My mom makes these oatmeal cookies that are… amazing. They’re pretty healthy as far as cookies go and they’re super tasty. So of course I wanted to recreate them so the kids could enjoy them. I thought it would be pretty easy, too. Six batches later, here we are my friends.
Mimi’s Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons safflower oil
2 tablespoons peanut butter [or apple butter]
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 375F. Mix the brown sugar, egg whites, oil, peanut butter, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix the flour, oats, cinnamon, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Combine and drop spoonfuls onto parchment. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
*If you use peanut butter the cookies won’t “fall” as much as apple butter so if you’re looking for a flat cookie you’ll have to use a spoon or fork to press it down a bit.
The problem I kept running into when I tried to make these cookies vegan [to accomodate our food allergies] was a weird chewy texture for the oats. Less than ideal. And then yesterday while I was strolling through Big Lots [seriously, you guys… they are a gem for allergen-free foods!] I saw this Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunch Granola and knew my life would never be the same. No seriously. I need to go back and buy everything on the shelf.
The granola worked perfectly into the cookies and created the oatmeal texture I’ve been dreaming of. Here we go:
[Vegan] Granola Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about two dozen small cookies
1 1/2 cups chocolate chip granola
1 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 small sweet potatoes, cooked
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple butter
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon molasses [unsulphured]
1/4 cup almond butter [if you’re nut-free switch this out for a mashed banana or more coconut oil]
Preheat oven to 375F. Combine the granola, flour, baking soda, and salt. Using a stand or hand mixer, blend the still-warm sweet potato with the coconut oil until there are no more chunks of oil. Add in the brown sugar, apple butter, vanilla, molasses, and almond butter and mix until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix until just combined.
You could also add either 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon or 1/4 cup of chocolate chips [I recommend Enjoy Life Mega Chunks. They will change your chocolate chip world] as some tasty mix-ins. If you’re into that kind of thing. Do it now.
Drop onto parchment using your 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop and bake on your baking stone for 9-11 minutes.