|This BBQ would have been very unfriendly for vegans without my vegan survivor kit!|
My BBQ survival kit varies depending on what I have in stock, but base on the following:
- Salad and/or salad dressing
- Salsa or Guacamole
- Veggie burgers or some marinated seitan or tofu
- Coconut Bliss Ice cream (Yes, I consider this separate from dessert)
Because it is Canada Day, I thought I would try to pack some red and white foods to theme it a bit. Unfortunately I did not get to making the salad... I did pack a vinaigrette in case there is salad there. I made some delicious beet burgers that I adapted from Colour me Vegan, packed tomato, mango avocado and lime to make a salsa to go with it. Hazelnut fudge Coconut bliss and Canada Day Surprise Cookies! I adapted my lemon sugar cookies and there were some mistake that I think I recovered from to make a wonderful, light and fresh cookie.
Canada Day Surprise Cookies
- 1/4 margarine
- 2/3 cup of sugar
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 chia egg (1tsp ground chia seeds and 2 Tbsp water, whisked)
- 1-2 Tbsp Milk (I didn't measure it)
- Zest of two limes
- 1 1/4 cup white flour
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (could omit, I didn't mean to add this!)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball and place on a baking sheet. using a fork, press down on the balls to form cookies. Top with raw coconut and some sugar (I used a red sugar to get into my theme). Bake for about 10 minutes and then let sit on the cookie sheet for 5 more and then transfer to a plate.
Pretty easy and they are pretty tasty. Originally I was not planning to add the baking powder (I thought it was the baking soda!) and I think it dried out the dough so I added the milk at the end. I think you could omit both of these ingredient and get a nice cookie from it, but the addition of these ingredients didn't wreck anything. In fact, I think it made the cookies a bit more cakey.
Why are these Canada day surprise cookies? Well, I think the finished product looks like a basic sugar cookie with red sugar on top, but when you bite into them, they have a yummy tropical surprise with the lime and the coconut. You cannot go wrong with that!
Try something new and make these into a ice cream sandwich: Get your favourite ice cream (I used coconut bliss, coconut flavour). Take two cookies and put a good sized scoop on top of the first cookie, top it with the second cookie, sugar side down to trap in that coconut and sugar topping. Serve. All I can say is... YUMMM!!