It is amazing what love can develop when the options are limited. I’ve learned a lot about the power of proximity in the formation of most strong relationships. When I was living in Calgary, I fell in love with every product that said “vegan” simply because they were so rare. Grocery shopping there was nothing like my experiences in Toronto. Here you can stand for an hour trying to decide which brand of soymilk to purchase – there, if I found one on the shelf I would become devoted to its deliciousness (cognitive dissonance my friends). I remember the day I saw the word “vegan” on cookies prepared by a local baker. They were called “”sweet potato pow cookies. I loved them immediately – my partner thought they were weird. I didn’t care if they were weird – they were vegan!
I have never forgotten these cookies. When Kim and Ricki announced that sweet potato would be the selected ingredient for this month’s SOS kitchen challengeI decided the time was right to try to recreate this interesting treat. My version doesn’t contain any flour or refined sugar, so it is quite a twist on the original.
I was really happy with the result. I don’t know if you’ll think they’re delicious (you might think they’re weird) but they really do taste a lot like the ones I devoured while writing my Masters thesis in a tiny apartment in Calgary.
If you prefer baked cookies you can certainly add to the base recipe I created a little whole wheat pastry flour, agave, baking soda and baking powder.