Baking Makes Me Happy

Thanks for all your well wishes and thoughts for my mom. She’s still in the hospital, waiting to see the specialist (due to some sort of delay). She’s is doing better though, so hopefully we’ll have everything figured out soon.

Last night I had the urge to bake. Cookies in fact. It gave me something to keep my mind off the situation at hand.

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I set out to find a recipe that piqued my interest, and one where I had all of the required ingredients.

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My eyes were drawn to this one…

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Breakfast Bean Cookies. I’ve done the black bean brownie before, so why not a cookie? And one that I can eat for breakfast? Sounds like a win-win to me.

I assembled the ingredients.

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Well, sort of the ingredients. I did make a few changes. Like using chick peas instead of navy beans, a combination of spelt and quinoa flour instead of all purpose flour, and I added in some shredded coconut, because heck, I like coconut.

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The great thing about this recipe is you blend everything up in a food processor. Nice and simple, and minimal dishes to wash later!

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Make sure to rinse your beans well if you are using canned. Not only does it get rid of a significant amount of salt, it will also wash away some of the flatulence-inducing compounds. Just saying.

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The cookies are pretty easy to shape into little patties. Not unlike making bean burgers really.

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They don’t change much in the oven – just a little rise, but pretty much the same colour.

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Just so you don’t get the wrong idea – these aren’t your butter and sugar laden dessert cookies. They do taste and look healthy. They have a healthy dose of fibre. Hence the name breakfast cookies.

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But they are tasty. Subtly sweet, a little nutty from the combination of flours, flecked with treats like craisins, chocolate chips, and pecans.

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My dad ate two fresh out of the oven. Which says to me they must be pretty decent. He called them “granola cookies”.

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My sister thought they were a little boring, but said if I upped the amount of dried fruit, they would be better. She also said that wouldn’t keep her from eating them though 😉

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And I thought they were a touch dry, but that could have been due to my tweaking the flours and additions, and the fact that I never measure exactly when making things like this. I think it could be easily fixed by adding a little extra moisture in the way of milk or applesauce. But I’m just being nit-picky. It actually makes me want to experiment and come up with my own bean cookie recipe.

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Which is perfect, because like I said – baking make me happy 🙂

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8 Comments on “Baking Makes Me Happy”

  1. February 16, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Cookies look good! I like that your Dad called them granola cookies b/c that’s what they look like. YUM! 🙂

    Also glad to hear that your Mom is feeling better…

  2. February 16, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Those look delicious. First time I’ve ever heard of a bean cookie before. Yum Yum yum.

  3. February 16, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    LOL!!! i did not know about rinsing the flatulence inducing compounds!

  4. February 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Baking is a great stress reliever! It’s a form of art. 🙂

    The cookies look delish!

  5. February 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m not sure if the Husband would go for these . . . but they look pretty normal! lol 😉

  6. February 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Have fun experimenting…I’d love to see what you come up with!

  7. February 26, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    mm, bean cookies, I’d be totally on that bandwagon too… I bet the dryness was from the chickpeas replacing the navy beans, cause when you said the recipe called for navy beans I was thinking ‘wow, that’d be mushy…’ But apparently there’s enough oats & flour to overcome that. Love your flour subs 🙂

  8. February 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    yum. i haven’t quite wrapped my head around beans in a dessert form, but i am intrigued!

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