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Friday, June 26, 2015

Mock Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe- Gluten Free, Oat Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan

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Ever since discovering that not just gluten, but also oats (even gluten free oats) give me stomach issues, there were certain things I missed, like oatmeal, granola bars and granola. But I figured out how to make gluten free, oat free versions of them, using green buckwheat (see here to learn the difference between green and regular buckwheat), which is a pretty terrific and versatile pseudograin. (See my buckwheat porridge, buckwheat granola bars, and granola recipes.)
The one thing I missed was oatmeal raisin cookies, since I wasn't able to figure out how to make them without oats.
Well, today I made something that, while they aren't exactly oatmeal raisin cookies, since they don't have any oats in them, taste pretty much the same way- and they're delicious. They're made, of course, with my go-to oat substitute- green buckwheat. Healthy too, since they are made with only wholesome ingredients- no refined sugar, and they're vegan too- I used flax instead of egg and coconut oil instead of butter.
I can't tell you how to substitute other ingredients for those- but feel free to play around, and try putting 3 eggs in instead of the flax seeds and boiling water- I can't see why it wouldn't work, even though I haven't tried it myself.

Mock Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe- Gluten Free, Oat Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan

Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups green buckwheat
3/4 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons cold water
2 cups coconut sugar (this would probably also work with 1 1/2 cups white sugar, but no promises)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour mix or green buckwheat flour, or wheat flour if you don't have an issue with gluten
1 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions:
1. Pulse your green buckwheat in a coffee grinder in batches, for about 10 seconds at a time. You want them a little broken up, but you aren't looking for a fine flour either,

2. Pour boiling water with your coconut oil and flax seeds and coconut sugar- mix it and let it all melt together, and then let sit for a few minutes.

3. Add the green buckwheat, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, flour, and cold water, and mix well.

4. Add the raisins and mix well.

5. Wet your hands, and shape into cookies. Place on a lined baking tray, then bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven until slightly browned and solid- about 8-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

Are you a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies? If you can't eat oats, have you found any substitute for your oatmeal raisin cookie fix? 
Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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