I have a sweet tooth. But I have learned that eating too much sugar has all sorts of negative effects on my body. So over the years, I've done tons of experimenting in the kitchen and have come up with a number of really great sweet treats that are sweetened with alternative sweeteners. I've also found that my body responds better to gluten and dairy free food. I am not vegan, but I love vegan food too. So here it is, gluten free dairy free vegan oatmeal raisin cookies (with walnuts optional), adapted from the book "Simple Treats" by Ellen Abraham.
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg OR for vegan 1 chia egg (1 tbsp ground chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp water for 10 min)
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup rolled oats (gluten free oats if you're sensitive to it. I'm not)
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts
1 3/4 cup oat flour (I grind whole rolled oats in a blender)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350. Combine wet ingredients separately. Combine dry ingredients with raisins and walnuts. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. Scoop out heavy spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 11 minutes and rotate the cookie sheets 1/2 turn. Bake another 5-7 minutes until the cookies are golden around the edges. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5-6 minutes before putting in your mouth :-) Enjoy!