Oaty Cookies with Almonds & Fruit (vegan)

Vegan oat cookies stuffed with almonds and dried fruit! From the series “travel bake”:) A portable snack I’ve made once before a trip. These cookies are very crumbly because of the oat flour. Grated juicy apples work great as a wet ingredient, in case you don’t have apple puree like me. The main binding agent is flax soaked in water – so-called “flax egg” that gives a nutty flavour and is considered healthier than regular eggs. Choose your favourite nuts and dried fruit to stuff this simple and so delicious treat!:) Happy baking!
Takes 45 mins (prep – 15 mins, baking – 30 mins (2 batches)) + cooling
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

2 cups regular oats (big leaf)
2 tbsp powdered flax
4 tbsp (60 ml) water
2 large finely grated apples (with juices)
2 tbsp neutral veg oil (coconut/corn/grapeseed)
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup oat flour + 2 tbsp extra for coating
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp ginger powder
zest of 1/2 lemon
pinch of salt
1/3 tsp baking soda
squeeze of lemon
1/3 cup almonds, chopped (nuts of your choice)
1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used cranberries, black & golden raisins, candied orange peel)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line the cookie sheets with parchment.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the powdered flax and water. Let sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, grate the apples and chop the almonds. Combine the flax mixture with the grated apples, lemon zest, sugar, oil and mix.

In another bowl, combine the oats, oat flour, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Lightly whisk everything together.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients mixing in soda and lemon juice. Stir in the chopped almonds and dried fruit. The dough should be sticky and a little viscous.

Spread some oat flour onto the working surface or a flat plate. Scoop a tbsp of the dough into the flour and roll into a ball. Flatten with hands forming a cookie. Place on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake for 15 minutes until fragrant and golden around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy!:)

 Bon Appétit!

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