In the last few months I have become obsessed with finding healthy muffin recipes so that I can always have wholesome snacks around. But muffins can’t be the only kind of wholesome snack, right? On my lookout for other ideas, and I came across this recipe for “Super-Charge Me! Cookies” on a vegan blog. I am by no means vegan, but the intro for this recipe talked about how the author was looking for a replacement for traditional cookies loaded with sugar, hydrogenated fats, and refined flour, so she developed this recipe as a nutrient-packed alternative for her daughter. Sounded right up my alley, so I decided to give it a closer look.
This being a vegan recipe means that on top of no refined sugar or flour, there is also no egg or butter – pretty impressive for a cookie. Instead, it is more like a healthy take on monster cookies (hence my name for them!) with ingredients like oats, whole wheat flour, flax, and almond butter. You can also include dried fruit, but I decided to make these a little more indulgent and use chocolate chips. The result is a soft, chewy cookie that is mildly sweet but really satisfying. I probably wouldn’t bring these to a dinner party if I were in charge of dessert, but I would certainly bring them as a tasty snack to a playgroup, and they are something I am happy to have around my home. They are also a great option if you like baking with your kids but want a healthier option than traditional cookies 🙂
Wholesome Monster Cookies
adapted from Dreena’s Vegan Recipes
1 cup oats (original recipe calls for quick, but I used rolled and they were great)
1/2 cup (rounded) whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup flax meal (a.k.a. ground flax, but not the same as flax seed)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp almond butter (or any other nut butter you prefer)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp canola oil
1/3 cup chocolate chips (or dried fruit, or a combination of both…if you are using fruit feel free to also add up to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with the dry ingredients)
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a bowl, whisk together oats, flour, salt, coconut, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together flax meal, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, and oil. Add wet ingredients and chocolate chips (and/or dried fruit) to dry ingredients, and stir until just well combined (do not overmix).
Drop spoonfulls of batter onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart, and flatten slightly. Bake for 13 minutes (no longer, or they will dry out). Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute (no longer), then transfer to a cooling rack.
Makes 9 very large cookies using my 3 tablespoon scoop