One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating…

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(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) I definitely have a sweet tooth. Cakes, donuts, cookies—especially chocolate chip! Add a tall glass of cold milk, and I’m in heaven.

I try not to indulge too often, so when I do I want to make it count. After all, if I’m having all that sugar it better be worth it.

Going vegan isn't just about breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your desserts also need a makeover. Vegan cookie and pastry recipes swap out eggs for replacement eggs and use fats like coconut. palm and safflower oil, instead of butter./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Going vegan isn’t just about breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your desserts also need a makeover. Vegan cookie and pastry recipes usually swap out eggs for replacement eggs and use fats like coconut and safflower oil instead of butter. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

I had always heard vegan deserts tasted like cardboard. I even tried a vegan chocolate chip cookie a few years back and wasn’t very impressed.

My vegan friends kept telling me they’ve come a long way since then, but not until I smelled the enticing aroma coming from Whole Foods’ bakery did I decide to give them another try. I sampled a glazed donut, peanut butter cookie, and, of course, a chocolate chip one.

The verdict? They were all pretty good. I actually didn’t even notice any difference in the vegan peanut butter cookies compared to ones made with eggs and butter. The donut was also very tasty, though a little drier than ones I’ve eaten in the past.

Whole Foods vegan glazed donuts are a tasty alternative for anyone with a sweet tooth looking to eat more compassionately./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Whole Foods vegan glazed donuts are a tasty alternative for anyone with a sweet tooth looking to eat more compassionately. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

I did have an issue with the chocolate chip cookies though. They tasted fine, but definitely not as good as the “real deal.” That said, maybe it’s just Whole Foods’ cookies aren’t as good, so I’m willing to keep an open mind.

If you know of any chocolate chip cookies that would put Grandma’s to shame, please share – – I’d love to try them for myself with a tall glass of cold soy milk!

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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