Friday, November 09, 2007

Perfect Pumpkin Pregnancy Cookies!

Or, as Isa likes to call them in VWaV, Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies.I'd bought some pumpkin a while back, knowing I wanted to make something but not sure, exactly, what that something would be. A recent discussion with my aunt about where my iron comes from spurred these delicious, chewy cookies.

In consulting Becoming Vegan, I refreshed my memory as to what the best sources of iron are for a vegan. This recipe is loaded with just such sources:

walnuts, 100g = 2.4 mg iron (also high in omega-3's and protein)
blackstrap molasses, 1 Tblsp = 3.6 mg iron (an iron powerhouse!)
raisins, 1/4 cup = .9-1.1 mg iron
oats, 1/2 cup = .8mg iron
even pumpkin has more than most meat sources! 1 cup cooked = 1.4 mg iron
(granted, the myth that meat is the best source for iron is surely not lost on anyone reading this, but i was a little shocked to find that only liver and organ meat (ew!) contain substantially more iron than non-meat sources. things like milk, cheese, chicken, and salmon each contain less than 1mg of iron per serving!)

So there ya have it! Want to put a little more iron in your diet? Make these amazingly good cookies and be sure to eat more than one! Yeah, that shouldn't be a problem ;)

21 comments:

aimee said...

Thanks for the reminder! I haven't made these cookies in a while. Now I'm totally craving them! Good thing I have the afternoon free as I recall the recipe makes a lot!
Glad to hear you are feeling well enough to eat more! And many congratulations!
Aimee

Vegan_Noodle said...

Those look yummy, love your new name for them! Thanks for the iron information. Have you been getting lots of questions about where you're getting your nutrients from? Hopefully you have a supportive ob. I refer back to Becoming Vegan often as well, it's good to be armed with information!

Have another cookie for me :-)

VeggieGirl said...

YUM!!! I'm definitely NOT pregnant, but wow these cookies sound great!! Oh and I'm glad to hear that you're consulting 'Becoming Vegan' - that's the book that helped me make the full transition from vegetarianism to veganism :0)

Episcopollyanna said...

Those look so good. I'm anemic right now (following chemo and some other nasty medical stuff) and if I could eat yummy cookies to get more iron in my diet, uh, that would be great. :)

Vivacious Vegan said...

Those cookies are winners at my house. Whenever I make a batch I completely overlook the fact that the recipe make 4 dozen. Yikes! I really need to start halfing it because by the time I'm through with them I've had enough. And a little while later the whole cycle starts over again!

Thanks for the iron info. Very interesting!

Melody Polakow said...

Cookies look awesome! ... and what a great reason to eat them!

aTxVegn said...

Keep your strength up with those cookies! I haven't made those in a while. They look so good!

textual bulldog said...

these cookies look great and congratulations on your baby!

Funky Smith said...

Those look amazing!

Happy Herbivore said...

these are my new fave cookies -- I followed VWAV too, but used whole wheat pastry flour and applesauce to "healthify" and they were awesome!! I sent them off to a pregnant friend on your suggestion!!

http://happyherbivore.blogspot.com/

SaraJane said...

Yum! I made those once and was in such heaven. I didn't realize they had so much iron in them. Thanks for remind me to make them again.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

these cookies sounds so yummy.

vko said...

OMG- I am sooooo behind on blog reading. Congratulations! Those cookies look perfect for mommy & baby. Yay yay yay- really thrilled for you- wishing you all the best.

VKO

Happy Herbivore said...

okay another comment by me! I'm a comment hog.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=70

that lists the foods with the most iron -- only one meat makes the cut! GO VEGGIES!

VeganWitch said...

Oh, I made these from the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook just a couple of weeks ago! They are INCREDIBLE!!

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Anonymous said...

Where is the recipe? I don't see it.

Lilita Rayne said...

Only the healthy food ensures successful pregnancy or labor, and these cookies are very useful for pregnant women.