Here Comes Santa Claus
Santa is on his merry way, and he'll be looking for a tall glass of milk and a plate full of cookies when he comes down your chimney! I’m sharing with you a new, nutritious and delicious plant-based way to enjoy this timeless classic.
Not only are these chocolate chip cookies vegan, they're also oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free! And you guessed it—the milk is dairy-free, vegan, and full of healthy fats and proteins to keep you feeling your very best!
Santa’s Cookie-Baking Secret
Set aside a handful of chocolate chips to pop on top of your cookies after baking. Simply set your oven to Broil and place the cookie sheet back in the oven for about 30 seconds, and you’ve got the tastiest looking melted chocolate chip cookies on the block!
My New Favorite Kitchen Tool
I recently received an Almond Cow plant milk maker, and I haven’t gone back since! This appliance makes homemade, dairy-free milks so much easier and more effortless to whip up! No straining through a nut milk bag and struggling to clean it out, and it blends nuts, seeds, and dates so much better than my blender does!
Simply add your plant of choice + water + add-ins of your choice + press the button for instant homemade milk!
Almond Cow says it best: Milk made simple. No bells and whistles, just the perfect milk at the touch of a button!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Santa’s new favorite cookies are sure to please his palate and his waistline! These super soft and chewy treats contain only the purest ingredients—applesauce and almond butter replaces the need for oil, and ground flaxseeds eliminate the need for eggs. Coconut sugar is far less refined than white sugar, and gluten-free oat flour is much more gut-friendly! Even the antioxidant-rich, dark chocolate chips are an upgrade!
vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, ooey, gooey, soft + chewy!
time: 20min // servings: 24
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup almond butter
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring or extract
1.5 cups oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips or carob chips
Preheat oven to 350ºF and line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment.
Combine applesauce, almond butter, coconut sugar, and ground flax in large mixing bowl. After mixed well, stir in vanilla flavoring.
Add oat flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips, saving a small amount to place directly on top of cookies.
Place 1.5 tablespoon-size dough balls on baking sheets about 2 inches apart, and lightly press to flatten a bit. Pop in oven for 8-10 minutes (less time for softer cookies—I did 8 minutes for super chewy, gooey cookies)!
Remove cookies from oven and let set on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack or plate.
Dairy-Free Hemp Milk
Almonds aren’t the only dairy-free milk-maker on the block. Hemp seeds are a fantastic alternative for those who suffer from nut allergies, and are also rich in healthy, ALA fatty acids. On top of that, hemp is a complete protein. This tiny seeds pack a powerful punch and a slightly “nutty” flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of dates and the aroma of vanilla bean!
vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, rich + frothy!
time: 5min // servings: 6
1 cup hemp seeds
4-5 cups water
3 large or 6 small pitted dates (soaked in water first, if dry)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring or extract
dash of salt
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour through nut milk bag over large bowl, to eliminate any debris.
Place hemp seeds, dates, and salt in Almond Cow container and secure.
Fill pitcher with water to minimum fill line. Add vanilla flavoring to water, place lid on top, and press button to blend.
Pour into glass jar, seal, and refrigerate. Use within 3 days.
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Merry + Bright
From our hearts to yours, Dusty and I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Bright New Year! We can’t wait to introduce Baby S to all of you as we embark on this new chapter in our journey!