Im a big believer in moderation. I love eating healthy raw wholefoods and superfoods and strongly believe everyone’s diets should include plenty of these. This food is essential for helping to keep your body healthy and disease free. Plus its delicious. Most days I would prefer a fresh beetroot and apple juice and raw salad over vegan pizza and cookies… but then other days I really do want pizza and cookies, and I don’t see anything wrong with this! As a cook I love food, I love making it and I love eating it, including the not so healthy stuff aswell.
I think its important to have fun with food, to get creative and enjoy what you are making and eating, but at the same time stay conscious of exactly what it is your consuming. Is it natural? Is it fresh and unprocessed? Is it going to replentish your body with vitamins and minerals or is it going to strip them away? You end up with a lot more respect for what you put into your body once you take into account these few questions. Its all about balance. So enjoy these cookies and don’t feel guilty about eating them!
Rustic Oat and Raisin Cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup oats
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tsp ground flaxseed
- ½-⅔ cup raisins (or chocolate chips)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup non dairy milk (soy, almond, oat)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180°c
- Mix all the dry ingredients to together in a bowl first, then stir through the raisins or chocolate chips. Then add the oil, milk and vanilla and stir until combined with a wooden spoon. The resulting dough will be stiff enough to pick up without sticking all over your hands.
- Roll dough into 2 inch balls, flatten slightly between your hands until about 1½ inches thick and place on a lightly greased oven sheet.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes, until lighly golden. Try to leave them to cool for 5 minutes before eating… not always possible, I know!
Makes 12-15 cookies