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Vegan Chocolate Halloween Cookies

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When choosing what yummy treat to eat for Halloween it is always best to go home made. Home made treats can be made with ingredients that nurture your body instead of destroy it. I know it seems like more work to make something than to just grab it off the shelf but it is so worth it in the long run. Or you could just become one of my lucky friends who gets spoiled by my healthy treats. I often bring something fresh baked when I meet up with my friends to share the goodness.

Store bought cookies are often made with chemicals to preserve the food on the shelf and to lower costs of the food. I hope by now most of you have heard of partially hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup. These ingredients are cheaper versions of regular oil and sugar. These ingredients are a much greater cause of the obesity epidemic than just plain sugar and butter. Just think: in the 1950’s people were eating sugar and fat and they managed to stay a more moderate size. Nowadays, people are getting bigger and bigger eating some of the same things (they think). But, almost any cracker or cookie on the shelves these days has partially hydrogenated oil and/or high fructose corn syrup. The problem is that our bodies do not even recognize these ingredients as food, so they do not get processed and turned into energy like regular oil or sugar. It all just gets converted immediately into fat or just stored in the fat cells as toxins.

The good thing about the cookies I made is that they are made with coconut oil, evaporated cane sugar, organic flour, Himalayan salt and organic vegan cocoa. All of these ingredients are recognized as food and converted into energy. Plus, these ingredients actually have health benefits. For instance, Himalayan salt has actually been seen to lower blood pressure. And, coconut oil has been shown to help stimulate thyroid activity. It’s great when you make foods at home you get to be in control of what goes in your body. Plus, being that these cookies have no animal products, you get to have a clean conscious knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of these cookies.

Here is the recipe…..

Ingredients:

  1. 2/3 cup evaporated cane sugar
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted to liquid)
  3. 1/4 cup rice milk (or almond milk)
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  7. 1 tablespoon potato starch (or cornstarch)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Smear coconut oil on two cookie sheets and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, vigorously mix the sugar, oil, and rice milk. Mix in vanilla extract.

3. Add flour, cocoa powder, potato starch. baking powder and salt. Mix until well combined.

4. Lightly flour a big cutting board then roll dough out onto board to about 1/8 inch thick. Use your favorite Halloween cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Use a spatula to transfer cookies onto oiled cookie sheets. Roll up the remaining scraps into a ball and start over rolling and cutting until all the cookie dough is cut into shapes.

5. Bake for 7 minutes. Let cookies cool on bake sheets for 2 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.

6. Enjoy!

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