I love cookies. Unfortunately, if I allow myself to indulge in any one traditionally made cookie my skin will flare up sky-high. I am very much allergic to oils and dairy. The more an oil is processed the worse the skin reaction. So I constantly have to choose, nice skin or treats. Until someone opens up a non-oil and plant based bakery, I am on my own.
Oil & Butter Substitutes
Many if not all plant based cookies will have vegetable oils such as canola, olive, coconut, palm, etc.. Oil is added in substitution to a traditional cookies butter ingredient. Butter and oil give the cookie moisture. It also helps keep your cookies from sticking to your pan (parchment paper is a great non-oil alternative). In my search for an oil free cookie I have tried a variation of recipes. Many use pureed or cooked bananas and apple sauce. The substitutions work well if you eat the cookie right away but the cookies become somewhat dry the next day. Also, you will get a bit of the banana taste in your cookie (not always a great combination). The best substitution I’ve found is prune paste!
What’s prune paste?
- Prune Paste (1 cup of pitted prunes in a food processor with ½ cup of water)
From the China Study Cookbook by Leanne Campbell: Prune paste “is one of the best substitutes. It does not change the taste of the dish as much as other substitutions do”. To replace 1 cup of oil, Leanne suggests 1/3 of a cup of prune paste. I suggest you use your discretion on how much prune paste to add based on your batter.
People like Leanne Campbell and her father Dr. T. Colin Campbell (who wrote “The China Study” book) are the inspiration to my unique gift basket delivery business. The Campbell family have contributed so much of their time and energy to produce their own material in educating people on a plant based diet. In my opinion the only thing that separates them and any other advocate for a plant based diet is that the Campbell family do not consume oils. Not even olive oil. I am so glad that I came across Leanne's cookbook, or I would still be suffering with bad skin. The Campbell family have made documentary films, opened up a restaurant in their home town, have an online frozen meal store, and created a template that anyone in the USA can follow to advocate a plant based diet in their community. I have so much respect for them. One of my hopes is that I can be a plant based diet advocate in my community, by creating the best healthy gift baskets in Los Angeles.