When I was a toddler, I refused to eat anything but hot dogs and broccoli. And then there were the unfortunate years that can only be referred to as the Era of Steak-Umms and Tortellini (but we try not to reference those years much)…
There were also the (too many) years of disordered eating, in which I ate almost nothing but rice cakes, all natural peanut butter and apples, and, most recently, the super-high-protein-and-supplement diet I undertook in order to become an NPC Bikini competitor.
But right now, I’m finally eating “normally,” and people still give me funny looks.
So let me start this post by stating: being a vegan is both normal and healthy. It’s also possible to be abnormal and unhealthy–but being a vegan, if you’re doing it right, means that you’re not just eating steamed broccoli and maybe some pasta for dinner. In the past few months, I’ve learned so much about balanced vegan eating from a ton of amazing, informative bloggers, that it’s hard to imagine how anyone could see veganism as unhealthy or weird. It’s not. I promise. And being a vegan is helping me to get past my disordered eating and into health. So there.
If you want weird, however, I can give you weird.
Weird like garlic and chocolate. Together. In a cookie. A vegan cookie.
Have you ever eaten a clove of roasted garlic? It’s one of my desert island foods (seriously…this is where my eating habits get weird.). And so the other day, while eating a salad (with tempeh and black beans, mind you) liberally sprinkled with cloves of sweet, addicting roasted garlic, I had an idea: why not put that amazing sweetness into a cookie?
Why not indeed:
Imagine, if you will, garlic roasted in hazelnut oil and agave nectar and coated in semi-sweet chocolate.
Now, take that garlic and pair it with some hazelnuts, and then add them into the most Divine Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie you can sink your teeth into…and:
I give you Bad Breath Cookies.
My house smelled like an Italian restaurant while these baked. And they were totally worth the garlic breath.
Not weird at all.
Love and Cookies,
PS I am amazed by the response I’ve gotten to the concept (and the taste!) of these cookies. Evidence of their epic awesomeness:
*If there even is such a thing as “normal,” that is…