Friday, February 8, 2013

Fine, I'll bake chickpea cookies

Mr. Wing-It and I are in preparations for our travels, and very soon Wing It Vegan will yet again go into hypersleep until September or October - just in time for Vegan MoFo! I intended to make my funny little Strawberry Love Bugs before Valentine's Day, but I don't think I will have time for that this year. Curse you, responsibilities! I've also been working on a massive Cookin' Crunk post for a while, and hopefully I will be able to publish it before we leave. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, I was determined to be good and show some self-control after a trip to the dentist a few weeks ago, but all that willpower vanished when I saw that Ricki had pinned these delicious looking chickpea-based peanut butter cookies. To hell with temperance! Give me cookies! I rolled my eyes at chickpea cookies and bean brownies for years, and finally last week I gave in and tried them. They were wonderful! Chickpea flavor? Nope. Just vanilla, chocolate, almond (I made mine with MaraNatha almond butter instead of peanut butter), and a what-is-that flavor that does not taste like chickpeas. This non-believer is now a worshiper of the chickpea cookie! Thank you for the recipe, Erin!

Chickpea-Almond Butter Cookies
My elebentieth batch in two weeks.

I am not accepting products for review these days - unless something looks irresistibly good! That is what happened when the good folks at Parmela offered to send me some aged vegan parmesan. How could I resist?

Parmela

It's very sharp and flavorful, so a little goes a long way. This product is more like dairy parmesan than any other vegan cheese I've ever tried. It resembles fresh dairy parmesan, unlike the white powdery parm substitutes that resemble that super fine floury dairy pasta topping thing. (I do like the white powdery vegan parmesans too though)

Parmela

That is a nice plate of polenta with tomatoey lentils and Parmela on top. Why did I choose a yellow food to show a yellow parmesan product? Dummy! Take a look at the ingredients and nutritional info:

Parmela

Thank you, Parmela for letting me try your tasty cheese! Now let's see what the Wing-It ducks are up to...

Snowy Duckie
Snowy cutie!

Happy weekend, everyone!

24 comments :

  1. I have made that same chickpea cookie recipe! Oh man, SO GOOD.

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    1. Definitely a keeper! I have already made them so many times I know the recipe by heart! :)

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  2. I was grossed out by the whole sweet-bean idea for a long time, too, until I made a chocolate chip cake with cannelini beans as a major ingredient. I've made it over and over — even for "regular" people and it gets snarfed up every time with almost none left for me. I've even turned the recipe into cookies. Lately, my cookies have all been of the almond flour/oat flour/chocolate chip variety but you've just given me a great idea. I'm supposed to make bake-sale cookies tomorrow and maybe they will be chickpea cookies!

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  3. p.s. I hate when you "disappear." Have safe travels and I'll look for you in the fall.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I will definitely try to update the blog at least a few times with travel photos. No food, but cute wildlife is definitely blog worthy! :)

      I hope you love these cookies too if you make them for the bake sale - they really are so good! It looks like chocolate chip cannelini bean cake will be my next food adventure!

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  4. I have been wondering about this Parm! Thanks!!!!!
    The duck is super cute! Chickpea cookies! WOWZA! Those cookies are amazingly awesome looking!

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    1. It's very tasty! We have a Whole Foods trip planned for this weekend and I'm going to have to pick up a little tub or two of Parmela.

      Isn't she a cutie? I love it when they dig in the snow with their little beaks. It's also funny when they dig in the mud and end up with "mud facials" :D

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  5. Chickpea cookies, eh? I'm going to have to try that recipe the next time I'm in the mood for some cookies! And that parm looks pretty awesome--I love how vegan cheese is getting so innovative & tasty lately!

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    1. Try them! They're very tasty. Vegan cheese has come a loooong way in the past few years.

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  6. Love the cartoon! Happy Travels. After many years, I'm still trying to guess your mystery job. This year you're either a traveling tennis camp instructor, a flea market coordinator, antique road-show appraiser, or a trapeze artist in a circus.

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    1. A flea market coordinator! You got it! :P

      Actually that sounds like fun - but I would probably end up buying too much stuff at all the flea markets and then you'd see me on Hoarders some day.

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  7. I have to go to the dentist next week. I'm so not very excited about that. I floss daily and everything but still... cavities galore!

    Anyway, the cookies look amazing! Nice and gooey. Thanks a lot for leaving feedback on the recipe and linking to it. :) I really appreciate it!

    And I love the duck! Ducks are almost my favorite animal. Just after baby elephants. :D

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    1. Thank YOU for sharing it, Erin! They really are wonderful, and I will probably make yet another batch today.

      It's tough to beat baby elephants! But I'm sure ducks would be very happy to come in second place anyway :)

      Good luck at the dentist!

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  8. Oh those cookies look amazing. I think that I will have to make some of these soon.

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  9. 1) Those cookies look TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!! and 2) Parmela is BEST THING EVER! All caps were completely called for here. :-)

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    1. I see your all caps and I raise you some more: my Whole Foods needs to start carrying Parmela RIGHT NOW!! :D

      I really hope I can get my crunky post ready before we leave!

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  10. The looks look amazing and the Parmela sounds great too!!

    Good luck on your upcoming travels! Stay in touch :)

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    1. Thanks! I will most definitely stay in touch! :)

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  11. Hey River! I did it! I entered the blogosphere. Not just a vegan blog. Kind of a catch-all for my life, especially now that we've decided to adopt! Check it out. It's called The Other 1% and is at alookattheotheronepercent.blogspot.com. Happy travels until Halloween time!!

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    1. Yes! Welcome aboard! Running over to your blog to check it out now...

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  12. I also have sneered at bean based baked goods in the past but those cookies look amazing.

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    1. Beans in baked goods just sounds so wrong! I'm glad I gave these cookies a chance though. Maybe black bean brownies will be next? We'll see! :)

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  13. This is a beautiful post. You always inspire me! Love this French food. Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend!

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