There is a not-so-secret ingredient in all my baked goods that are the key to making them yummy. Making a vegan cookie or cupcake is actually quite easy. But making a yummy vegan cookie that your friends keep asking for more is my talent. And the secret ingredient is…….Coconut Oil.
Why coconut oil?
Well, first because it tastes good. But interestingly. it is also good for you. Here is a list of why it is good for you and good to bake with.
- Promotes weight loss
- Protects against heart disease, cancer and diabetes
- Supports thyroid health
- Is an excellent antioxidant
- Boosts energy
- Heat stable (unlike most plant oils, coconut oil does not form trans-fatty acids at higher temperatures)
Many people talk about the benefits of plant oils. I thought I was being healthy by cooking with olive oil or baking with canola oil once upon a time. It turns out those oils turn to trans-fatty acids when exposed to high temperatures. So when you sautee your vegetables in olive oil that you think is helping you stay healthy and giving you the “good fats” you are actually contributing to the waist line. Another reason why raw is great: Raw olive oil is good for you, but heat it up and you might as well be eating bacon. Same is true when baking with canola oil. That’s why I stick to the coconut oil.
- 1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot
- 1/4 cup rice milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups organic white flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- Preheat over to 350 degrees.
- If the coconut oil is solid put it in the oven while preheating to get it to a liquid state.
- Spread coconut oil on the pan to keep cookies from sticking.
- Mix sugar and oil in mixer to help them combine. A chemical reaction needs to occur between the oil and sugar.
- Mix in arrowroot and milk and mix rigorously.
- Mix in the vanilla.
- Mix in half of the flour and all of the baking soda and salt.
- Mix in the rest of the flour.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and dried cherries.
- To get cookies to form into nice round discs it helps to put the dough in the freezer for a couple minutes before putting it in the pan.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and shape into round discs. Place 2 inches apart on pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes.