Cookies made with tofu. Disgusting? Absolutely not. Don’t judge before you try these cookies.
Tofu has very little flavor and aroma on is own, making it a versatile ingredient in the culinary world. It can be used in both savory and sweet coking since it can easily blend with other flavors. Tofu is relatively high in protein and low in fat and calories. It works well as an egg alternative in cookies.
In attempts to cut down on sugar and calories, I’ve been experimenting with Splenda. I rarely use sugar substitutes in baking because it reduces the volume of ingredients while intensifying the sweetness. There are also plenty of articles discouraging the use of Splenda and other sugar substitutes, especially because there isn’t enough long term studies on the affects of these “sugars” in humans.
I wanted to make something that I wouldn’t feel too guilty snacking on. So I went overboard and used Splenda brown sugar blend and Splenda sugar blend instead of regular light brown sugar and granulated sugar. These products are a 50/50 blend of sugar substitute and regular sugar. If you don’t want to use Splenda, just double the sugar amount listed in the recipe. Using regular sugars will give you a much softer and moister cookie.
I found G Living during my vegetarian phase (a couple years back) as they have excellent meals and desserts for people who want to eat vegan or raw. They have these excellent vegan chocolate chip pecan cookies that I tried before. I revisited it and altered the recipe a bit. The original recipe uses Earth Balance, a vegan butter alternative, but I switched it out for plain old unsalted butter. I just love the taste of real butter too much.
Tofu Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Pecans
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
6 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend (3/4 cup light brown sugar)
8 tsp Splenda sugar blend (1/3 cup granulated sugar)
1/4 cup tofu, blended
2 tsp vanilla paste
1 c. pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
1 c. chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Sift together cake flour, whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Using a stand mixer, blend together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar and tofu. Mix until well combined. Add in the vanilla paste and continue to mix.
4. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on med until just incorporated.
5. Add the pecans and chocolate chips and mix on low until topping are distributed.
6. Use an ice cream scooper to scope balls of dough onto a parchment lined sheet tray. Gently flatten and pat down the mounds of cookie dough before placing in the oven. You can use the palm of your hands or the bottom of a drinking glass.
7. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Rest on tray for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.