There’s just one lonely cookie in the photo, because all the rest had been eaten before I had a chance to take a picture (actually, I didn’t take the picture, I made my husband do it before he could eat the last cookie.)
In 5 recipes every vegan should have, I mentioned a “healthy cookie” recipe. I have been tweaking this one for a while, and I think I have finally perfected it! I served these to a group of non-vegans at a playdate last week, and both mamas and toddlers loved them.
These cookies are sugar-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and of course vegan. They also include some great beneficial foods, like dates (iron, potassium), pumpkin seeds (zinc), flax seeds (omega-3s), and oatmeal (fiber).
And with all that, they actually taste good!
- 12-15 (pitted) medjool dates
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- handful of pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I like hemp best but others work too)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 flax eggs (Mix 2 tbsp ground flax seeds with 4 tbsp water, stir, and let chill in the fridge for a couple of minutes)
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- raisins or other chopped dried fruit (or nuts) to add in
Preheat the oven to 350.
Prepare the flax eggs and let them sit in the fridge while you put the dates, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, non-dairy milk, and vanilla into a Vitamix or other high-power blender. Then add the flax eggs, they should be chilled enough by then. Blend.
Pour the mixture into a bowl, and add the oatmeal, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and raisins. Stir.
Use a tablespoon to form into cookies on a baking sheet. This recipe should make about 24-28 cookies.
Bake at 350 for 14 minutes.
- You can buy ground flax seeds, or you can buy them whole and grind your own. Make sure to keep them in the fridge or freezer. I buy mine in bulk and keep them in the freezer, then I grind about a cup at a time and keep them in the fridge for use in baking or smoothies (the grinder I use has a detachable cup with lid so I just use that to store the ground seeds).
- If you don’t have a Vitamix, you can probably use an immersion blender or similar. I would just blend the dates with the hemp milk and then add everything else. Soaking them overnight in the milk might make this easier. (Also you might want to skip the pumpkin seeds unless you want that texture, since they probably wouldn’t blend well.)
- Give these to the little ones! I can’t tell you how beneficial all of these foods are to a growing body and brain. And Z loves them. He asks for “cookie! cookie!” whenever I have them around. I feel slightly like I am putting one over on him. Same as when I give him a Lara bar and call it a candy bar. I suppose someone will shatter his reality someday, but for now I am in charge. Also: these travel really well so they’re great for throwing in your diaper bag to have a super-healthy snack on hand.