Vegan Freezer Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & 10 Things Curvy People Have to Deal With [RECIPE]
Good Afternoon Everyone!
How are you doing today? I truly hope you’re well. Today’s blog post is going to be a bit rambly, so I apologize in advance. I had one recipe to share with you, but then life happened and I ended up making this one. It turns out that this freezer cookie dough was so good that I thought, “oh I have to share this now!” and here I am! 🙂 Hi! But before I gush to you about everything cookie dough, I want to rant for a moment about weight loss, being overweight, and things skinny people just don’t understand. Now for all those new to my blog, Hi! 😀 Welcome! Thanks for being here!
I’ve been struggling with weight issues my entire life. So that’s 33 years of dieting, fretting, starving, etc. Then 2 years ago I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 112 lbs. Now most people would go, “wow! That’s amazing!”. And it is… except… I still have more to lose. (Believe it or not!). Which leads me to my rant today. Being a larger woman for all of my life, I’ve seen other obese people struggle with things that I have too… and my heart aches for them, because I get it. Let me explain…
- Chairs. For skinny people, you sit down in a chair. Not for us curvy people. I’m going to use curvy and not fat. Because we all know that calling someone fat is the equivalent of slapping them in the face. So, chairs. Being bigger, when I think of a chair my first thought is, “will I fit? what are the dimensions? Oh gosh I hope my hips fit in there!”. It’s just a reality of being plus sized.
- Heat and sweat are NOT our friend. I have yet to meet a larger person who loves the summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sun on my face. But heat? Oh, no thank you. Why? Because being bigger means sweat, sweat, sweat. Not fun. We have to double up on showers in the summer time to stay fresh. I’ve always wondered, “do skinny people sweat buckets in the summertime too?”.
- Being thought that we eat a truck ton. News flash: not every curvy person eats like a cow! In fact, I’m a Vegan. And no, I don’t eat processed Vegan food. (Though admittedly I have tried it, and some of it is awesome!). But normally… I eat food just like everyone else: fruit, vegetables, tofu, rice. So how did I get this big? Years and years of eating the wrong kinds of food.
- Crowds. Now I don’t like crowds anyway, but being a bigger person means always having that nagging fear of bumping into people or being judged. In fact, I was once at a Britney Spears concert when I was 16. The girl I was with, and I got up dancing to her music when all of a sudden three rows back we heard some guys laughing loudly. When I turned around they said, “You cows need to sit down!”. I was mortified and promptly sat down for the rest of the concert. It happens. Sadly, obesity makes many people hide indoors.
- Thinking fat people can’t look sexy. Okay, gone are the days when our only option was wal-mart or Target. Plus sized men and women can look drop-dead gorgeous and dressed to the nines thanks to many companies stepping up to make things that fit and are totally cute! (Thank you torrid!!).
- A normal ache or pain can be a huge cause for concern. Now I may not get a lot of sympathy here from skinny people, but if you’re bigger and a weird ache or pain happens…. sometimes we tend to freak out. Why? Because we know we’re at risk for more ailments! We’re not stupid, nor do we want to hurt ourselves through food. So the next time you see someone in a motorized grocery cart or hobbling along… smile. Yes, smile at them. Give them the nicest, warmest, kindest smile you can do. Because life is hard enough being larger, at least they’re out there moving around as best as they can.
- Big people can’t have sex. Total myth! Let me shoot this one down right now. Without getting into too much detail… let’s just say that pillows make a world of difference between the sheets. If you want to bust out the kama sutra with your partner, do it! If a position is difficult to get into, push some pillows under your body for leverage and go to town! 🙂 Trust me, it works.
- Larger people are dirty. Uh… no we’re not. Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ll say that as a curvy woman I shower daily, brush my teeth several times a day, in fact… I’m a bit neurotic in keeping my nails super trimmed and clean. So yes, that is also a myth and sadly a stigma since apparently skinny people think that larger people are “gross”.
- Larger people can just “stop” getting fat. Oh this one radiates and bothers me to my core. Look, if weight loss was easy it wouldn’t be a billion-dollar industry. And just because someone is larger doesn’t mean that they are simply big. There could be a number of health issues that prevent a person from losing weight like other people. Is a healthy diet and regular exercise the “right way” to do things? Well, I think so. But I also wouldn’t be in the place I am today without having 3/4 of my stomach removed from my body. So to each their own 🙂
- Lastly, being big will hurt your career chances. While I have heard that sometimes employers will not hire someone who is larger if a candidate of the same caliber who happens to be skinnier also applies…. I can’t believe that this is totally true. I’ve seen many people who are curvy across all industries. So in sum, no matter what that scale says don’t let your weight stop you, or define who you are. At the end of the day all that matters is how healthy you are!
And now, let’s talk about cookie dough!
I used to have a massive sweet tooth before my weight loss surgery. But since then, I pick and choose carefully how much sugar I intake. As such, I like to have something sweet that isn’t too rich, but just hits the spot. This vegan cookie dough does just that. Now, I’m going to level with you: when it comes to cookie dough I’m really picky. Nothing ruffles my feathers more when I bake up a batch of cookies only for it to taste like a coconut chocolate chip cookie. (I had that experience recently). And look, I love coconut… but sometimes I want normal cookie dough! You know, that rich, gooey, delicious chunks of cookie dough that we all swoon over. Yes, that’s what I want! But, uh… make it vegan please, okay?
It was a tall order and I promise I tried to Google this recipe, but alas I couldn’t find a freezer cookie dough that was vegan. So, I got to work in the kitchen and this dough was born! It’s not overly sweet. The usual stick of butter was replaced with Earth Balance spread. I used almond milk and brown sugar to bring it all together… and it was simply divine. Now whenever I need something sweet I can whip out a tablespoon, take a bite, and have just enough of that pure bliss to tide me over until I need a tablespoon more. This recipe is fantastic and I hope you enjoy it too! Have a wonderful evening everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
Vegan Freezer Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Yields: About 2 cups
- 8 tablespoons Earth Balance Spread
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Cream the vegan butter and sugar together in a stand mixer.
- Add in the vanilla extract and salt. Mix until well combined.
- Next add in the flour and almond milk and mix well.
- Finally add in the chocolate chips. Pour into a freezer-friendly food storage and freeze for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!