Cookies. Lately in my busy single-mama, working-gal, super-hero-teacher world, I just haven’t had the time for cookies (sadly). I tend to throw the batter into a parchment-lined baking dish, call it a bar, and move along to the next task. But we were craving a good-n-chewy oatmeal cookie. So, I took the “extra” time for these, grabbed my cookie scoop, and dropped the dough like there was no tomorrow. Thankfully there was, and we enjoyed these cookies for at least a day after they were baked until we gobbled them all up.
These cookies are chewy, with almost a granola bar texture. The sunbutter gives them a great nut-like flavor that is reminiscent of peanut butter. Pack them up into your kiddo’s lunch box for a delicious allergy-free treat. Or, if you have a minute to yourself, with a glass of cold vanilla almond milk and plenty of good Vegan Mofo blogs to catch up on.
Sunbutter Oatmeal Chewies
yield: 28 cookies
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons organic brown sugar, packed
1/2 tablespoon alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon tapioca flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup enjoy life brand mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small dish, combine the flax seed meal with the almond milk, stir and set aside. In a large bowl using a strong wire whisk, whisk together the sunflower seed butter with the maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla until very smooth. Add the tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and combine. Add the flax-almond milk mixture and whisk together. Fold in the oats, and then the chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop, or a greased tablespoon, drop the cookies on the parchment lined pan leaving about 2 inches space between them. Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes, checking after 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the baking pans.
Tip: wrap cookies individually in plastic wrap for storage, otherwise cookies may stick together a little bit (but not too bad). Nom away!