Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free, Vegan and Nut Free

Tomorrow is my middle child's snack day for preschool.  Each child gets an opportunity to bring a snack to share for the rest of the class once or twice a month.  It is a nice way enjoy another friends' goodies and helps foster good will when sharing. 

My older 2 children have severe peanut and nut allergies and I think the youngest has it too, but not confirmed (and I don't want to find out anytime soon the hard way!). 

Other kids bring veggies and dip, fruit, mini croissants, etc.  There is a new girl in Nessa's class where she has a sensitivity to eggs, dairy and wheat. 

I have always wanted to make a baked treat but did not want anyone to feel left out due to dietary restrictions.  The past few times, I made fruit skewers, which was popular with the kiddies, but it was time to try something new.  When I found these gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free oatmeal cookies, I just had to try them! 

They were crunchy and sweet, very much like those Dad's cookies from the store.

As per the recipe, I dumped all the dry ingredients in a food processor and processed it until it was finely ground.  Then I added the wet ingredients and then ran the food processor til the crumbly mixture became a wet and sticky mass.  I am happy that this recipe does not require xanthan gum or other exotic ingredients associated with gluten-free baking. 

Because this is also vegan recipe, there are no eggs and dairy (milk, butter).  I did not have coconut sugar, so I used 1/3 cup white sugar and 1/3 cup brown sugar instead.  Another substitution was that I used cold vegetable shortening instead or virgin coconut oil.  Next time, I will look for vegan margarine as a healthier alternative.  

The dough was a little sticky but still fun to work with.  I think I put in too much applesauce.  I tried to roll it out but it kept sticking to the rolling pin, so I just used my hands to pat it down and gently rolled it for a smoother surface.  

I used several kinds of cookie cutters but as the cookies puffed up so much during baking, I couldn't see the points on the maple leaf cookies. Circles and hearts turned out the nicest.  In my convection oven, I baked them for 13 minutes at 350F.  The time is dependent on the size of your cookies, so it can vary between 11-15 minutes.  They turned out nice golden brown and crunchy!

Next time, I would try add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.  I do miss the taste of butter but the surprisingly light and crunchy texture makes up for it, much like a homemade graham cracker.  

[Edited to add:]  I tried the cookies with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and it was so good!   


Gluten-free, Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Dry Ingredients:

3 cups quick oats
3/4 cup coconut sugar (I used 1/3 cup white sugar & 1/3 cup brown sugar)
1/2 cup arrowroot starch/flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (I used cold vegetable shortening)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the dry ingredients into a food processor fitted with the "s" blade. Process until very finely ground (not as fine as oat flour, still a little coarse).

Add wet ingredients, process until the mixture forms a cohesive ball. It may take a few minutes but it will happen. Pulse the processor if needed. 

Remove dough, finish forming into a ball with your hands. Chill the dough if it is too soft for 20 to 30 minutes. Then place on parchment or waxed paper for rolling. Roll out dough. Cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter.

Place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 to 16 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. 

Optional:  Dip in a glaze made from about 3 ounces dark chocolate, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon sweetener. (Melted and whisked together over low heat).

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  1. Looks great! I will try them when I'm back on oats. :)

    Coconut sugar is supposed to be much lower GI than other kinds. I've bought some but haven't tried it yet. It looks like brown sugar. Also, I've used Earth Balance shortening and "buttery sticks" for baking when they go on sale - they are vegan, non-hydrogenated and do not use GMOs.

    1. I will definitely try the coconut sugar. I haven't heard about it before. I've seen Earth Balance buttery spread in town but not the shortening.

  2. Coconut sugar (aka palm sugar, coconut sap etc.) and coconut oil are all I use in my vegan, gluten and nut free kitchen. They are life changing and safe for diabetics! When baking with coconut oil I will always add a pinch more salt than the recipe calls for and 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast to help get that buttery flavor ;)

    1. I just bought the coconut sugar and coconut oil. Can't wait to try this again with the new ingredients! Thanks for the tip with the nutritional yeast for that buttery flavor. :)


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