Veganize! The First in a Series

Welcome to Veganize! This is a Macachoke exclusive with no frequency given.
In these posts, Macaroon and Artichole will take some of their favorite recipes from their favorite cookbooks, and put a vegan twist on them. Some will pass. Some will fail. Some will be devoured. Some will be thrown in the trash. You just have to keep checking in to see what they do.
The first Veganize entry features Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies from Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours by Sarabeth Levine. If you’re not familiar with her culinary greatness, let us point you in the right direction. Sarabeth Levine is an amazing chef and owner of the Sarabeth chain of restaurants in NYC and FL. She’s best known for her scones, and her fabulous jams and marmalades, which you can find at your local supermarket or gourmet shop. We should also add that Macaroon met Sarabeth last year at a book signing at Williams-Sonoma for this cookbook from which we veganized the cookies.
Why have we selected this recipe? Well, Macaroon was baking chocolate chip cookies for Artichoke’s co-workers. Those weren’t vegan. So Macaroon and Artichoke couldn’t try them. Macaroon also was craving oatmeal raisin cookies. Since she made Sarabeth’s cookies before turning vegan. Why not make them so!

Now, onto the cookies! We’re not going to post the recipe (Boo Hiss!), but tell you how we flipped the script on these cookies. You can buy the book or get it from the library for the full recipe.
  • Make sure your sugars are vegan. Some sugars are processed through animal bone char.
  • The 2 sticks of butter were replaced with 1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce and 1/2 c. canola oil
  • The eggs were replaced with 2 servings of Bob’s Red Mill’s egg replacer (1 tbsp of egg replacer = 3 tbsp of water = 1 egg)
It was just that easy. The cookies were delicious. Nothing was missing in taste or texture. In fact, we think the applesauce-oil blend in place of the butter kept the cookies moist and chewy. That’s never a bad thing with oatmeal-raisin cookies.
Considering we’re new to the game, I’m sure there are ways to make these cookies even more vegan than vegan. When we get to have level, we’ll let you know.
This post will conclude with somewhat of an inspiration to this piece. Please enjoy…

The world (is holding back). The time has come to…VEGANIZE! C’mon! C’mon! C’mon!

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