So, I don’t cook sweets that often, especially not cookies, but every now and again it strikes my fancy. I checked out my pantry to see what I had and decided that I’d Google pecan cookies and see what kinds of combinations came up. I came across this Low Fat Apple-Pecan Oatmeal Cookie recipe on yummly.com. I decided to adapt it to be vegan.
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick oats!)
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used almond)
- 1 chopped apple (I used organic Fuji)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp luke warm water
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsps apple pie spice –OR– 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 tsp ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix together oats, milk, chopped apple, and pecans in a bowl and set aside.
3. Whisk together flax seed and water until slightly frothy (similar to what an egg would be like.)
4. Mix together brown sugar, flax seed mixture, apple sauce, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
5. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Stir well to combine.
6. Drop batter by Tbsp full onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten each cookie slightly with fork.
7. Bake for 12 minutes. You will know cookies are done when they can be lifted from parchment without gushing apart in your hands or sticking to the paper. They will be soft, almost spongy. Cookies do not really firm after cooling, this is definitely a soft vs. crisp oatmeal cookie recipe – which I like better anyway!
This recipe yielded 39 cookies for me, and a bunch got eaten by my roommates and I before I could take a photo. 🙂 They tasted GREAT. Not too sweet, these would make an awesome, wholesome breakfast. No dairy, no eggs, no added fat, minimal sugar. Brown sugar may sub out easily for maple syrup to reduce the recipe to no refined sugars. Oh yea, and trust me on this – you’re gonna wanna scoop up a couple while they’re still warm.
A little bit on the nutrition….
For 4 cookies (That’s right – you get to eat FOUR of these bad boys for probably what one traditional chocolate chip cookie might be….)
Calories from fat: 53
Fat: 6 g
Sodium: 132 mg
Potassium: 62 mg
Carbohydrates: 41 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 15 g
Protein: 5 g
So these cookies are not only cholesterol free (vegan!), low fat, low in sodium, but they also offer a nutritional punch of fiber and protein! 5 grams each per serving!
In conclusion, I guess I impressed myself tonight…