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Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

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CHOCOLATE CHERRY OATMEAL COOKIES {V + RSF}

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How many times have I made oatmeal cookies in my lifetime?  Many!  I grew up making these cookies because they were a family favorite, and because my dad preferred oatmeal raisin to chocolate chip.  I remember having to wait for the butter to soften, and then watch my mother use the side of a fork against our orange Bauer bowl until the butter resembled a pale yellow.  I can still remember the sound.  Then time to add the white and brown sugar !! and the eggs…1 and 2.  Now, I don’t use any of the above when I make these Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies and I still manage to make a delicious cookie!  I use coconut oil, coconut sugar and flax eggs and the combination is just as decadent, and better for you!  Plus the flax seed gives these cookies Omega-3s- that seems like a great bonus!

We’ve been attending a number of dinner parties lately and I find these babies make a great addition.  They can also be eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.  I also love the combination of dark chocolate and dried cherries. If you live in Paris, you can find them at Epicerie le Caire in Belleville or at a small dried fruit and nut market that recently opened on rue Oberkampf.  You can also substitute dried apricots or raisins. Enjoy!!

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Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 flax eggs
3/4 cup coconut oil (neutral), melted
1/2-3/4 cup coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
2 tsps vanilla extract OR a real vanilla bean
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
3 cups oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed and hot water. Whisk and let sit for 5-10 minutes until the consistency of an egg forms.
In a large bowl, add flax eggs, coconut oil (melted), sugar, vanilla and maple syrup and whisk until combined.
Add in dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Add in oats, chocolate and dried cherries.
Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: I find it’s better to slightly under cook these and let them cool.

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FEATURED:

Pink Beige Pre-Washed Linen Napkins from Merci
Ceramic dessert plates which I snagged at a Brocante here in Paris

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Not only are these Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies delicious, but they are vegan and refined sugar-free, making them a great snack!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 flax eggs
  • ¾ cup coconut oil (neutral), melted
  • ½-3/4 cup coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract OR a real vanilla bean
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1½ cups spelt flour
  • 3 cups oats
  • ½ cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed and hot water. Whisk and let sit for 5-10 minutes until the consistency of an egg forms.
  4. In a large bowl, add flax eggs, coconut oil (melted), sugar, vanilla and maple syrup and whisk until combined.
  5. Add in dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  6. Add in oats, chocolate and dried cherries.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Note: I find it's better to slightly under cook these and let them cool.