Okay I hope I didn't scare you with my title.
Let me explain myself.
I'm doing something "fun" this month, I'm going to be baking all vegan recipes for the next 4 weeks. I put fun in quotation marks just then because obviously that's subjective. It's fun for me because I'm challenging myself to do something new. But it might not be fun for you because I normally make recipes that are full of butter and milk and more butter.
But don't panic okay? It's going to be over soon, and we'll get through this together. We're going to learn a lot. And eat a lot. I've already learned a few things.
This first thing I learned is that I panic when there's no butter around.
The second thing I've learned is that in order to compensate for the lack of butter in your vegan baking, you need to really make sure you punch up the flavor with other ingredients. That's why for this recipe I chose to use a sunflower seed butter. It's pretty awesome because it tastes just like sunflower seeds, earthy and salty. It gives a nice little kick to butter-less cookies. You can substitute any other kind of nut butter in these cookies though, so feel free to get creative.
The sunflower seed butter makes up the majority of these cookies, along with the maple syrup which give them a little sweetness. They've also got rice flour in them, which makes the cookies gluten free, I think. Unless maple syrup has gluten in it. I don't know. That's not what I'm trying to accomplish here.
Look, I know it's the new year and we've all made goals about being healthier and improving ourselves. Maybe you made a resolution to lose some weight, or generally just be healthier. I'm trying to find and come up with recipes that fit into that mindset. You don't have to feel guilty about eating these cookies, because they've got wholesome ingredients and there's less than 100 calories in each one (see below for nutritional information). They'll satisfy your need for something sweet and they'll help you put off the eventual break of your diet, at least for a few more days.
They've got a familiar texture and they're delicious with or without being coated in coconut sugar. They're not the exact same as the chocolate chip cookies you're used too, but they're like a fun cousin of those cookies. Don't be scared of them, you'll like them. Just like you like your cousins.
Everybody likes their cousins, right?
Cookie recipe adapted from Hot For Food.