Easy Vegan Holiday Season: Day 3

Post by Aine Davis

The holiday season is the best time of the year for so many reasons. The biggest reason to me… is the baking. There is nothing better than getting a tin of homemade treats gifted to you, or sneaking a couple of your mom’s ooey-gooey cookies right out of the oven.

Lucky for me, my mother is vegan as well! Like mother, like daughter. So, I asked her very nicely to send me her recipe for my favourite Christmas cookies.

Enjoy!

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Mama’s Cocoa Molasses Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbs allspice
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine or coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup black strap molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 1/2 tsp boiling water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

1. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cocoa).

2. Beat together margarine or oil with coconut sugar. Slowly pour the molasses in until thoroughly combined. Add the flour in 1/2 cup at a time. Add in baking soda mixture and combine well.

3. Chill, covered for one hour. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

4. Spoon the cold dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll each ball in the sugar. Spread the sugar-coated balls onto a sprayed baking sheet.

5. Bake for 13-15 minutes until the surface of the cookies start to crack slightly.

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The Girlfriend’s Guide

To me, being vegan is a lifestyle. Take everything I grew up around: big box stores, grocery store “super centres”, prepackaged foods, frozen meals…gross. Food is needed for nutritional purposes, sure, but let’s enjoy it too! By changing our diets we get the chance to start over, refresh our palettes, try new things and find out what really works for our bodies. What you discover from this might actually surprise you! Good food makes for a good body. And vegan food is always good food. Therefore, you should totally go vegan.

Time and time again I’ve heard, “I’d love to go vegan but I just don’t have the time!” Wrong. Wroooooong.

Most people (myself included, I’ll admit) are used to instant gratification for pretty much everything. Our bodies need food multiple times throughout the day and it’s tedious to put in a lot of effort. Everything nowadays seems to be done very hastily. Buying a frozen dinner that was designed to be microwaved to prevent us from needing to what, boil water? Opting for self-checkout at the store in order to skip the cashier’s spiel about donating to a local charity? It’s hard to figure out how to find time to cook, yes, but it really is worth it. Meats and processed foods are bad for both your body and your wallet.

Being a vegan really isn’t as time consuming as people think, but obviously it takes more effort than lining up at a fast food joint for a burger would. I put effort into each meal because I enjoy taking the time to appreciate what I’m doing. What can I say, I like to cook! It’s comforting to be aware of every single ingredient that I’m putting into my body. Vegan food is good for me and the environment.

So what the heck are we babbling about this for anyways? Well, we want others to be able to transition into veganism smoothly and we’re here to help with that. On this website we’ll be providing quick and easy original recipes, shopping tips and more. Being vegan doesn’t mean that you have to spend a bunch of money, or that you can’t eat out with friends! That’s just malarky.

So friends! In honour of Vegan Girlfriend’s launch we have put together a little shopping cheat sheet. Below you can find a chart that lists important staples for vegan cooking that can (and should!) be bought in bulk. This chart compares the prices of three types of stores where you can normally buy these products: bulk food stores, health food stores, and a ‘big brand’ grocery store.

Stick with us and we’ll keep coming up with stuff like this to help you become the health-conscious money-smart vegan that we know you secretly want to be.

Love,

Áine

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