Cooking with Kids | Happy Oatmeal Cookies with Video Tutorial
There is no denying that kids crave starchy sweet, carb-o-licious food. I found a wonderful recipe for oatmeal cookies on the blog, The Voluptuous Vegetarian and was happy with the yummy, crunchy result.
I made minimal adjustments to accommodate what I already had in my pantry the first time I made it, such as a touch more flaxseed in place of the egg replacer and agave instead of honey. All of the ingredients are something that most cupboards could make room for after a trip to the health food store, or even to Costco. Coconut flour is high in fiber, making these a really healthy cookie. They are free of nuts, wheat, sugar, and are vegan optional.
Dave, Jen and their kids put together a fun little video to show you just how these cookies are made. Watch below (the recipe is written out at the end of this post)…
Only half of my batch made it to the classroom the first time I brought them into school, so clearly it is parent and teacher approved! Thanks to Stacey for her excitement and willingness to share this with the Classic Play Family!
It is great to have a collection of allergen free recipes up my sleeve, knowing that there are so many little ones (and big ones too) who forgo potluck treats and other goodies because they can’t ever be too careful. This issue strikes even closer to home since my nephew has serious allergies to eggs, nuts, wheat, and dairy. Make these in a snap and pack some for a field trip! Most everyone can have these delectable granola like cookies! Pack individually in cellophane bags or in pairs with a fun themed tag and ingredient list label for sharing at school.
I find myself craving these subtly sweet bad boys especially now that I am gluten and dairy free. Everything about them makes me smile, so now I call them my Happy Oatmeal Cookies. Toss in 4T of cocoa powder at the end if you are feeling sassy.
Tasting the coconut oil, a small sprinkle of cinnamon, the vanilla, and the syrups teach children how you can get varied sweetness from sources other than regular sugar. Put out small ramekins of honey, maple syrup, agave, coconut nectar, and brown rice syrup for the children to dip clean popsicle sticks into for tasting and comparing. Older children may easily measure out the ingredients, while younger children can assist with dumping them all in a bowl and combining!
Happy Oatmeal Cookies – to be eaten while smiling :)
adapted from The Voluptuous Vegetarian
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil (or the equivalent in butter)
1 tsp egg replacer + 1/4 cup cool water (or 1 large egg)
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup honey (or natural sweetener of choice)
1 tsp to 1 tbsp ground vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup flax meal
2 cups large flake gluten free rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup coconut flour
optional toss ins: cocoa powder, diced dried fruits, pumpkin seeds, nuts, choco chips, etc
Large mixing bowl
To package treats for sharing:
Construction paper tags
Ingredient list labels
1. melt the coconut oil in the warm water, and add the honey or sweetener of choice
2. add the vinegar and the egg replacer mixture or egg
3. add the salt, vanilla, and cinnamon
4. add the oat flakes, and let sit for 5 minutes
5. add the flax meal and the baking soda
6. add the coconut flour
7. add any optional toss ins
8. drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet and flatten them with a wet fork
9. bake in a preheated oven at 345 for 12-15 minutes depending on how crisp you like ‘em.
10. store in an airtight container once they have cooled.
makes 2 dozen!