offwhite food even a father would love

My dad and I Christmas '09

Historically my dad is a bit gunshy about trying my offwhite food.  I kinda don’t blame him.  The first time I had my folks over for dinner was in college and I made ‘herbed chicken’ – without the herbs.  Turns out herbs are spendy and didn’t fit my college student budget.  After that I had a 2 year run where I attempted a number of cookies that had the taste and mouthfeel of hockey pucks.  I get why dad isn’t always fired up about trying his daughter’s latest concoctions.

My recent strategy is to simply give dad something and not tell him that it’s gluten-wheat-sugar-soy-casein-whatever-FREE.  Just serve it, say it’s delicious, and he’s more apt to dig in.

So, when I presented dad with these Ginger Bliss cookies (adapted from the Vegan Fusion Cookbook), I failed to mention the spelt flour, flax meal, molasses, and raw coconut.  Sometimes less is more 🙂

If you’re looking for a tasty and unique father’s day treat, try these cookies.  Approved  by at least 1 dad, so far!

ginger bliss cookies


1 1/3 cup Spelt flour
2 tsp flaxmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon/nutmeg each
1/4 tsp sea salt
pinch of allspice and cardamom

1/2 cup unrefined sugar (sucanat)
1/3 cup safflower oil (EVOO does NOT work in cookies b/c of flavor)
3 TBSP molasses
2 TBSP grated ginger
4 tsp apple-sauce (no added sugar)
1/2 cup shredded raw coconut

Preheat oven to 400.  Mix WET ingredients and set aside.  Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add to wet and mix.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.  Form cookies by the spoonfull on a greased cookiesheet and bake for 10 min.  Cool for 10 minutes and serve.

I think they’d go nicely with Vanilla Coconut bliss ‘ice cream’, but I haven’t tried that.