Signed Cookbook - The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook

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I just love Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook! Never mind that I’m her mom and helped formulate of the recipes. That seemed a natural since some of them are versions of family recipes. The trick was to update them: we wanted to be sure that it was from beginning to end a healthy cookbook.

Since the cookbook was an outgrowth of her healthy cookies line, Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, we wanted to be sure to include healthy cookies in the cookbook - cookies that maintained the standard she had set. This meant to begin with that there would be no refined flour or sugar.

And since all her cookies that she sells are vegan, we wanted to be sure that this would work as a vegan cookbook as well. So Laura has devoted a page to substitution suggestions early in the cookbook.

A favorite cookie recipe of mine is the one for Peppernuts, a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl. With two easy substitutions, coconut or other oil for the butter, and coconut or other plant-based milk for the cream, you can transform them into mouth-watering, vegan cookies that will fill your kitchen with the aroma of Christmas.

Another family favorite, Real Ginger Cookies, also translates nicely into vegan cookies:
Substitute maple syrup or agave for the honey, once again coconut or other oil for the butter, and ¼ cup applesauce plus ½ teaspoon baking powder for the egg. Yum!

While we’re talking about good things to eat, be sure to check out the Ice Cream section. All the ice cream recipes are dairy-free and can be made vegan as well by one simple substitution. I will confess that my freezer is never without my very favorite flavor: Peppermint Chocolate Chip. My 2- year-old grandson shares this passion with me, and I feel good sharing it with him since it is so wholesome. Don’t even get me going on the toppings...

A key words above is Chocolate. One of my favorite expressions is, ”Chocolate isn’t just for breakfast any more!” For their birthdays my kids usually wanted a chocolate cake, which was fine with me. And my favorite recipe was One Pan Eggless Chocolate Cake. It always came out moist and delicious – and talk about easy to make! Occasionally I’d try a recipe loaded with butter and eggs, but it never compared to this one.  As its name suggests, it’s a natural-born vegan recipe.

After awhile you will get the hang of it and find yourself figuring out your own substitutions where needed. That means that with this healthy cookbook on hand, you can always be sure that you and your family are eating healthy foods that stay within your dietary guidelines.