I love to bake. Generally you will find at least one-five homemade baked goods per month on my blog, but with the whirlwind that life has been lately I haven't been baking at all. Especially odd because baking is my go-to task when I'm upset, stressed out, or sad...all of which I have been over the last few months. But I've also been insanely busy!
After finding some time to actually surf a few blogs I haven't had the chance to read in months, the urge to bake finally hit me. And I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Super-Charge Me! Cookies by Dreena Burton from her book "Eat, Drink & be Vegan".
These super-powered healthified cookies are crazy popular around blogland but I thought I'd never find the recipe because usually folks are pretty good about not doling out copyrighted info...but low and behold Dreena actually has a couple of her own blogs and she posted the recipe herself!
The nice thing about this recipe is that it is pretty forgiving and can be easily modified. I made a few changes based on what I had on hand and what I felt like eating but pretty much followed the directions exactly.
My take on the ingredients...
- 1 cup whole oats
- 2/3 cup spelt flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/8 cup dried cranberries
- 4 dried apricots, chopped
- 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup flax meal
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- 3 tbsp smooth almond butter
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp olive oil (it's all I had on hand!)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, coconut, dried fruit, and chocolate chips. Sift in baking powder and stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine flax meal, syrups, almond butter, and vanilla and stir until well combined. Stir in oil.
- Add wet mixture to dry and stir until just well combined (do not over mix).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon batter onto baking sheet evenly spaced apart and lightly flatten. (Makes 12 large cookies).
- Bake for 13 minutes (no longer, or they will dry out). Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute (no longer), then transfer to a cooling rack.
I am very pleased! These are a very good size cookie. Hearty yet chewy and very tasty! Be careful because they are calorie dense...but they are made with completely REAL ingredients so don't feel too guilty about a splurge on one of these little wonders.
Original recipe © copyright Dreena Burton (eat, drink & be vegan)