Last night, after a yummy vegan-friendly meal at a friend's house, I had to turn down dessert. And it's not because I'm counting calories. My friend Emma trotted out a strawberry shortcake she had baked for the occasion (I scooped up some strawberries to snack on), and my friend Vince produced a Hershey's "paradise pie," which I know to be insanely delicious. A week ago, I would have happily served myself a slice of each. But last night, as I watched everyone else indulging in the deliciousness of dessert, I thought to myself, "Aha! This is why vegans are so skinny."
Well, not me.
I have been sick for a couple of days, so I did not go to campus today. In addition to sleeping and getting work done, I decided to try my hand at baking. Since I never bake, I had to make a trip to the Isla Vista Coop for vegan ingredients (I seriously never bake, so I didn't even have any of the basics like flour or baking powder). I also picked up some powdered sugar to roll my strawberries around in for extra calories (if I'm going to avoid being a skinny vegan, I need to calorie-up my fruit, obviously).
After Googling around for vegan cookie recipes, I chose this one: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
I chose it mainly because of the silly ladies in the video that plays automatically when you click the link. I imagine their names would be Pat (for the blond one) and Jill (for the frumpy brunette). Basically, the video is a big advertisement for the butter substitute Earth Balance. I am too poor to shop at Whole Foods, and I had just seen a pretty convincing commercial on Hulu starring Kim Cattrall for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, so I went with that. Pat and Jill say to use ENER-G Egg Replacer, but I used my roommate Emily's wholeground flaxseed meal. It says on the package that one teaspoon of flaxseed + three teaspoons of water = one egg. Emily was kind enough to point out to me that this substitution would only work in baking situations, not, for instance, for scrambled or sunny-side up eggs. Thanks, Emily.
Then I followed Pat and Jill's directions to bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes (I went with 10 because my oven is ghetto and weak) and cooled them for a couple of minutes. And hooray! They are delicious-looking and kind of delicious-tasting, too. They are a bit more cake-textured than regular-people cookies. Now I have a lot of cookies, so if you live nearby and want to try one, come on over.