Hippie Cookies

 

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These cookies make a perfect snack. They’re sweet, vanilla-y and chocolate-y, crunchy, and delectable.

They’re also easy to eat in the car, which is nice when you’re going on a road trip like I did this past weekend! These cookies were a great snackie for when I was hungry on the road. I didn’t have school on Friday (woo0-hoo!), so my family and I packed our bags and drove about an hour to look at Michigan State University for college! They have a great food science program so I figured that it was a good place to start out the college search!!! I can’t believe that I am looking at colleges and will probably go to one of them in less than two years! We stayed the night at a hotel and continued our journey to the University of Michigan the next day. My family consists of strong Michigan fans, so they were excited to go. At both schools, we took a walking tour of campus, and at MSU we got to try out campus food. Both Michigan and MSU are great (in both the large and wonderful sense) schools and they both have vegan options in the cafeterias and surrounding towns which is a must! I’d probably be fine going to either. Who knows: maybe I’ll end up at one of them!

If you’re going on a road trip, or just snuggling up to the fire at home, these cookies would make a wonderful addition to your day. Try them out and let their sweet aroma warm your home! It’s snowing here so we need all the warmth we can get! Below is the recipe, which I’m extremely exuberant to share with you!

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by Ellie Haun, veganized from this recipe 

makes around 24 cookies

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dates
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • heaping 1/2 cup coconut
  • heaping 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • heaping 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 and 3/4 cups chocolate chips

Measure out 1 tablespoon flax seed meal and mix it with 3 tablespoons of water. Put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes so it can firm up. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, cream Earth Balance and brown sugar until smooth. Add flax egg and vanilla and beat well. Stir in dates and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to soften the dates. Then beat at high speed for 3 minutes or until light brown and creamy. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl, breaking up any lumps. Stir into creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in coconut, oats, granola, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Form cookies with a cookie scoop and put them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

 

Have a happy day!

xx Ellie

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