Hello fellow Mofo-ers and readers! Please join me in welcoming my friend, co-worker, and my very first guest blogger, Katie Sherrod to Cameraphone Vegan, as well as to the vegan internet family. She’s just recently decided to do a serious attempt at switching to a plant based diet, which she’ll tell you a bit more about below. She surprised me on Tuesday with a very generous helping of these delicious cookies, and I thought you all might enjoy them as much as everyone in our radiation therapy department did!
She also gave me a welcome break from blogging for the night so we could just hit Taco Bell, and then the roller rink! ;)
I was flattered that Ty wanted to have me as a guest blogger today. I call myself a wanna be vegan that is on the right path, but with many obstacles all at the same time. My goal is to be a HEALTHY Vegan not a vitamin lacking junk food Vegan. Some of my obstacles include not having support from my meat, dairy, junk food, eating husband and kids. My husband’s motto is you only live once, just eat what you like, I’m sure there is something bad about every food, etc. This is also the same man that eats chips in bed and has McDonald’s probably twice a day while not gaining a pound.
My entire family is painfully picky too (myself included). Dinner usually consists of a piece of meat, corn or plain salad, and rice or some kind of white bread (no veggies really, no whole wheat bread, no brown rice, no Quinoa, etc). It’s pretty pathetic! Over the past month I have really focused on cutting many things out of my diet. I used to get a Venti 10 pump sugar free vanilla latte EVERY morning and then drink diet cherry pepsi the rest of the day. I’m proud to say I have NOT had a latte or a soda in at least 2 months now. I have been reading more, finding recipes on pinterest, and talking a lot with Ty in attempt to educate myself further, and continue on my path to being healthier than ever. Over the past couple of weeks I have also been doing a lot more cooking (I’m not a great cook either lol) and eating Vegan. I will admit, I would LOVE to lose about 10 pounds too and am hopeful this will help me reach that goal.
This past weekend was my son’s 11th Birthday, and I didn’t want to feel left out and not able to eat a sweet treat too, so I took a recipe of a cookie that I love and made it Vegan. These cookies are by far the BEST cookies I have ever eaten!! Shamefully, I probably ate at least 2 dozen this past week. My next goal is to try to tweak the recipe a bit more to see if I can cut down on the sugar and oil components without losing the fabulous taste these bad boys have. I let some co-workers sample them and they too loved them and were shocked when I told them that they were Vegan. So, without further ado here is my recipe :) .
Katie’s Oatmeal Coconut Cookies
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. vegan butter (earth balance)
1 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp. ground flax seed + 6 tbsp. hot water, whisked)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. of oats (any kind)
1 1/2 c. shredded coconut (she used sweetened)
Directions: You can follow the directions from the original recipe here!
You can see more of Katie’s favorite things, including vegan recipes on her pinterest page! Thanks for sharing, Katie!