My Path to Green: Step 2 – Vegan Cooking & Cookies

Hello everyone,

I am continuing my "My Path to Green" this week by learning all about Vegan and Vegetarian cooking. I was inspired by Mark Reinfeld‘s Go Green with Vegan Cuisine, he had some crazy statistics about the difference between a animal based diet vs. a plant based diet:

  • A UN report entitled “Livestock’s Long Shadow” indicates that livestock production contributes to more greenhouse gasses than the entire worlds transportation industry combined.
  • The average carbon emissions from an animal product based diet are 11 tons per year per person. The average emissions on a plant-based diet are 6 tons per year.
  • It takes approximately 3 ½ acres of land and 2500 gallons of water a day to support an animal product based diet. A plant-based diet utilizes only 1/6 of an acre of land and 300 gallons of water a day.
  • According to the USDA, 1 acre of land can produce 20,000 pounds of vegetables. This same amount of land can only produce 165 pounds of meat.

Aren’t these insane. I don’t think I have it in me to go completely vegan or vegetarian yet but its all about small steps and starting small. When I saw Mark’s Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, I knew I had to give Vegan baking a try.

Here is the recipe if you want to try with me 🙂

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
25 minutes prep/15 minute cook / 8 large cookies
Dry Ingredients
2 cups  spelt flour
1 cup vegan chocolate chips- try sunspire brand
1 cup walnuts – chopped
¾ cup rolled oats
½ tsp. sea salt
¾ tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
Wet Ingredients
2/3 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup canola oil
2 Tbl. filtered water
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.  Place dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.  Combine wet ingredients in another large bowl.  Add wet to dry and mix well.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 
2. Place 8 scoops on a well oiled baking sheet and flatten slightly with hand. Space evenly so cookies have room to spread.
3. Bake until golden brown, approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool before enjoying
Mine were delicious and tasted even better because I knew they were healthy and good for our planet. Here are some more great recipes from Mark:

I hope you will all set an intent to cook something vegan this week! For more information visit

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  1. I watched this with Tara and Leela and now they want to make Vegan mint chocolate chip cookies tomorrow!

  2. Wow, sounds like a great recipe. Mallika, I want to try it too! I can't believe that meat consumption is THAT harmful for the environment. So many things to consider in our daily lives, but I am going to make some tweaks to my slightly carnivorous habits. Thank you.

  3. I love how easy it is to do something great for the environment. Something as simple as replacing 1-2 meals/week with a vegan dish, such as hummus or tomato pie, can save more water than not showering for an entire year! While I'm a vegetarian and have been for some time, one doesn't necessarily have to make a drastic, overnight step to a vegetarian or vegan diet to make a drastic difference. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. reading this RIGHT before lunch time is painful— in a good way. time to start baking this weekend!

  5. Great Site!! I really enjoy reading it! I love how easy it is to do something herbal vaporizer great for the environment. Something as simple as replacing 1-2 meals/week with a vegan dish, such as hummus or tomato pie, can save more water than not showering for an entire year! Thanks for the comment and for sharing the news.

  6. Really great nice recipe! By the way i like the way you differentiated the animal based diet and plant based diet particularly on amount of water. we really Nesting Dolls need to save the water. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  7. Who does not like good food, but at times when you tell people that I love eating just salads with my food people find it rather indigestible.

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  8. I believe there is money to be made by making them and selling them. Is it illegal to sell recipe of cookies! Also, if i place ads in a local newspaper advertising them, do i still have to do all the legal steps as far as starting home business, taxes, food licenses?

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  9. I cannot wait to try your mint chocolate chip cookie vegan recipe. My wife and I are always looking for new vegan recipes, and this is one that we do not have, and should be great! Thanks for sharing with us.RO Systems

  10. I love cooking and baking myself but at times its not possible to me to be at the job get back home and prepare food and complete the kitchen cleaning and also help the kids. We all understand that if you are a professional and employed full time its hard to do the home stuff too. Living in Houston I usually order food online thanks to the wonderful services of which allows me to place food delivery order for a Houston food delivery  . So by the time I reach home from office the food is ready to serve. You have to simplify things in life.


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