noun crav·ing \ˈkrā-viŋ\
Definition of craving
an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing
I woke up this morning with a craving for oatmeal raisin cookies! But I also knew I needed to get some work done to pad my bank account to pay for college … to which I have my Admissions Interview on Tuesday! Fingers crossed!!!
So in between work, I brought up the websites of some of my favorite health/nutrition mentors:
- Joy McCarthy (Joyous Health)
- Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows)
- Dana Shultz (Minimalist Baker)
- Brittany (I Love Vegan)
- Candice Hutchings (The Edgy Veg)
- Jenn (Neurotic Mommy)
- Meghan Telpner (Meghan Telpner)
After reading oatmeal cookie recipes on their sites, I settled on the Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Meghan’s website. I quickly jotted down the ingredients and figured I needed to hit up my local health food store for the necessary flours and coconut sugar.
I did stop by Safeway on my way to the health food store to see if they carried the ingredients and if so, what was the price point. (Un)luckily, Safeway did not carry the flours or sugar … so one more block to walk!
At the health food store, I was able to easily locate the buckwheat and brown rice flours … and it made me think I might have some at home … but I wasn’t willing to walk home to check! So I grabbed one of each, plus a bag of coconut sugar – something I hadn’t cooked/baked with before. (As it turns out, I did have both buckwheat and brown rice flour at home, but they’d been open and unused for so long, that I felt it was better to toss them and start fresh!)
I had included eggs on my grocery list, but thought I should try to follow the base of the recipe as best possible, which means using “chia paste” instead of egg (also – to keep it vegan!) … so no eggs made it into my basket.
I’m very thankful that all of Meghan’s recipes that I’ve attempted thus far have been very clear and easy to follow. In order to make the chia paste, I needed to grind some chia seeds … and I thought of 3 different “appliances” to make this happen:
- Electric spice grinder
- Mortar & pestle
- Vitamix dry container
Starting with the quickest and easiest … the electric spice grinder (a coffee grinder … but I don’t drink coffee, so it’s never had coffee beans in it). This tool was perfect! It took literally seconds and voila! the chia seeds were now a chia powder!
Mixing the powder with warm water quickly created the chia paste and again – it pasted up in mere seconds!
When making this recipe, I followed the base recipe (wet & dry ingredients) but was VERY skeptical as the recipe called for 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened! HALF A CUP!!! Holy Hannah!
The changes I made were:
- Raisins instead of chocolate chips
- Walnuts instead of pecans
- Cornstarch instead of arrowroot starch
- Baked 11 minutes in stead of 15 minutes
After the wet ingredients were added to the dry and thoroughly combined, I was still skeptical as the “batter” was very oily …
I scooped out 5 cookies and spaced them well apart on the parchment-lined baking tray … in case they decided to become 1 cookie! I was very pleased to see the cookies completely held their shape and didn’t spread AT ALL!
I was able to fit the rest of the batter, shaped into cookie balls, on the second tray, so not to take too long with multiple batches.
These cookies have great sweetness, but not overly sweet. The coconut sugar definitely has a different smell/taste/texture than regular granular sugar, but it’s so enjoyable!
I’ve changed the color below to show my changes:
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 serving chia paste*
- ½ cup brown rice flour
- ¼ buckwheat flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
*Chia Paste – 1 tbsp chia seeds, ground … mixed with ¼ cup warm water (now, 1 tbsp of chia seeds yields more than 1 tbsp when ground … I only used 1 tbsp of the ground chia seeds … not sure if that was right, or if I should have used the whole amount of ground seeds!)
Make It Like So
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix together coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and chia paste
- In a separate bowl, mix flours, oats, baking soda, salt, raisins & walnuts
- Add wet into dry and stir until combined
- Using 1-2 tbsp of mixture, form into balls and flattery slightly and place in parchment lined cookie sheet
- Bake for about 10 – 11 minutes, until golden