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I practice the refreshing tradition of afternoon tea. Typically, sweet treats, finger sandwiches and scones accompany hot cups of herbal tea. Embracing a plant based lifestyle necessitated a change in my customary tea time. No more sweets or finger sandwiches. Gluten free, dairy free scones serve as yummy treats occasionally. Or simple fresh fruits and veggies make a great mid afternoon snack.
I love, however, coming across healthy alternatives to replace the sweet treats. Author Anthony William offers a wide range of recipes, along with an abundance of life changing health info and tips. Recently he posted an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that I’ve been excited to try.
I was not disappointed!
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
This easy to prepare recipe features gluten free oat flour and rolled oats. Check the packages, to make sure the oats are not processed in a plant along with wheat flour. Oats are naturally gluten free but can become contaminated if wheat is processed in the same facility.
The recipe is gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free.
I purchase oat flour, rolled oats, coconut sugar and organic raisins in bulk, finding that’s better, cost wise. Any health-minded grocery store carries such items in bulk.
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 2 tbsp ground golden flax seeds
- 6 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup gluten free oat flour
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder aluminum free
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut or avocado oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup organic raisins
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix together ground flax seeds and water and set aside for 15 minutes, creating a flax egg.
- Combine oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt in a bow. Mix well.
- In a small bowl, whisk together coconut or avocado oil, maple syrup, vanilla and flax egg. Add to dry ingredients, stirring until uniform dough forms. Add raisins.
- Using spoon or cookie scoop, drop dough by spoonful onto parchment paper. Flatten into circles with a fork. Bake for 8 -10 minutes, until slightly browned. Remove from oven and cool. Makes approximately 24 cookies.
Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Mixing up this batch of cookies transported me back to my childhood. Standing beside my mom or grandmother, I’d help make cookies. One whiff of the fragrant cinnamon and I became that child again.
Of course, I sampled a bite of dough. Since it’s egg free, the dough can be eaten without concern. It tasted so good!
My kitchen filled with the scent of baking cookies as I cleaned up. Waiting for those cookies to cool required an exit from the room!
It was worth the wait. I settled into my favorite chair, with a cup of hot peppermint tea, and a small plate of vegan oatmeal raisin cookies.
The cookies are marvelous…soft, chewy, rich in flavor and not too sweet. They are, indeed, perfect oatmeal raisin cookies, and a wonderful addition to afternoon tea time. I keep all the ingredients on hand, making this a quick and easy recipe to prepare.
I look forward to making these delightfully healthy cookies a couple of times a month.
Other Afternoon Tea Time Treats
Looking for other tea time treats or healthy after dinner desserts? Try these:
Gluten Free Wild Blueberry Scones
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