The Neat Egg is pretty awesome if you ask me! Not only is it versatile and can be used in cooking and baking, but it is also only made with two ingredients - chia seeds and garbanzo beans! That means it is totally natural, plus it is gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free, and, of course, vegan! It comes in a dry mix, and to replace one egg you just mix together one tablespoon of the Neat Egg with two tablespoons of water and add to your recipe! It's so easy and it is a fantastic binder!
To try out the Neat Egg in baking, I decided to make good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies (with a twist, as you'll see and have probably guessed from the title of this post). I decided to use a non-vegan recipe and veganized it as I went along. As a kid, I baked a lot with my grandma, who had this huge Betty Crocker cookbook. So, I decided to go with Betty's chocolate chip recipe, I just subbed out the eggs with the Neat Egg and the butter with Earth Balance. And then I realized I had a bag of Dandies mini marshmallows and decided to throw those in as well and make s'mores cookies, cuz why not?!
The Neat Egg worked extremely well with baking these cookies! In fact, and I do not say this lightly, it is the best egg replacement I've used in vegan baking! It works so much better than applesauce (which is what I primarily use in baking to replace eggs), bananas, or other egg replacements. The Neat Egg worked wonderfully and completely mimicked eggs in baking. My cookies have never come out so freaking perfect!
S'mores cookies made with the Neat Egg, chocolate chips and
Dandies mini vegan marshmallows!
I cannot wait to try the Neat Egg in other baking recipes, and I seriously want to go out and buy a pallet of this stuff just so I always have it on-hand. I wholeheartedly recommend it, and it is easily found with other Neat products at Target or at your local health food store. You can also order it online directly from Neat's online store!
Mmmmmmm biting into this S'mores cookie is
like getting a big, warm hug!
And now for that s'mores cookie recipe I promised! You can find the original chocolate chip recipe from Betty Crocker HERE, and my veganized, s'more-ified recipe below:
S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup organic coconut sugar (I use the kind from Trader Joe's)
3/4 cup packed organic brown sugar (I use the kind from Trader Joe's)
1 cup Earth Balance vegan butter, slightly softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Neat Egg (1 tablespoon of Neat Egg + 2 tablespoons of water)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Dairy Free Chocolate DREAM Semi Sweet Baking Chips), or more or less to your liking
1/4 cup Dandies Vegan Mini Marshmallows, or more or less to your liking
Heat oven to 375ºF. Place parchment paper (or Silpat Silicone Baking Mat) on two cookie sheets.
Make the Neat Egg in a large bowl. Add both types of sugar, Earth Balance and vanilla and mix all together.
Add the flour and baking soda to the bowl and mix everything together until all blended.
Stir in the chocolate chips and the Dandies mini marshmallows (add more or less to your liking). Careful not to have too many marshmallows in each cookie, as they will expand during baking! Usually one or two mini marshmallows per rounded tablespoon of cookie dough will do it!
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, onto cookie sheets covered with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, keeping the cookies about 2 inches apart
Bake 8 to 10 minutes until light brown (the marshmallows will puff up to 2x their original size...this is okay! Don't panic!).
Let cool for about 5 or so minutes or until the marshmallows deflate, then transfer to wire racks to cool further.
Best enjoyed warm, but will still be good for a few days (if they last that long) if stored in an airtight container.
The perfect cookie - slightly crispy on the outside, just moist
enough on the inside with a good crumble - all thanks to
the Neat Egg!
These s'mores cookies have a delicious taste and texture that I think is owed in large part to the Neat Egg. It's truly a wonderful product and I truly look forward to continuing to use it in baking as well as cooking.
For more info, please visit Neat's site, www.eatneat.com!
Vegan Cuts is offering a great deal on a 3-pack of the Neat Egg HERE!