Sunday, December 9, 2007

Chewy Noels

Here is another veganized favourite from my childhood. I debated about how to replace the eggs in this one. Tofu did not seem like a good candidate since it would not provide enough moisture. Bananas are generally good for baking, but only if you like the taste of bananas, and I don't equate bananas with Christmas. Ground flax was really the only option left (I don't have egg replacer, but find it kind of chalky anyway). I was worried that the taste from the flax seeds would be too strong, but figured the walnuts and sugar would win in the end. I was right. The end result was a little more dense than the non-vegan version, but still really tasty and delightfully chewy.

- 2 tbsp non-hydrogenated margarine
- 2 tbsp ground golden flax seed
- 6 tbsp water
- 1/3 cup flour, sifted
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla
- icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Melt margarine on low heat in a square baking pan (8x8) on the stove top.
2. Whisk flax seed into water in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and nuts. Stir in
vanilla and flax mixture. Be patient and let the moisture work its way through the dry stuff.
4. Spoon batter into the pan, carefully spreading to the sides, but being careful not to mix into the melted margarine.
5. Bake for 22-25 mins, until top is deep golden brown. The batter will be bubbling and gooey. Let completely cool--everything will solidify. Cut into small squares, and remove from pan, placing on serving tray bottom side up. Dust with icing sugar and serve.


Amanda said...

Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! I'm a college student living on my own, but I love your family-friendly meals. Thanks for sharing your daily eats with the blogging world!

_gina said...

1/4 cup of applesauce will do the trick when eggs are involved too

Natjenn said...

These look I-could-eat-the-whole-pan good!

nora said...

I don't have any flax seeds but would love to try this recipe; is the 2 tbsp equal to one "egg"?

Vegan Dad said...

1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. So, you need a replacement for 2 eggs for this recipe. I would be curious to know what you use instead of flax, and how the recipe turns out.

Melissa said...

In answer to your question about can get lots! Just down the road from Science North, there's Paris Natural Foods. You can get vegenaise, soy cheese, all kinds of vegan stuff. There's also Superstore in New Sudbury off LaSalle. Their natural foods section is great: vegenaise, vegan cheese, soy yogurt, ice cream, etc.

forthebirds said...

I knew from the moment I saw the picture that I would end up making these. I will make this again and again!

P.S. As it was my first time, I was amazed at how much the consistency of the flax+water resembled egg.