I would say I’ve been on a bit of a vegan kick lately. A vegan sorbet, vegan pudding, vegan milk, vegan pancakes…the list goes on and on. There’s just something about making food without eggs, milk, or other dairy products that fascinates me. Luckily, there are all kinds of ingredients you can use to replace eggs and dairy products. Sometimes I use coconut oil to replace butter, chia meal + water to replace eggs, coconut milk to replace milk, and lots more. A few days ago, I wanted to make some oatmeal raisin cookies, but we didn’t have any butter or raisins (how bunk is that) so we had to do a little bit of improvisation. The result? Vegan coconut oatmeal cookies made with coconut shreds, coconut oil, oats, and a few other baking basics.
This stuff is seriously addictive. And the fact that it uses coconut oil as opposed to shortening, margarine, or butter is great!
In our last shopping trip, we bought like 5 pounds of coconut shreds. A lot of it was going to go towards making coconut milk and coconut flour, but a pretty hefty amount was for sure reserved for these cookies. We also bought a lot of oats, mostly for oatmeal and oat flour (to make these lovely wraps). So it looks like we’re set!
These cookies would be gluten-free if you used a gluten-free flour blend, but I haven’t tried that so I can’t exactly say I recommend it. If you see good results from it, lemme know in the comments.
I need to tell you something. The coconut oil—it’ll need to be the consistency of softened butter to work. That’s about 60-65 degrees, so if your coconut oil is liquid on these warm, spring days, simply place you coconut oil jar in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it—you don’t want your coconut oil too cold.
If you want, you can even substitute raisins or any other dried fruit for 1/2 of the coconut shreds (that’s 1 cup coconut shreds, 1/2 cup raisins or dried fruit).
Okay I just had to share this. This little bugger would not stop trying to take these darn cookies. The second he heard the word cookie whispered among the other children, he had to see what all the jibber-jabber was about.
I hope you all love these coconut oatmeal cookies as much as we do. I mean, these cookies are so perfect, yet so simple!
Here’s the recipe:
- ½ cup coconut oil, softened
- ⅔ cup pure cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
- 1½ cups unsweetened coconut shreds
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water thoroughly. Add the coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla extract and beat until creamed.
- In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and rolled oats. Stir.
- Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir until just combined. Fold in the unsweetened coconut shreds.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or a silpat. Drop 1½ inch balls of dough onto the baking sheet 2 inches apart and press them down a little (they don't spread much). Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on a rack before serving.
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