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Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

April 27, 2016

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies have always gotten a bad rap. Everyone loves good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip – while poor raisin gets no love. 

Not anymore! Am I the only one who sometimes craves a cinnamon-y, oatmeal raisin cookie? They’re generally more crisp than a chocolate chip – studded with chewy raisins and cinnamon scented. They’re a great rainy-day cookie. They’re comforting, warm and filling. 

Even better, this version is much healthier than the bakery-store oatmeal raisin, or – gasp – a store bought out-of-the-box hard-as-rocks cookie. These are made with whole large oats (not quick-cooking), and coconut oil. 

It had been super hot these past few weeks, making April one of the warmest we’ve had! But, in the last week the rain came in and chilled things off a bit. Warm cookies always help with cooler days, and these are perfect to have on hand. They’re great for baking and freezing too, in case you need a cookie pick-me-up. Or, if it gets hot again, scoop some ice-cream between two cookies and make yourself an ice-cream sandwich! 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies // bakeaholic.ca

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies // bakeaholic.ca

I have a few recipes I’ve been meaning to share with you guys, and I’m hoping to get them all up in the next week! 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chewy, cinnamon-y oatmeal raisin cookies.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil OR non-dairy butter
  2. 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  4. 1 flax-egg (can sub regular egg if not vegan)
  5. 3/4 cup oat flour ( pulse 1 cup of oats in high powered blender or food processor)
  6. big dash of cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats (not quick oats)
  10. 1 cup Thompson raisins (dark, not golden raisins)
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 Tbs. flax with 2 Tbs. water - let sit.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or hand-held mixer, beat butter, sugar & vanilla on medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add flax-egg and mix until just combined.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  5. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients in two parts, mixing on medium speed after each addition.
  6. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the oats and raisins and mix until just combined.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  8. Use a cookie scoop to place dough on prepared baking sheet. Flatten tops of cookies with a fork, in a criss-cross pattern.
  9. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool slightly then place on cooling rack.
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gluten-free jam & almond thumbprints

March 20, 2015

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today is the first day of spring! while its raining outside, we’ve been pretty lucky to have an incredibly warm february and march so far. its also the last weekend of spring break – which is bittersweet. our school district had a super early spring break this year. i had tons of plans for spring break, but i feel like i got only half the amount of things done – though i’m sure adam would say otherwise. i am notorious for over-planning and wanting to get a lot done in a short time. however, after two weeks off i’m still so surprised at how much more i would like to do! 

among other things, the spring break checklist included painting (which i got about half the living room done, adam hates painting), wedding meetings (got our gift registry done!), wedding invitations (just picked them up from the printers!!!!!) and a bridesmaid get together that was tons of fun. now i just have to print off 95 addressed envelopes and stuff them!

i also decided now would be as good a time as any to start yoga. i had wanted to join a while ago, but most classes are during the day when im at work – and i tutor after work three days a week. so with two weeks off i joined a studio just up the street and scheduled all morning classes. it was awesome to wake up and go to a class, starting off the day with a limber stretched-out feeling. im definitely going to miss the morning stretch session, but i’ll hopefuly continue with some night classes when i start work again next week. i bought an unlimited month membership so I’m hoping to keep it up. it’s amazing how much you can notice after even only a few classes how much looser you feel, even while running i can feel it. do you do yoga?? what’s your favourite type? already i can tell i have a few favourite teachers.

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i’m hoping spring weather is just around the corner and that more sun is in the future. while you wait, you can bake these sunny jamp thumbprints – made gluten free (use gluten-free oats) with almond flour for a buttery nest full of all natural jam of your favourite flavour. 

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gluten-free jam & almond thumbprints
gluten-free shortbread-like cookies with a nest of your favourite jam in the center.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour / meal
  2. 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  3. 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 5 tbsp butter, room temperature or coconut oil
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/2 tbs. almond milk.
  8. 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  9. Raspberry Jam or other favourite Jam
Instructions
  1. Set the oven to 350°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  3. In a high-speed mixer/food processor blend together the oats and almond meal/flour until you have a coarse flour.
  4. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to oat flour and mix to combine.
  5. Add the butter, almond milk and egg to the blender/food processor.
  6. Mix until the dough comes together.
  7. Scoop out about 15 portions of the dough using cookie-scoop/spoon and roll them between your hands into balls.
  8. Roll into the sliced almonds, and flatten slightly with your hand. Press thump in centre to create 'nest' for the jam.
  9. Place them on the baking sheet. Fill the center with 1-2 teaspoons of jam.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  11. Let cool slightly before moving them to a wire rack.
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Christmas

Holiday Baking Roundup 2014

November 30, 2014

There is something so magical about the first snowfall of the season. 

Friday night while watching a movie with one of my friends, and snacking on our charcuterie board (the best), the soft white flakes began falling down. We took a peak outside and were happily surprised to see how much had accumulated over the past couple hours. 

As a kid it was always so exciting when the first snow fell – waking up to a winter wonderland was everything.  And, if you knew it was supposed to snow, you would leap out of bed and tear open the blinds to see if it really had snowed. You’d race to get your snow gear on and bound out to the fresh mounds of snow to make snowmen and snow angels.

Now, as an adult, I get equally as excited about the first snowfall. However, for much different reasons. First, I’m happy it was on a Friday night so I didn’t have to get up and drive to work the next day because, lets face it, people freak out at the tiniest bit of snow. And second, instead of running out to enjoy the snow, I am happier to stay indoors, cozy up with a warm cup of tea, a good book or show and watch the snow fall around outside. 

What better way to spend a snowy day inside than by baking. I’ve rounded up a few of this past years favourite holiday recipes. Some new, some old and some gluten free and/or vegan! Something to please everyones taste buds :)

1. Italian Pizzelle Cookies – crisp, light and delicately sweet.

2. Vegan Brownies – bake them in a larger pan, cut into smaller squares to please a crowd. 

3. Personalized Gingerbread Cookies – monogrammed cookies means everyone gets one :)

4. Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars – fluffy and light, gluten free. 

5. Fudgey Raspberry Brownies – dense, and deliciously decadent. 

6. Christmas Toffee Crack(le) – addictive, salty and sweet – amazing 

7. Flourless Almond Brownies – made with almond meal, dense and fudge-like

8.  Almond Butter Blossom Cookies – an almond-butter take on the traditional thumbprint classic

9. Nanaimo Bar Bites – one of my favourite holiday treats, just dressed up a little different

10. Salted Almond Butter & Pretzel Cups – just like their peanut-y partner, these almond butter cups are a bite of heaven.

11. Pumpkin Biscotti – a seasonal twist on another italian classic – drizzle in chocolate for an extra treat.