I have a confession to make… I’m boycotting Valentine’s Day. *cue dramatic gasp*
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may even recall last Valentine’s Day, when I officially dubbed February 14th “Violin-tine’s Day.” (Note to self: Totally making that more of a thing again this year.)
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Sarah, you’re just a crotchety ol’ Scrooge because you’re 22-for-22 at being single on Valentine’s Day. Well, OK, that last part might technically be true. In reality though, I am actually a huge romantic and a total sucker for the cheesiest lovey-dovey things! Eating my food and telling me I’m pretty usually does the trick too, though. I’m not difficult to please. (Edit: I’m actually pretty difficult to please. Maybe that’s why I’m 22 for 22…)
For me though, true romance is unconditional, and there’s something about having a holiday specifically for it that just feels forced. You know wha’m sayin’? I truly believe that showing someone else how much you care should be an all-the-time thing, and needs no occasion. Regardless of how you show it, every day should be like Valentine’s day.
Not to mention, the holiday does kind of put a lot of undue pressure on single folk. I have friends who really dread Valentine’s Day, and THAT makes me sad more than anything. I also get it, because I used to feel the same way.
So that’s why I say, celebrate self-love this Valentine’s Day! Regardless of who you choose to date, marry, etc., only you get to spend your whole life with you. Just like only you get to eat this cookie pie.
Aaaand so, that was my long winded way of explaining why I made you a recipe for one. And it is a reallllly good one. This is the gooiest cookie pie ever, and you’ll never know it’s egg and dairy free.
So I say, make and eat a whole freakin’ cookie pie by yourself this Valentine’s Day (or, any day). Then top it with some dairy-free ice cream, because why the heck not. This cookie pie will be there waiting just for you, because you deserve it. Also, because it’s vegan (and gluten free), that pretty much means it’s healthy by default. Right? Usually wrong. But today, right.
And if you are planning to spend your Valentine’s Day with someone special, you could just as easily double the recipe. Why split a dessert when you can each have your own? Everybody’s happy, and nobody has to fight over who gets to eat what part or who gets the last bite. See? I’m saving relationships everywhere.
Gooey Cookie Pie for One (Vegan)
Because you deserve a dessert all to yourself.
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 Tbs. dairy free chocolate chips
- 1 Tbs. chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Combine flour, salt, pecans, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil.
- Mix wet ingredients into flour mixture.
- Grease a wide, shallow ramekin. Pour batter into ramekin and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until set in the center.
- Serve with a small scoop of dairy-free ice cream of your choice, if desired. (And trust me... You desire.)