I feel like, as of recent, my recipes sound like something out of a sitcom punchline. The wife says, “Honey, I made some vegan, gluten-free, no sugar added cookies for dessert.” And then the husband turns to the camera with a look of disgust on his face. And then there is a laugh track.
I hate sitcoms like that. Because usually they consist of a wife that is smart, beautiful and savvy paired with a husband that is dumb, lazy and not-so-attractive. You’d never see a sitcom with the roles reversed. Thankfully, Babyface is not a sitcom husband. He loves these cookies. The only laughing you’ll hear is our giggles of joy when we bite into these cookies. No laugh track required.
Thanks to the elimination diet to figure out some digestive issues, Babyface and I have been struggling a bit with quick and easy dessert choices that fit in with our stipulations. Pre-elimination, we’d almost always ended dinner with a square of dark chocolate or a brownie. But since both of those were out, it was time to figure out a elimination-friendly quick dessert.
- No refined sugars
- Preferably, no added sugar
- Deeply chocolate
These suckers passed the test with flying colors.
If you want these to be truly vegan and soy-free (like we do), look for chocolate chips that are non-dairy and soy free. A lot of vegan chocolate chips have soy lecithin in them as an emulsifier. If you want to avoid soy, make sure to look out for this. There are brands out there that only have three ingredients: cane juice, chocolate liqueur and cocoa butter. Sounds good to me.
These cookies are sweetened thanks to the service of two bananas. I think bananas often get a bad rap when it comes to cooking and baking. They are relegated to banana bread and muffins, but really, a banana is a great way to add moisture and sweetness to almost anything. When paired with a strong flavor like chocolate, the banana tends to fade away and be a background flavor.
Unlike a lot of vegan cookies, these actually hold their shape at room temperature. They are a little softer than the traditional no bake, but they definitely stick together. For the ultimate staying power, keep them in the fridge or freezer for quick access. When cold, they become fudgy and somehow, even more decadent. Pair a few of these with a nice tall glass of (almond) milk and you have one awesome dessert that doesn’t just taste good, but also packs a nice nutrition punch as well.
Do you eat dessert after dinner often?