Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

 This post has THREE cookie dough pictures because COOKIE DOUGH<3.

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I had a terrible day Friday.  I got a speeding ticket while driving to a gyno appointment.  So lame.  I was going 10mph over the speed limit on the freeway.  You know, just moving with the flow of traffic.  There were 3 cars ahead of me and 2 cars behind me going the exact same speed.  I thought I was going to make it through the whole ordeal without crying…that didn’t happen.  I’ve only been pulled over one other time.  I was 18 and I rolled through a stop sign in my neighborhood.  That cop was awesome.  I was balling because that’s how I handle things and he was like, “If you keep crying I’ll give you a ticket!”  He let me go without a ticket even though I was crying my eyes out.

Andrew got home from work Friday and then I had a cry fest because sometimes I just can’t even deal.  And then I made cookies.  And then stir-fry.  It was all backwards but it worked.

So obvi Friday was a cookie day.  And now Monday is a cookie day.  Yay us.

Healthy Oatmeal CookiesThese cookies are doughy and dense without being dry or bready.  The flavor reminds me of cookie dough.  I know cookies are made out of cookie dough so they should taste similar, but these cookies taste like break-n-bake cookie dough.  They’re fab.  Or at least that’s what I thought. 

I think it’s the baking soda.  I have this weird love for baking soda.  It makes things taste like cookie dough or cake batter.  So delish.

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I made these cookies and then realized they were vegan.  A happy coincidence.  I add chocolate chunks or chocolate chips or some form of chocolate to pretty much all my cookies (like these or these), so it boggles my mind that I didn’t toss a couple handfuls of chocolate chips into the batter. 

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Unlike my favorite cookie type (i.e. ooey and gooey), these cookies are completely cooked through.  My cookie rule goes like this: If it’s a chocolate chip, sugar or snickerdoodle cookie, they’ve gotta be gooey.  But if they’re oatmeal cookies, a little more hearty, wholesome, and non-gooey is totally acceptable.  And cookies get bonus points if they’re cute, little and chubby. 

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Speaking of cute, little, chubby things.  This weekend Andrew and I went up to Dallas for Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival.  Andrew has family that lives in Dallas and we got to meet his cousin’s new baby girl.  I haven’t held a 3 week old baby probably since my little sister was born 18 years ago.  It made me want to have a baby even more.  And at the same time made me want to wait a couple more years to have a baby.  Does that make sense?

If you have cuddly kiddos running around, I think these would be the perfect addition to lunchboxes.  I know they will be in my lunchbox this week.

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: makes a dozen cute, chubby lil' cookies


1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup oat flour, spooned into measuring cup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup raisins, packed


Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a bowl combine all ingredients. Roll into 12 small balls and slightly press flat (they won't spread, but you want them to be thick cookies so they don't get dry!). Bake 9 minutes. The bottom of the cookies should be just turning golden brown...don't over cook.

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Add chocolate chips. I would totally support that.