The laundry list of foods you can’t eat while pregnant seems to be ever growing, and sadly, cookie dough is one of those forbidden items on that list, thanks to the raw eggs. This has been a difficult thing for me to come to terms with. A few weeks ago I made cookies and it was literally all I could do to pry myself away from the batter bowl.
BUT, I’ve since discovered a delicious alternative to this problem. My friend Lindsey and her husband came over the other night for dinner and they brought dessert with them. Dessert was chocolate chip cookie dough to be made into cookies after dinner and since Lindsey is intolerant to gluten and dairy the cookies were gluten-free AND vegan. Do you know what that means?? NO RAW EGGS! Be still my pregnant heart!
Why hadn’t I thought of this before? The simplicity of it kills me! I could’ve been eating cookie dough this whole time! I can always make up for lost time now though, and luckily, these cookies are pretty virtuous and will even give you a shot of folic acid from the oats and omega-3’s from the ground flax in them. This might sound uber-healthy, but trust me, they’re delicious…whether you eat them in cookie dough form OR in actual baked form.
Get the recipe after the jump!
How to make Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (or just cooke dough):
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 T Earth Balance Butter (regular butter is fine if you’re not actually vegan)
1 t. vanilla
2 T. ground flax (mix with 3 T. of water)
-Mix butter and sugar until blended. Then add in flax mixture, applesauce and vanilla. Stir in.
1 cup oat flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
-Mix these ingredients together and then add them to the wet mixture and stir.
FINALLY ADD IN:
1/2 cups slow cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or as many as your pregnant heart desires)
-Bake at 350 for 10’ish minutes if you want actual cookies, or just eat the dough at this point if you’re like me.
If you actually get to the cookie baking stage , note that the cookies will still be gooey when you take them out, but that’s the best way to keep them moist. If not enjoy the dough. It’s so good!
What has been the one thing you’ve craved, but couldn’t eat during pregnancy? Were you able to make any modifications so you could eat it?
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