Last year, I was 100% vegan for 4 months and had to find many new recipes that would suit my new diet.
The first time I made these cookies, I realized that this recipe is definitely a keeper regardless of whether I am a vegan or not. These cookies are so scrumptious and delicious that even the most picky eaters will fall in love with them.
And my friends, they are also healthy. Yup. You read correctly.
You might ask yourself, “How can cookies be healthy and even good for you?”.
First of all, I replaced white sugar with coconut palm sugar, the best healthy alternative for sugar according to Dr.Oz. Coconut sugar can be hard to find, but it makes an excellent low glycemic sweetener that packs in a lot of flavour.
The combination of coconut palm sugar and maple syrup, a natural sweetener, gives these cookies a tender and chewy texture.
Instead of all-purpose flour, I’m using spelt flour. Spelt is an ancient grain and a distant relative to present day wheat. Compared to wheat flour, spelt flour is significantly easier to digest and provides superior nutritional value. It is high in protein, fiber and B vitamins. The amazing nutritional benefits of spelt flour may lower the risk of various heart diseases and help prevent migraines.
Spelt flour has a slight a nutty flavour which I absolutely love. Other than that, I honestly can’t notice the difference in taste when I bake with spelt flour instead of all-purpose flour.
Keep in mind that spelt DOES have gluten, although much less compared to wheat. There are many cases of people with gluten sensitivity who can eat spelt without experiencing any of the symptoms they would experience when consuming wheat and other foods containing gluten.
So if you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or are simply looking for a more nutritious, less processed alternative to all-purpose flour, do give spelt a try!
Finally, I can’t not mention the health benefits of the tiny, but powerful raisins. These dry fruits are considered true nutritional “gems”. And rightly so! Raisins help to improve the quality of bones and positively impact the health of your eyes and teeth. They provide relief from fever, constipation and anemia and may even help with cancer and diabetes prevention.
Did I convince you that these cookies are good for you? If so, you must give them a try!
- ¾ cup spelt flour or oat flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup coconut palm sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 175C/350F.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- In another bowl, mix sugar, maple syrup, apple sauce, coconut oil and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Add oatmeal and raisins to the batter. Mix and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Using a spoon, form 12 balls and place them on the baking sheets.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating once at mid point.
- Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes. Then, place cookies on a wire rack and let cool completely.