October is here. Leaves are changing their hues to bright orange, red, and yellow. It’s a time that encourages coziness in the home, introspection as we move through the change of seasons, and a wonderful time to be out in nature. The temperatures are cooler, making walks and hikes incredibly lovely as we move through the vibrant forest.
As a mom myself, it is essential that I create healthy treats for our little one to enjoy. Halloween is a fun time of year, as we embrace dressing up and consumes. It ignites a creative energy, and is especially fun for little ones. My husband and I work together to create fun holiday recipes and treats that we all enjoy with healthy, plant-based ingredients.
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Photo by April Duckworth.
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, we made these tasty oatmeal raisin cookies together, celebrating the coming end of the harvest season, and welcoming in winter.
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Added Sugars
Makes 1 dozen cookies
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 cup of dates
- 1 cup of coconut
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk
- 2 flax eggs*
*Flax Egg Directions: Flax eggs are simply ground flaxseed mixed with water and soaked for a few minutes. Flax eggs act as a binder and can be used as an egg alternative in any recipe. To make two flax eggs, mix 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed with 5 tablespoons warm water and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Blend in blender until dough forms.
- Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measuring cup to mold and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
Optional, to make fun pumpkin face cookies:
- Before baking, mold cookies into round, pumpkin shapes (or use a pumpkin cookie cutter)
- Add raisins for eyes
- Chopped dates or dark chocolate chips for nose and mouth
- If no nut allergies, a pecan makes a great pumpkin stem!
We can certainly participate in fun activities while being mindful of our health and the ingredients we feed our children and ourselves. Additionally, including our children in cooking, safely of course, is fun and engaging and encourages healthy habits. The peace of mind that nourishing our children with healthy plant-based foods provides is immense.
As we usher in winter, longer days, and colder weather, we find ways to embrace all of this by enjoying sweet time together as a family. We cozy up, cook together, and find this time helps us to slow down a bit more. We enjoy preparing hot chocolate, warm nourishing soups, and healthy holiday treats during this time. I hope you enjoy these oatmeal raisin cookies. Stay tuned for more winter recipes that nourish and delight.