Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Heart Recipe and Delicious Enjoy Life Chocolate Treats

I received a mouthwatering package of chocolate goodies from Enjoy Life this week. With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I went to work right away to create a tantalizing dessert using Enjoy Life's new 69% Cacao Dark Chocolate Morsels.

I have long been a fan of Enjoy Life's Mini Chips as well as their Mega Chunks. They are great for baking and even eating right out of the bag. (My daughter can attest to that!)

The new morsels are a regular-size chip, meaning Enjoy Life now has mini, regular and mega options for all your baking needs. Better still, all of these options are free from gluten and the eight most common allergens, including dairy, wheat, peanuts, soy and eggs. Enjoy Life products are made in a dedicated facility and use no artificial anything. That's good news.

The same can be said for Enjoy Life's delicious line of chocolate bars. So it's easy to give chocolate to loved ones dealing with allergies this Valentine's Day!

Choose from the vegan Boom CHOCO Boom Dark Chocolate bar, the vegan Boom CHOCO Boom Ricemilk/Chocolateriz Chocolate bar or the Boom CHOCO Boom Ricemilk/Chocolateriz Crunch Chocolate bar (contains honey).

If you want to go one step further and bake a special goodie for your loved one, try creating this easy, vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Heart. It's modified from my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe from How it all Vegan. You'll need to cram the dough into a heart-shaped pan, producing thick bars rather than cookies.

This recipe creates a very sweet treat, but you can lighten up on the sugar and chocolate chips a bit if you prefer. As you can see, I actually loaded more chocolate on top in the form of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels melted with a bit of soy milk. I clearly didn't take the time to drizzle it on in any sort of pretty fashion. I'm afraid I find it too difficult to wait for a chocolatey treat.

This recipe is perfect to try out on those people who distrust vegan recipes. You would never know it's vegan! And it's super quick and easy to make. So serve these bars to your skeptical friends this Valentine's Day.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Heart

by Joann MacDonald
Cook Time: 20 to 25 mins
Keywords: bake nut-free vegan chocolate chips bars
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups light spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a heart-shaped baking pan with parchment paper cut to size.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugars, margarine, oil, water and vanilla.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together. Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour mixture into prepared pan. Use a spatula to spread evenly.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden all over. Let cool before turning out of pan.

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  1. looks yum! I'm trying to think of what to do, I have a heart shaped cake tin, heart ice cube trays and small individual heart shaped cake pans (I think). last year it was hot so we went out for a treat but this year I'd like to do something at home. So far I haven't thought past using heart cookie cutters to cut out watermelon!

    1. Hmmm....as you know, we are in need of warmth here, so baking is the plan. But I think watermelon would work great. And last year the kids and I had a party and just put popcorn and snacks in heart shape bowls. Enjoy the day!

  2. Delicious! Thank you for the Recipe :)


  3. Oh wow, so pinning this right now...

    1. If you used a gluten-free flour mix with some xanthan gum, it would probably make a nice gluten-free treat Taby. :)