Tonight I am taking a meal to friends of mine who just had a baby boy less than a week ago. I wanted to include dessert. I had some oatmeal on hand and decided to make cookies so I googled vegan oatmeal cookies and came across this site: http://parispastry.blogspot.com/2010/08/vegan-oatmeal-cookies.html
I adapted them to ingredients I had on hand and they are incredible.
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies Recipe: adapted from Alicia Silverstone – The Kind Diet
– 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
– 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
– ⅓ cup maple sugar (white sugar or brown sugar can be substituted)
– 2 tsp. baking powder
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– ¼ tsp. fine sea salt
– ⅓ cup organic maple syrup
– ½ cup safflower oil (or canola oil)
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I used our own homemade vanilla extract)
– 1 tsp. cinnamon
– ¼ cup chopped dried fruit, like raisins or plums
– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
– In large mixer add the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the syrup, oil and vanilla extract. Incorporate ingredients using a low setting on the mixer. Then gently mix/fold in the dried fruit.
– Using your hands, roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops. Bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.
– For variety, replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour, barley flour, spelt flour, or a gluten-free baking mix (choose one that does not include baking soda and baking powder). You can also substitute vegan chocolate chips for the dried fruit and add nuts to this. Walnuts would be incredible in this recipe.