Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Foodie Not-Friday: Bite Me January Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I lost weight over Christmas. Not much, like two pounds. I rarely gain weight at Christmas time because I am so excited about presents that I lose my appetite. 

But now the holidays are over and, you might not have heard about this on the news, but it's cold outside, and it's time to get back to my weight gaining ways.

So, in order to gain back any weight I might have lost due to greed tremors, I decided to make cookies.

We got a lot of cookies and candy for Christmas, but most of them weren't vegan, so I needed to make sure I could get in on the fattening fun, too.

I present to you these Bite Me January Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, because there are no other recipes for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in the entire world. At least none that are so disrespectful to January.

I made some adjustments from a recipe here, who originally altered it from a recipe here

They are better after a day in the fridge. Straight out of the oven they seemed too sweet, somehow. And mouth burny.

So, like whatever here it is…

Bite Me January Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

2 C large flake oats, divided
1.5 C toasted walnuts
¾ C flour
1/3 C brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp unsweetened soy milk
4 Tbsp canola oil
½ C agave nectar or brown rice syrup
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Toast nuts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn, eh? Let 'em cool a bit.

Pulse 1 C of the oatmeal and the toasted nuts, soda, spices and brown sugar and the additional 1 C of oatmeal in a food processor until ground up to a fine meal

Combine wet ingredients (oil, agave, vanilla, soy milk) and then blend in the dry ingredients. Add raisins.

Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack.

These were delicious the next day with my favourite tea. 

I had them instead of a healthy lunch. And dinner. 

Here are the cookies being watched over by a voodoo Brian, made for me by my friend Sophia.

photo of Joan Jett by David Shankbone/Flickr