Celebrate July 4th with Guilt-Free Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan & Oil-Free)


What is Love?

Love is when your husband brings a glass of wine to you in your office Friday evening while you are working. Love is when he offers to bake cookies for the family and for the out-of-town guests coming the next day. True love is when on top of all that; he offers to make you special vegan cookies, just because he cares sooo much about you.

Love is the greatest blessing. And cookies are pretty good, too! ?

As I quickly scrambled to jump on that great offer and jot down a recipe for my husband I did a mental check to see what I was in the mood for. Chocolate! Shocking, I know. I adapted my Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cookie recipe to better satisfy my chocolate craving.

Handing my husband the semi-legible recipe on a scrap of paper, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. As he walked out the office door, I said “Maybe I should check the consistency of that before you bake it?” “Uh-huh. OK!” he said.

Is it wrong to send your hubby into the kitchen with a recipe you have never actual tried making before??? Luck was on my side and all went well in cookie land, leaving this cookie monster a very happy woman. If you would like the recipe for the cookies my husband made for everyone else, click here.


Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan & Oil-Free)


½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons water
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup carob chips (or chocolate chips)



Pre-heat oven to 350?F

In a medium bowl mix flour, cocoa powder, oats, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl add water, vanilla, and apple sauce. Whisk together.

Add brown and white sugar to apple sauce mixture. Whisk until well combined.

Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add apple sauce mixture to the center and stir together until combined.

Stir in carob chips.

On a cookie sheet (lined with a silpat if you have one) drop by the rounded Tablespoon.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Yield: Approx 10-12 small cookies or 7 large (like in our house ?)


*Special note: As far as cookie recipes go this makes a fairly small batch. It serves two purposes. One- it keeps this cookie monster from eating a cookie everyday for two weeks straight, which I’ve been known to do. Two- it prevents lying. After a day or two you can tell your children honestly that they cannot have any more cookies because they really are gone.


Happy Baking, Happy Canada Day & Happy 4th of July Weekend, Friends! ?




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