Two nights ago Quest was surprised by a blanket of white snow that enveloped campus. Skiers bounded off to Whistler to shred some fresh pow, snowmen were built, and snowball fights were had. My friend Amar and I decided that today would be the perfect day to relax and do some baking. She found a recipe for vegan gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip chickpea cookies (try saying that three times fast!). In the afternoon, when snow was lightly falling, I made my way up to Red Tusk to begin baking. Red Tusk is comprised of single-room residences. Each floor has two community kitchens available for use. In the villages, which are condo-style residences that house two people per room with four people per condo-unit, there is one kitchen per building.
First years must be on a full meal plan, and upper years living in the villages or red tusk have to be on at least a half meal plan because there are not full kitchens in the rooms.
It’s great that Quest has such well-maintained kitchens that are available for use. There are often potlucks held in the kitchens and people baking for their friends and classmates. It also enables students who are not on a full meal plan to cook even if they don’t have a full-kitchen in their room, and even students who are on a full meal plan to cook for themselves from time to time. I always have fun cooking and even just hanging out in the community kitchens. I always meet new people, mainly upper year students who don’t have full meal plans. We decided to bake in the kitchen on the edge of the third floor with large windows facing the outside so we could watch the snow fall. We turned on some indie music from 8tracks, and got baking.
Recipe for vegan gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip chickpea cookies:
1 1/4 cans canned chickpeas
1/4 cups honey
1/2 cup chocolate chip
5/8 cup peanut butter
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
The kitchen didn’t have a mixer, so we used a magic bullet to blend all the ingredients together.
Preheat over to 350 degrees Celsius, and bake for 10 minutes.