What makes this recipe better than a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe? The goal is to create a healthier version of a favorite cookie retaining the great taste. I feel better serving this cookie occasionally to my family who choose to eat vegan — they enjoy them, and I rest easier about the small amount of sugar in them.
Melt vegan butter in a medium saucepan, then remove from heat, whisking in maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl whisk flour, soda, cinnamon, salt, and ground flax seed. Stir in water and the sugar mixture, mixing with a rubber spatula.
Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans, mixing moderately to combine.
With your hands press the dough into an 8 inch spring form or a lightly greased 8 inch cake pan with a parchment round paper inserted on the bottom, or make 12 individual cookies and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350°F. for 16 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Watch carefully and do not let burn. Remove from the oven, slide a knife around the edges of the springform pan to loosen and let pan cool for 10 minutes on a rack.
Cut into triangles or bars. Serve warm because I know you can’t wait!
What makes this recipe better than a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe? The goal is to create a healthier version of a favorite cookie retaining the great taste. I feel better serving this cookie occasionally to my family who choose to eat vegan — they enjoy them, and I rest easier about the small amount of sugar in them. Maple Syrup has higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals and has a lower glycemic index score than white table sugar. Spelt Flour is higher in protein and nutrients than wheat flour and has less calories. It’s nutty and complex flavor is lighter than wheat. Many folks who are sensitive to gluten can tolerate spelt better than nutritionally stripped white flours. Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour If you have a difficult time with the texture of whole wheat flour, try a white whole wheat which is milled from hard white winter wheat – a lighter-colored grain than traditional red wheat. It yields a milder-tasting cookie with a great nutritional profile much like whole wheat. Ground Flax seed has numerous health benefits. Just a few: Flax seeds add terrific fiber, which can lower cholesterol but is low in carbohydrates, are high in anti-oxidants, and are wonderful for fostering good digestive health. Pecans We all need healthy fat sources, and tree nuts are the type of fat that really matters. Pecans, like other nuts, are a natural anti-oxidant and have been proven to help fight cancer.