It's hard to bake without using eggs and butter. There are a lot of recipes out there that suggest using bananas, apple sauce, baby food, or even steamed carrots as substitutes, but the resulting product usually tastes a little off. And I can tell how my kids feel about the results as they will eat the first one I give them to try, but decline seconds. The following recipe, however, is one exception to this rule.
I found this recipe at Post Punk Kitchen and it is to die for. I modified it a little bit to avoid the use of so much refined sugar, but it still tastes so much like a "real" chocolate chip cookie and my kids can't get enough of them. I'm not going to lie to you. I wouldn't call this health food, but it's animal free and it's a great snack to send to school when your kids need to provide a treat for the classroom, for a church activity or just as an after-school indulgence. Here's the recipe...
1 cup agave nectar
1/2 white sugar
1 1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
2 tablespoon corn starch
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large light metal baking sheets.
Step 2: Combine agave nectar, sugar, oil, almond milk, and corn starch in a medium-sized bowl with a mixer for two minutes. Don't get lazy and skip this step. It's important to keep combining with the mixer until it looks like a caramel syrup. If you don't, your results will be an oily, spread-out mess.
Step 3: Mix in vanilla.
Step 4: Add in flour, baking soda, and salt and combine until mixed thoroughly.
Step 5: Fold in chocolate chips.
Step 6: Spoon 1-inch balls onto baking sheets and bake for 6 to 9 minutes, or until the edges are just barely lightly browned.
Now here is the way I served this recipe at my lady luncheon today. I made the dough. I asked my friends if they would prefer the dough baked into cookies or just raw. They all voted for raw, so I got one of my prettiest bowls, spooned most of the dough into the bowl, stuck four spoons in it and set it on the table for all to enjoy....
Do with it what you will....
(Here is the baked result, if you get that far....)
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