OK, Katie. (And all lovers of chocolate chip cookies!)
2 Tbsp. Almond Butter
1 Tbsp. Chia Seed Gel (or applesauce)
Slightly crispy, a little crunchy on the exterior; pillowy in the very center. I love the texture.
But you have to let it sit on the baking sheet for about 5-7 minutes after they are baked to fully set. Resist the temptation to bake them any longer than 11 minutes; they won't look done but let them cool and set up, and VOILA.
I think you will like these. (Click for the full recipe!)
Some notes I took:
Could add more sugar. I used granulated white sugar...naughty, naughty me. Maybe increase sugar from 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup? The texture was perfect but it seemed to need a little more sweetness.
[10/4/2012 UPDATE:] I recently made these cookies, oil free version, for a dinner and game night party we hosted at our home. In my rush to have them ready, I forgot to add the granulated sugar. All six children present, plus the 4 adults, ate all the cookies within an hour. We didn't miss the sugar at all. And I had doubled the batch!
I also used spelt flour -- increase 1 cup measurement of all purpose flour to 1 and 1/4 cups of flour for spelt.
After scooping the cookies onto the cookie sheet, you probably want to press them down flatter as these cookies will poof up, but not spread out when baked.
I am wondering if applesauce would do the same thing as the chia seed gel. Cuz' chia seed gel might be a lot of hassle to make if only needing 1 Tbsp. (However, I have successfully used chia seed gel as an oil replacement in ONE of my vinaigrette dressings -- Dreena Burton's Cumin Cinnamon Vinaigrette from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan. And if you doubled the recipe for cookies, it would be 2 Tbsp of chia seed gel, maybe a little more worth it?...just thinkin' out loud, here).
I measured everything very carefully. No deviations.
Chia Seed Gel:
10 parts water to every 1 part chia seed gel.
I use 2 and 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup Chia seeds. Let seeds soak in water for 10-15 minutes and then blend in the blender until very smooth in consistency.
(Thank you, Janae!)
I pretty much ate like 5 of these already. And it's only 6:30 in the morning. I had to taste test them for you...five times.
Don't worry, I also ate a banana and am currently baking a Potato & Tempeh Breakfast Casserole. Yum. I will let you know how that goes...
**HUGS TO YOU ALL!**
Here's to a beautiful morning!
P.S. The inspiration for this convo started here, in the comments section.