Father’s Day. It’s coming. Except in my case, I call it Pop’s Day, cuz that’s what I call my dad. I can’t really send him flowers or a little piece of jewelry like I can my mother on her special day. He no longer needs ties and has more tools, shirts and logo baseball hats than he can ever use. So what do I send my old man to let him know how special he is? Bake him a batch of (healthy) cookies that host his favorite flavors.
Pop’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapefruit & Anise
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. powdered stevia
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. anise seeds, crushed with a mortar & pestle or processed in a spice grinder
3 tbsp. vegan butter
2 tbsp. prune puree
1/4 cup maple sugar
1 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp. water (whisk together and let sit for a minute or two)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. grapefruit zest
1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375F.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, stevia, salt and anise seeds. In a large bowl, cream the butter, prune puree and maple sugar until smooth. Add the flaxseed meal mixture, vanilla extract and zest and mix well.
Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients and stir in the chocolate chips. Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets. I wet the bottom of a glass to gently flatten the cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking pans before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.