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I have been hearing much debate about this topic, but most have claimed that oreos are in fact actually already vegan. For the sake of this blog post, I decided to take a look around to confirm this. Peta UK and Huffington Post, two I would deem as reputable sources of information, both included this fact in their 44 Accidentally Vegan Snack Foods and 12 Surprising Vegan Foods posts, respectively. However, Oreo UK states in their FAQ page that “oreo is not suitable for vegans as they have the cross contact of milk.” I could not find a statement from the US branch of the company but I did see that oreos contain palm oil, and that was a red flag to turn away.
Regardless if they are or not, in the end, we shouldn’t be eating this ‘food’. Just take a look at the ingredients: sugar, unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, high oleic canola and palm oil), cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, leavening, cornstarch, salt, soy lecithin, vanillin (artificial flavor) and chocolate. Hell to the no thank you. My ingredients are not only simple, but also contain whole food ingredients, stuff that you can pronounce, identify, and benefit from consuming.Although my recipe is not identical in flavor to this traditional cookie, it is meant to be my healthy twist on a classic favorite. I used to scarf down oreos like there was no tomorrow, and now with this recipe, I can do just that…all of them 😉I had so much fun putting this recipe together, the anticipation of finally being able to go back to an old favorite of mine, in a healthier form was exciting. While these bake, your home will smell not only like chocolate, but like brownies! I swear. And to my surprise, these cookies were light and fluffy, as opposed to a traditional crunchy oreo. I actually prefer the former, because when I ate the cookies, I did too feel light (and fluffy, hehe). Make sure you tag me on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan or twitter @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of my recipes, I love to see your photos!Print