So last week I was having a bad day because I got some *sad* news that I didn't get a job that I had worked really hard for. I'm talking like eight hours of interviews on a Saturday, that's how hard I tried. Naturally, I was upset. I started to question if I was good enough, smart enough, capable enough, the thoughts started spiraling.
I usually do one of three things to cheer myself up: watch one of my favorite YouTubers, go get myself a treat, or craft a new recipe. This time, I decided to go bake. I know that might sound silly, but honestly distracting myself with something I enjoy (but still having alone time) has really proven to be helpful when I'm really down.
Just as a little mood booster, I started messing around with a chocolate cookie recipe. My roommate and I had been talking about how good Mexican hot chocolate is earlier in the day, and it was the perfect inspo for these cookies. I realized I had all the spices needed and turned regular vegan chocolate cookies into Mexican hot chocolate cookies! They're vegan, gluten-free, and nut free. :) I know first-hand how annoying food allergies and sensitivities can be so I like to make my recipes as inclusive as possible.
These came out almost like a cross between a cake and cooky, moist *sorry* and still fluffy. They're a good amount of sweet and have a good kick with the spice. Hope next time you're feeling down you can try a fun recipe like this to cheer you up!
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies (vegan, gluten free)
- Makes 6 cookies -
1 cup + 3 tablespoons of oat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of pink salt (or sea salt)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon almond butter
Lots of dairy-free chocolate chips (I love this brand)
Add all your dry ingredients together, then the wet & combine
You may need a bit more flour if your batter is feeling too sticky
Roll your batter into little balls then flatten on a parchment lined baking sheet
Bake for about 11-12 minutes at 350 degrees
Let cool and enjoy!
Tag me on my food Instagram, @tanya_tastes if you recreate :)