Greetings, Queer Vegan Foodies! Today, I would love to share with you a recipe I developed this morning for a most unique vegan treat: The Mookie!
Combining the best qualities of cookies and muffins, the mookie defies traditional food categories. It is cookie-shaped and crisp on the outside like a cookie, yet soft and undeniably fluffy like a muffin on the inside.
The mookie is especially inspirational and queer in that it does not pretend to fit neatly into either baked good category, instead straddling the lines of two categories with grace and deliciousness. I appreciate that queer vegan food does not find the need to constantly imitate non-vegan cuisine. While it may “pass” as a burger or spaghetti or something recognizable according to normative food culture, it is often most amazing and delicious when embraced for what it is–a unique, decidedly queer dish.
When transitioning to veganism, we often find the need to rely on meat analogs or construct our meals around the idea of having a “protein” as the central element on our plates. As our understanding of the wonder of plant food evolves, we may be excited to enjoy a heaping bowl of kale salad marinated in lemon juice, salt and hemp oil with strips of rehydrated wakame and spirulina on top. We may partake in the mookie, loving it for its queer in-betweenness, without feeling the need to expect it to choose to exclusively embody its cookie or muffin nature.
I chose to make these mookies gluten-free and low-glycemic, using xylitol and stevia for sweeteness and all-purpose gluten-free flour. It would make sense to include your favorite vegan chocolate or carob chips, however since we didn’t have any on hand, I took an extra half an hour to make raw vegan chocolate (melted and combined cacao butter, cacao powder, stevia, xylitol, vanilla powder, salt, then hardened in the freezer and chopped it all up into chip-like chunks).
The Mookie (serves 10-14)
2 cups gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1/2 cup xylitol
3 Tbs ground flax
1/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup coconut oil (use less and add a bit more water, if you’d like)
4 drops stevia (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 1/4 cup hot water with ground flax. Add wet ingredients to flax water mixture. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients and form into little balls on a pre-greased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired texture. Enjoy!
Embrace the in-betweenness. Eat mookies!
Would love to hear in the comments what you think of the recipe, and about your favorite “in-between” vegan foods!