Almond Oatmeal Maple Cookies - Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and Vegan

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I couldn't believe it myself! There was this recipe on thekitchn ... love that site, by the way, titled 'The World's Easiest Cookies' and it had only 4 ingredients. Nice! Didn't need to soften the butter, bring the eggs to room temperature. I had everything they needed ... almond meal, maple syrup, baking powder and vanilla extract. It was 8 pm and I just had my dinner and I was ready to head to the kitchen to make these beauties. 

Now I made some changes to that recipe by adding oat flour, which I really love in a cookie. And now there are 5 ingredients, coz I love the number 5. My Easy Almond Oatmeal Maple Cookie will make a beautiful crunchy cookie as this ...

Then we made a batch with cocoa (6 ingredients now) and got my favourite version ... the Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Maple Cookie:

We made another kind that included sunflower seeds and hemp hearts in it. We'll call it the Amped Up Almond Oatmeal Maple Cookies. I'm at 7 ingredients at this stage. This can easily be a breakfast cookie, something you can gobble on the go and still have a nutritionally sound ... er, cookie ... for breakfast. I loved it with my morning coffee.

And this was made especially for my hubbie. Anything that's with chocolate and walnuts is a treat for him. Okay, maybe I over-compensated on the chocolate, but hey, it was an 85% dark chocolate bar that I chopped up for this cookie. So I guess we're good! By the way, still 7 ingredients on this one ;)

This was seriously what was left of the whole batch the next day when it was time to take pictures of them before I speed-walked to work. Guess the kids didn't notice the sign that said: Please don't eat yet, I haven't taken pictures. Yes, said sign exists in a food blogger household. LOL! Sad, you think? I think not. As a parent who homeschooled, I can attest that one of the best lessons in building emotional intelligence in children is having them choose between the instant gratification of 2 cookies or the delayed gratification of 4 cookies. Guess what my kids are used to? But hey, I digress ...

See how versatile this easy recipe is? Of course you can make one batch of the same and yield about 16 cookies. And you can do what I did, split the batch in 4 and just add on an ingredient or two to make four different kinds of cookies. How awesome is that?

125 g (1 cup) almond meal / almond flour
125 g (1 cup) oat flour (ground quick oats)
1/2 tsp baking powder
80 g (1/4 cup) maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

For Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Maple Cookies:
Add 1/2 cup cocoa for whole recipe, or 2 tbsp for 1/4 batch to the dry ingredients

For Amped Up Almond Oatmeal Maple Cookies:
Add 1/4 cup each sunflower seeds and hemp hearts, or 1 tbsp each for the 1/4 batch to the dry ingredients

For the Hubbie Special:
Add 1/4 cup each chopped dark chocolate and chopped walnuts, or about 1 tbsp each for the 1/4 batch to the dry ingredients

1. Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet.
2. Preheat the oven to 175C or 350F.

3. Whisk all the dry ingredients (almond meal, oat flour, and baking powder) in a medium bowl.
4. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract to this and stir well to combine.
5. Shape dough into balls and slightly flatten to make disks, these will crisp nicely.
6. Place on the baking sheet, an inch apart, and bake for 12-15 minutes.

If you are just making one kind of cookie, stir in your mix-ins with the dry ingredients. If you're splitting the dough, there is seriously no harm in working in your mix-ins after the basic dough is done. You may need to oil your hands before shaping them into disks because they do get sticky.

Happy baking!

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