I love waking up to this face.
Serafina is always so smiley, especially in the morning.
I didn’t love waking up to this though.
Snow in March is never too pleasant.
Going for our usual walk was out of the question this morning, so instead we stayed in and worked on the doodle art.
By the time the afternoon rolled around I was getting seriously bored, so I decided to bake some cookies!
Cookies make everything better! 🙂
I couldn’t decide what kind of cookies to bake. The girls were saying chocolate chip cookies, but I felt like something a bit more healthy, with oats and my favorite cookie ingredient, coconut.
This cookie was our sweet compromise.
I call these cookies cowgirl cookies because they are reminiscent of a traditional cowboy cookie, made with oats, coconut, chocolate chips and nuts. Cowgirl because girls outnumber boys four to one in this house!
Five including the cat! 😉
These are my new favorite cookies! A crispy oat cookie with coconut, pecans and chocolate chips. Made with pure maple syrup in place of sugar and whole wheat flour these are a healthy treat. Swap the chocolate chips for raisins to make them even more guilt free! 🙂
Makes 24 cookies
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup medium unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup pecan pieces
- 3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or raisins
- 1 flax egg (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water)
- 2/3 cup sunflower oil
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, sea salt, coconut, pecans and raisins (or chocolate chips).
Whisk together the ground flaxseed and warm water in a small bowl and set aside a few minutes to thicken.
In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sunflower oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Add the flax egg. Add the oil/syrup mixture to the large bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.
Roll the dough between your hands into a tablespoon sized ball and press down onto the baking sheet.The dough is kind of fragile because of all the add ins so be sure to press it together well. Repeat to make 24 cookies.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until very lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
I have made this recipe three times now and today I tried a batch with raisins in place of chocolate chips.
I preferred the batch made with raisins because I am really not a huge chocolate chip fan. I find that anything that contains chocolate chips just tastes like chocolate chips (too sweet and sugary). With the raisin batch you could actually taste the other ingredients.
I now have dozens of these cookies in my freezer. Anyone want to come and eat them with me? 🙂
I love cowboy cookies… Put on some tea, I’ll be on the next flight there 🙂
I really like your recipes but I have one question. I have been eating refined-sugar-free for a while now and I don´t know why syrups like maple or agave should be better. Aren´t they still highly refined sugars?
I have read a lot of stuff about food and a lot of contradicting things too. Basically I try to eat as naturally as possible while not being too crazy about what I eat either because I do believe that food should still be fun and tasty too. To me, pure maple syrup is a natural food (that is still affordable) and so I eat it and enjoy it. I have never gained weight or felt sick or tired using pure maple syrup in my recipes. I find it is easy on my body and my mind, unlike white or brown sugar, which takes you for a ride and is definitely addictive. The way that I know that it is good for me is by how I feel. If I were eating as much sugar as I do syrup, I would be way overweight by now and feel pretty awful. I try to not read much info on food anymore and instead just listen to my body. The information is always changing and there are always new health trends. So to answer your question, I don’t know all the information on nutritional stats etc. but I do know what works for my body and my health, as well as for my family. Hope that helps you some.
Thank you. I found that in baking stevia (or stevia+dates) are a nice combination. But I also found that almost every sugar (and all the syrups and even fruits) make me crash pretty hard. And when the “high” is over I crave everything I have in my house, bread, fruits, pasta, chocolate, vegetables, nuts, oatmeal etc. And I really like sweet things,but its a love/hate thing because they all make me crave or overeat once I had the taste. But I might try maple syrup. If it works for you and your family it might work for me 🙂
Love the chunkiness of your cookies – so much yumminess going on. I’m also a big fan of maple syrup, though try to keep consumption fairly reasonable, adding in stevia when I can. I like that it still has its nutrients intact (zinc and manganese).
Got them in the oven..I can’t get enough of the dough haha! Love your blog…
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