Vegan Oatmeal Cookies
As a chef and dietitian, you know I love to put a healthy twist on some classics. I created this recipe for vegan oatmeal cookies to include some added fiber from the chia seeds, whole wheat flour, and oats, but more on that later. These vegan oatmeal cookies are the perfect chewy cookie and pair perfectly with a glass of your favorite non-dairy milk. Making these cookies is a great way to spend the afternoon with the kiddos, too! Check out the recipe and let me know what you think.
Baking vegan oatmeal cookies
To make these vegan oatmeal cookies, start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While you preheat the oven, have the kids line two baking sheets with parchment paper (Note: you can also use foil and non-stick spray). Next, mix the chia seeds and water together and let it sit for about 5 minutes. The chia seeds will act similar to eggs, in that they help to bind the cookies together, as they form a gel in the water. From there, have the kids take over on the mixing! In a bowl of a stand mixer, have the kiddos add the coconut oil, vanilla and maple sugar. With a paddle attachment, cream this mixture together. Add the chia mixture to the stand mixer. In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix. In 3 or 4 parts, add the flour mixture to the coconut oil mixture, mixing well with each addition. Finally, fold in the oats and any mix-ins you like, be it raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips or all three! Time to get your hands messy! Join the kids in rolling out golf-ball sized cookies onto the baking sheet. Now time for the parents to shine, place the cookies in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes!
Veganism vs. Vegetarianism
Vegetarian diets are a plant-based diet, in which there are many subtypes. These include lacto-vegetarianism, ovo-vegetarianism, lacto-ovo-vegetarianism, and veganism. Lacto- and ovo- mean consumption of dairy products and eggs, respectively. Veganism, on the other hand, excludes all animal products, including honey. Instead people who are vegan, solely eat plants or plant-derived products. Someone may have a vegan diet due to health reasons, or choose a vegan diet due to ethical reasons.
Health benefits of vegan oatmeal cookies
Although these vegan oatmeal cookies are still in fact cookies, they are a healthy swap to your traditional store bought cookies. Baking at home and using ingredients like whole wheat pastry flour, chia seeds and oats, adds fiber that likely wouldn’t be there otherwise. Aside from making these healthy swaps in yours and your kids treats, eating a diet full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains is a great way to include fiber in your diet.
Importance of fiber
Fiber is important because it can offer many health benefits. These benefits include reducing the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, in addition to lowering cholesterol and improving GI health1. Current recommendations for fiber intake are consuming 14 grams per 1000 calories eaten.1 Along with your nutrient-rich meals, two of these vegan oatmeal cookies are the perfect way to end your day.
- Anderson JW, Baird P, Davis RH, et al. Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Nutr Rev. April 2009:188-205. doi:10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00189.x
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- ¾ cup maple sugar
- ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix chia and water together and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- In a stand mixer or handheld mixer, cream together vanilla, coconut oil, and maple sugar.
- Add chia mixture to stand mixer mixture.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Add flour mixture in 3 or 4 parts to stand mixer, being sure to mix well between additions.
- Remove bowl from stand mixer. Add in oats and raisins and mix well with a spatula.
- Roll mixture into golf ball size cookies and place on baking sheets. Leave as is or press down to make flatter cookies.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.