Beach weekend and healthy oatmeal raisin cookies (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free)

Happy start of the week everyone!

I had a fantastic weekend filled with talented friends, musicians, and artists. Together with friends, I celebrated the first beach day with some white wine sangria.

Orange, lemon, apple, and blueberries.

Cheers to good times!

This weekend was one of the best I’ve had here on Jeju. Thanks to wonderful company!

As we approach the end of the P90X journey, I find myself thinking about dessert more and more each day. However, we made a pact and I am not allowed to cheat just yet. This is where the next creation comes from. Soft, homey oatmeal raisin cookies. I remember when I was working at a coffee shop as a university student my favorite treat was the cafe’s oatmeal raisin cookie. Some days I would actually only look forward to that cookie. Forget work! You can then imagine my horror when one day I decided to look at the back of the package only to discover the CRAZY amount of sugar it contained. I was reminded of this day when I was thinking of making a healthy cookie this past weekend.

Ingredients:

1/2 c oatmeal, ground into rough flour

1/2 c almond flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 3/4 c old fashioned oats

1/2 c raisins

1 banana

1/2 c soy milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tsp ground chia seeds

(Add 1/2 tsp of stevia for sweetness. I didn’t because I didn’t want a sweet cookie. I think most people would prefer sweet cookie though. Alternatively, you can add 1/3 c of agave to keep things healthy)

After:

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 175 degree Celsius. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients except for 1 3/4 c of oats in a bowl.
  2. In a food processor, pulse banana, milk, vanilla, and chia seeds until a uniform texture is achieved.
  3. Combine the dry and the wet ingredients. Add the oats and the raisins. Mix. If the mixture is too dry add some milk, if it is too wet add more oats.
  4. Scoop about 1 tsp of cookie dough and press lightly. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges should be brown.

When I first tried the cookie I wasn’t impressed. It was bland and just…not exciting. However, as I let the cookies cool more, they somehow developed more flavor. The raisins sweetened and provided a good balance for the cookies. This is not a dessert cookie but rather a breakfast cookie or a snack cookie that you can eat before a workout. I replaced all the butter and eggs with banana and chia seeds. This cookie is great as a pre-workout snack because it provides a good amount of protein in the oatmeal and almond flour. Oatmeal also takes care of the much needed energy before a workout in the form of carbohydrates. Raisins can be substituted with nuts or cranberries.

Next time I will indulge and add some agave. I am eager to try using xylitol. Have any of you out there tried baking with it? What were your experiences?

I wish you a wonderful week filled with sunshine!

Maria

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10 Comments

  1. Alex

     /  June 13, 2012

    Ok, ok. I give up. I’m going to visit you there. Please stop teasing me. :)

    Reply
  2. Natalie

     /  August 21, 2012

    hi! how many cookies did the recipe make?

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  3. These look wonderful. I love the no added sugar, chia seeds, and complex carbs! Too much sugar has a tendency to ruin recipes for me. I’m going to have to make these very soon, thanks for the lovely recipe :)

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    • I agree! Too much sugar is overwhelming. Though I would have loved just a tiny bit of sweetness here. They were definitely not dessert type cookies.

      Reply
  4. Trish

     /  September 24, 2012

    Is it 1/2 cup of almond flour?

    Reply
  5. Andy D

     /  November 24, 2012

    Hi Maria- I got it in my mind that I want to make cookies once a week, so I began a hunt for vegan, no-sugar-added ones and got steered here. (I believe that fruits like bananas and raisins and apples have sufficient sugar by themselves and that cookies do not need an extra cup (or two or three) of some refined sweetener when the fruit is plenty sweet.)

    Anyway, your recipe looks exactly like what I was hoping to find, so I’m gonna give it a whirl. Thank you for sharing this!

    Reply
    • Andy, I completely agree! These cookies aren’t the dessert type but still so good! I’d eat them in the morning or an afternoon snack. They are super for that extra energy kick we need then! I hope you like them.

      Reply

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