Vegan Chocolate-Brazil Nut Cookies

10 Aug

I know you’re asking why brazil nuts. Why don’t people use brazil nuts in baking? Why don’t many people eat brazil nuts? I happen to like brazil nuts and I’m sick of them being discriminated against. Is it because they’re large? Do they taste too nutty and delicious for you? Is it because they’re ridiculously high in fat? Brazil nuts have feelings too. On the inside, they’re sweet, and full of things like calcium, selenium, potassium, and protein and they want to be chosen for consumption once, twice or even thrice a week like all the other nuts out there.

What, now you’re judging these cookies because of the fact that they’re vegan? Just because they don’t have butter or eggs in them, doesn’t mean they can’t deliver large amounts of yum. Why don’t you just look past their weird, chubby exterior, and take a bite? What’s that? You just died? Are you in heaven? That’s what I thought.

Maybe you should have more faith next time, and support those who have a bad reputation for no reason at all.

Why do I like baking vegan treats? I’ll tell you why. I crave cookies on a regular basis. I do not, however, leave butter out at room temperature in advance. I do not always enjoy digging for my hand beater. I do not like having to worry about getting sick off of raw eggs when I consume large amounts of cookie dough. Vegan treats never cause me any grief. Straight up, healthier for you ingredients. Yummy outcomes. It’s a win win baking situation. I like winning.

Simple processes are my favourite.

Mix dry ingredients together, then mix wet ingredients together. Combine the two along with some chocolate chips and brazil nuts.

Oh, I do suggest using your hands to mix the dough. You shouldn’t overmix it. Get your damn hands in there! The more hands, the more love.

Chill the dough for an hour. You can chill too if you want. If you do that sort of thing.

Make balls, then roll in sugar crystals.

Press these down with the palm of your hand, because they don’t really spread too much. Umm, shutup. Take those judgy pants off. They’re going to be amazing.

Bake, then let cool on the sheet before enjoying. They’re good warm. They’re good cold. They’re just really good!

Adapted from Joy the Baker

Vegan Chocolate-Brazil Nut Cookies

2 1/2 cups light spelt flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup organic cane sugar

2 tablespoons flax seed meal

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup coconut oil (or any kind of oil, really)

1/2 cup brazil nuts, chopped

1/2 cup chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a small bowl, carefully whisk together sugar, flax seed meal, applesauce, oil and vanilla extract.

Pour the wet ingredients, all at once, into the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate and brazil nuts and stir together with a spatula. The dough will be fairly thick. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are just moistened. You can even use your hands if necessary, but try not to knead and overwork the dough.

Form into a disk, wrap, and refrigerate for one hour (or overnight).

Once chilled, scoop dough by the tablespoonful into balls. Roll in granulated sugar, place on prepared cookie sheets, and press them down, just slightly with the heel of your hand. These cookies won’t spread much.

Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Cookies should still be slightly soft in the middle. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will keep, in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 5 days.


2 Responses to “Vegan Chocolate-Brazil Nut Cookies”

  1. Clayton August 11, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I had to drop one star off the rating. sorry. although that looks like a mighty fine cookie, i am not sure about the vegan part. i understand that you dont always have room temp butter. i know. i just think that you should always be prepared. I would like to eat these. More than you know. I almost licked my computer screen. If givien the chance to try them (hint) I have no doubt that I am going to love them. What the heck. I can always follow them witha bacon chaser. Vegan no more.

    Butter Rules!


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