Molasses Muesli Cookies

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Molasses Muesli cookies looking all healthy

For the last couple of weeks, I've been testing the vegan waters. In many ways, I am loving the increase in vegetables, lack of animal products, and the weight loss, too, but there are some drawbacks.

Sweets are one of them. When I had a sugar craving this afternoon, I searched around for recipes and ended up inventing my own based on a few that looked not too bad. These are exactly the sort of sweets that my mother mocked our vegetarian health-food fanatic neighbors for making. But now that I'm eschewing eggs, dairy and meat, I'm reduced to doing my best with these healthy ingredients.

The cookies turned out soft and chewy with a lightly oat-y texture. Mine have a slight overemphasis on the molasses flavor because I only had dark molasses on hand; I think light molasses would be a better choice.

Each cookie is 66 calories, is very low in fat and has a 3% of the US RDA of iron. Tod says they are evil because it's very easy to eat three of them for a total of nearly 200 calories. I just say "Aaaahhh, sweets. Please pass another cookie!"

Molasses Muesli Cookies
makes 24 cookies

1 banana
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup muesli (I used Dorset Luury Muesli)
1 sp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1.5 tsp cinnamon

Mash the banana and stir together with the molasses, honey and sugar. Add the spices and baking soda, then the flour, mixing well. Stir in the muesli.

Drop rounded teaspoons onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 175C/350F for about 8 minutes.

2 Comments

Awesome food!

If there were kids in your household, they'd be digging around for Flintstones vitamins and the sweet, pink fluoride tablets given to them at school. I have two words for you: Wheat Germ.

Cutting out sweets is hard for the first few days, then it becomes a lot easier. When I first tried it, I didn't trust myself on those afternoon sugar cravings and bought sugar free pudding. H. soon started calling it "fart pudding," so I don't even try to kid myself anymore. If I'm not going to eat sweets, I don't eat sweets at all.

I have to admit though, these cookies look pretty good. They photograph well.

Good for you for trying out a vegan lifestyle. Is it rough for cooking, and for dining out? What made you decide to try it?

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