Easy Vegan “Thin Mints”

Ah Girl Scout cookie season! Though many of those delicious little buggers are indeed vegan, they increase in price every year. If you want a cheaper and more accessible alternative, look no further than this easy peasy recipe!


There are no specific measurements because it’s just about throwing ingredients together, it’s super simple.

Ingredients

  • Vegan chocolate chips (or bar form is fine, just cut the bar smaller)
  • Few drops of Peppermint extract
  • Round crackers (we love Ritz)
  • Optional: coconut oil

Directions

  • Melt the chocolate chips with a double boiler method, I like adding coconut oil to make the process easier but it is not required. Stir frequently until no lumps are left.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set your crackers in place
  • When the chocolate is ready, remove it from the heat and add as much peppermint extract as you please. There’s no right or wrong amount.
  • Coat each cracker in the chocolate mixture and place back on the parchment lined tray.
  • Put the delicious ‘cookies’ into the fridge to harden and you’ve got yourself some thin mints!

Cookies More Cookies

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Yes, I know, I really need to post something besides cookie recipes. But, until I do that, here is another one. They have some decently healthy ingredients, even.

Cran-Choco-Coco-Butter Cookies

Ingredients
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup soymilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegan protein powder
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups quick oats
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coconut shreds

Mix wet ingredients and sugar – 1-5. Mix dry ingredients – 6-9. Combine and fold in extras – 10-13.

Bake at 350* for 15 minutes. Check. When tops begin to crack and edges of bottom are slightly brown, remove from open and allow to cool on cookie sheet.

Dawes Cookies – Vegan Recipe

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My son named these cookies, because they have a little bit of everything (for the Dawes fans).
I’ve been on a cookie tear, trying to come up with recipes that are delicious, but healthy enough that I can grab one for breakfast – when I don’t usually want to eat – and not feel bad about it. These fit that bill.

Ingredients

2 tsp vanilla flavoring
3 mashed overripe bananas
2 T tahini or peanut butter
3 T almond or soy milk
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (can sub with gluten free all purpose)
1 ½ cups oats (either quick or regular, can use gluten free oats)
½ cup vanilla vegan protein powder (I used PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean)
⅔ cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
⅔ cup shredded coconut
⅔ cup vegan chocolate chips
⅔ cup raisins
⅔ cup dried cranberries
⅔ cup pecans

Process

Mix first 4 ingredients until smooth. In a separate container mix all dried ingredients thoroughly. Combine. If it seems too dry, add additional soy or almond milk very gradually. If it seems too wet, add additional oats or flour very gradually.

Spoon by large dollops onto a baking pan or stone and flatten slightly (they will not really rise or spread much).

Bake for 13 minutes and check. Bake additionally as needed until bottoms are lightly browned.

Allow to cool and enjoy. I like to store cookies like this in the refrigerator, so that I don’t need to worry about dampness from the condensation.

Makes 24 cookies.

Nutrition per cookie (approximate)
125 calories
1.5 grams fat
18 grams carbohydrates
10 grams sugar
4 grams protein
2 grams fiber

Photography by Ms. TheVeganAsana Jr. II.