Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Well, so much for the sweet tooth being under control! Yesterday, the cravings were back with a vengeance. I'm thinking it has to do with the fact that I was working yesterday and feeling a little like a kid who has to go to school when everyone else gets a snow day.
Regardless, my sweet tooth needed a little something after a very delicious vegan quesillada from my new cookbook, Vegan Express. So, I played with a recipe from Recipes for a Small Planet and came up with this healthier version of no bake cookies. They are very, very good especially if you like sesame. I normally make a peanut butter "cookie" recipe from this book which are also delicious, but I am nearly out of PB (horrors!).
Here's the modified version of the recipe for anyone who wants to try it:
Healthy No Bake Cookies
Cream together 1/4 cup of tahini (sesame seed butter) and 1/4 cup of soy margarine (or butter). Blend in 1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup of ground sesame seeds
1/2 cup of ground oatmeal (I did just till flaky and put all three together in my blender)
Next, add 1/3 cup of dry soy milk (I used Better Than Milk) or dry milk
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of raisins
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
Stir it all together until the batter is nice and sticky. Roll into balls about an inch in diameter and chill on a cookie sheet. My batch made about 20 (but I did eat a little of the dough while taste testing!).


Faith said...

Yummy - those look delish! Will have to give them a try!

ChicChick said...

Let me know when you do so I can stop over for a free sample! :)

TradLassie said...

These are SO good!! Wanted a healthy sweet yesterday so whipped some up (only subbed pb for the tahini since I was out.) The only problem was they weren't chocolate so when I got down to about half the batch I threw in maybe 1/4 c. cocoa and a handful of vegan chips. Oh. My. Goodness. Even better!! I figured out the WW points today for fun b/c I was pretty sure they were out of this world calorie heavy and they were. Am going to see if I can figure out some subs that will keep the flavor and lose some of the fat. If I'm successful I'll try to remember to report. Until then, this is every bit as good as fudge!!!

ChicChick said...

Cool--let me know if you find an even healthier, healthy no bake cookie recipe! I wonder if substituting dates or some other sticky fruit would be a good alternative?