Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I find there are always two kinds of snackers: the salty snackers and the sweet snackers. There are those who will eat a bag of chips, a bag of pretzels, some seven layer dip and french fries without hesitation. And there are those who will eat a carton of Halloween sized candy bars before lunch. It's okay, we've all been there. While it's not a bad view from either of those camps, I know if I could have any snack in the world it would be a cookie. The flavour and texture combinations are endless, and they are the perfect vessel for both healthy and not so healthy ingredients. This recipe, adapted from Yeah... Imma Eat That, is a great way to curb both the sweet and salty cravings. For this recipe you'll need:
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick cook oats (whatever you have on hand)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 tsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup raisins, tightly packed
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
2. Add the maple syrup, apple sauce and vegetable oil right into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Mix in the raisins, seeds and chocolate chips. If the dough needs a little more moisture to hold together with all the extras, add in more oil a teaspoon at a time until it reaches a stickier consistency.
4. Roll the dough into small balls and press down slightly as these ones won't spread out. But don't make them too thin as they will dry out. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the bottom of the cookies is a nice golden brown.
As I am a fan of the loaded with all of the possible additives cookie, I added much more than the raisins it called for. It's like trail mix in cookie form. Plus, they're vegan, meaning eating the cookie dough is safe and completely acceptable, encouraged really.
What are your favourite ingredients to add into cookies? Do you prefer a classic chocolate chip or do you like throwing the pantry into the mixing bowl?