Oatmeal Cookies Recipe with all the Fixin’s! Gluten-Free-Friendly and Vegan-Friendly
Posted on 5th of June, 2013 by Lévana
Photo courtesy of www.oregonlive.com
This gem of a recipe does all my bidding: added nuts and seeds, gluten-free, vegan, different kinds of oil, you name it! I use the recipe in a dozen permutations and get a different cookie each time, all fun and exciting. They are so crunchy you can crumble them and use them as granola (in fact as often as not, this is the way I make my granola, believe it or not I find it easier that way) over yogurt. Couldn’t live without them! Don’t even bother with a mixer: All ingredients aboard, mix, that’s the whole story! Here’s just one variation right here for you, one of my favorites: Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Occasionally I have an urge to eat more of them than is good for me, and I forgo a whole meal so I can splurge and have four or five of them instead, with a cup of tea. In this case, I conveniently call them lunch: They are real food!
Worried you won’t be able to keep your hands off’em? Store them out of sight, in the freezer. No need to wait for them to defrost: Cookies never freezer solid!
2 eggs (Vegan: substitute 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed with 1/3 cup warm water)
¾ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar or Sucanat
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free: make sure it is clearly stated on the container)
1 cup flour: all-purpose, whole wheat pastry, spelt, or gluten-free
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
1½ teaspoons allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly by hand. Drop by heaping teaspoons on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 1 inch apart.
Flatten them slightly with your hand. Bake one sheet at a time. Bake 18 minutes. The texture will be crisp. Leave one baked cookie out for a few minutes to cool: If it is not perfectly crisp, return the cookies in the oven to crisp 1 to 2 more minutes. Store at room temperature in a cookie tin. Makes about 4 dozen.
Variations: Short and sweet selection please!
- Use flax oil or coconut oil or other nut oil instead of vegetable oil.
- Use all Sucanat and no white sugar: total 1¼ cups. You can substitute maple sugar or date sugar: It will be delicious but more expensive.
- Throw in 1 cup of unsweetened grated coconut.
- Throw in ½ cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, etc.) or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flax, poppy, chia, hemp, etc.).
- Throw in ½ cup raisins, cranberries, or other dry fruit, larger ones chopped.
- Play with different spices. Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg.
- Throw in 2 cups best-quality chocolate chips. In this case, lower the sugar in the basic recipe to 1 cup total.