Super Charge Me Cookies

From Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

Makes about 12 cookies- I usually double it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (NOT instant- use the whole oats!)
  • 2/3 cup spelt flour (you can sub other flours, but lower gluten ones work best- like whole wheat pastry or all-purpose)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (if you don’t like coconut, add an extra tablespoon of oats)
  • 1 cup mix-ins (have fun here! I always use chocolate chips, and I also love pecans, walnuts, chopped peanuts, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (this can also be subbed for melted honey or agave, but it changes the flavor, so play around and figure out what you like)
  • 3 tablespoons nut butter (natural almond butter gives them the best consistency)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (melted coconut oil works too, but again, it changes the taste and texture a bit)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, sea salt, cinnamon, coconut and mix-ins with a fork.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, mix the flax, maple syrup, nut butter, vanilla and oil until all the chunks of nut butter are gone.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry, and stir well until everything is well combined and no dry patches remain.
  5. Use a tablespoon (for small cookies) or a 1/4 measuring cup (for large cookies) to drop the cookies onto the baking sheet. They can be rather close, since the cookies don’t spread much.
  6. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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