Hugh, and Jamie!

Mmmm…

I just finished off a bowl of Gujarati Red Dal with Riata Soup, from Eat in Cambridge. Eat do some very, very nice freshly made soups, but I’d say this one is probably the nicest soup I’ve ever had.

Delicious ๐Ÿ™‚