Vegan Oat Cookies

I still remember the first time I tasted an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie; it was the best!  And pretty much ruined oatmeal raisin cookies for me.

Well, these cookies combine the best of both worlds.  The raisins are pureed and lend a healthy source of sweetness, so you can cut way back on the sugar, and the chocolate chips are there, because they are awesome.

2/3 cup raisins
1/4-1/2 cup hot water

1 cup wholewheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1/8 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup rice milk
2 Tablespoons veg oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

To do:
Boil water in a tea kettle, place raisins in a heat proof glass measuring cup, once the water is very hot pour over raisins just to cover.  Let stand as you prepare the dry ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, oats, baking soda and baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar + chia seeds; stir to combine.

Puree raisins in soaking water.  Add to dry ingredients along with rice milk, oil, vanilla and chocolate chips.

Scoop tablespoon-sized mounds of dough onto a cookie sheet.  Bake 350 Degrees F for 10-15 minutes.  They are done when slightly golden and firm to the touch.

As a side note, my kids love raisins but don’t like to encounter them in baked good, which is why I had the idea to puree them.  I guess that makes me guilty of sneaking foods into other food.  I know that’s a hot issue and I definitely get both sides of the argument.  But I am wondering, do you ever do that?  What foods have you been sneaky about?  Or have you successfully introduced a whole food that you didn’t think would fly?  Tell us all in the comments below!

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  • This one is for my friend, Shirin 😀

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