Raw almond-oat cookies

I’m falling in love with raw oat flakes as an alternative to nut flours in raw desserts. Oats are considered a “super food” because of the many essential nutrients they contain—complex carbs, B vitamins, fibre and minerals such as phosphorous, iron, selenium and calcium, to name just a few. Studies show that eating a daily serving of oats not only lowers cholesterol levels but also reduces the risk of developing heart disease. They help regulate blood sugar, aid in digestion and contain antioxidants that help prevent damage from free radicals.

I came across a reliable source for organic fresh-ground raw oat flakes while visiting the Brick Works farmers’ market last weekend (which is now open all year long!). Grainstorm, a local family-owned company that makes organic fresh-ground, whole-grain baking mixes, now offers raw oat flakes in 500-gram, date-stamped bags. I know Grainstorm offers high-quality products (you can read my review of their vegan muffin base mix here), and so I’m glad to see the company expanding its product line.

I came up with this raw almond-oat cookie recipe just for an excuse to use the oats once again. These cookies are easy and versatile. They work well with any kind of nut butter (I also love them with raw peanut butter) and the dehydrating step is entirely optional—it gives them more of a baked texture, but skipping that step will just mean they will be a moist cookie (be sure to store them in the fridge or freezer if going this route). Enjoy!

Raw Almond Oat Cookies | A Dash of Compassion

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Raw almond-oat cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups raw oats (certified gluten-free, if necessary)
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond butter, agave nectar, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  2. Grind half of the oats (1 cup) in a food processor. Add the almond butter mixture and salt and process well to combine.
  3. Add the rest of the oats and pulse lightly just to combine.
  4. Form the dough into balls (about 1 tbsp each) and flatten into cookie shapes with the palm of your hand. Place on dehydrator screens and dehydrate at 110 degrees for 1 to 2 hours, or until desired dryness is achieved. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

      

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8 Responses to “Raw almond-oat cookies”

  1. VeganLisa — November 23, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    A great, simple recipe. I saw the raw oats last time I was at the market – but I didn't buy any. Now I have a really good reason to pick up a bag.Thank you Nicole.

  2. blog — November 23, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    The simplicity of raw recipes is so appealing to me. A cookie is a cookie and one I don't have to bake just gets eaten faster! I will definitely be whipped up a batch of these next time I have a cookie craving!

  3. Jamie Hayworth-Chin — November 24, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    yummy! I'm going to make these. Thanks!

  4. Alisa — November 24, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    I am all about no bakes and raw treats, but haven't made them in ages! This may be just the inspiration I need, thanks!

  5. Wendi and Matt — December 14, 2010 @ 4:31 am

    Love this! Thank you, I love finding snack and dessert recipes as they are hard to find or have way too many ingredients.

  6. Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan — January 3, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    awesome!! I want to try raw oats, just don't know where to get them, they don't carry them in stores near me…

  7. Nicole — January 4, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Jennifer and Jaclyn: You could try contacting Grainstorm (www.grainstorm.ca) and see if they can ship you a package of their raw oats. It's a Toronto company, so not too far from you.Otherwise, regular rolled oats will also work for this recipe.

  8. Annette — March 8, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

    Healthy and delicious. A winner! I added a tablespoon of Cacao and a teaspoon of chia seed as a variation. It was amazingly delicious. This recipe a solid base which enables you to play around with numerous variations and create many different versions.

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