(Vegan) Cookies At 4300 ft


Giant steel Chinggis overlooking our camp

Well, hello again!

I have been busy. You know, traveling across Canada and then, half way around the world to Mongolia. We have been to Ulaanbaatar for about a month now and one of the most challenging things I have found isn’t the dust, the pollution, finding vegan food (this is easy actually), or the weather ( I don’t know about it yet because it’s summer.)


A few of my students overlooking the Tuul River

Cooking at elevation. What?! Yes. Cooking at 4300 ft is hard. Things boil at about 95 degrees Celsius instead of the “normal” 100. Cooked food cools off much quicker, espresso pressure goes wild, and baking is a whole other game. I haven’t had much time to experiment not only because my new job is challenging but also because we’ve been pretty busy with numerous outings with colleagues. However, this Sunday was ours. We decided not to leave the amazing apartment but to stay in and enjoy a relaxing¬† Sunday. I decided to bake. It was a success to my surprise. Here’s what I made.

Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut



  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dark cane sugar
  • 1 chia “egg”
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used a Russian chocolate bar)
  • 2 teaspoons oat milk



Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used foil because it seems to be impossible to find parchment paper in UB)

1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Mix the oil, sugar, chia “egg”, oat milk,¬† as well as the almond extract in a food processor on high until the sugar has melted.

3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix until well-incorporated.

4. Add the coconut and the chocolate chunks and mix until everything in evenly distributed.

5. Spoon 1 tbsps worth of cookie mixture onto the baking sheet and bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 8-9 minutes.



I liked them, Chris liked them. I dealt with the new oven and elevation. Next time I will add only about 1 cup of flour because I like cookies to be more chewy. These turned out to be quite stiff. So, here you are my friends. I am officially back on the blog-o-sphere. I will try to make more food for the blog, as well as discover vegan finds around this city. As you may know, Mongolia is a culture of meat. It is kind of hard to find restaurants that accommodate vegetarians. Vegans, what’s that?¬† So, I will make it my mission to find good vegan/vegetarian food around town.

I would like to add that Mongolian meat is incredible. You can literally see your dinner grazing in the fields. The fruits and vegetable are equally incredible because Mongolia hasn’t caught on the whole pesticide and GMO thing. I wish they never do.


Gers and Chinggis

Goodbye for now. I will be back more often now that I have my own bed to sleep in.

Love and light


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