okay. I have to admit I was skeptical at first.
I mean, really.
When I first bit into one, they were borderline CRUNCHY. And we know how I feel about that. Hippy-granola crunchy birkenstocks with socks and legwarmers? Totally acceptable (acceptable to the point of being part of my normal wardrobe. plus yoga pants, naturally). Crunchy cookies? SO NOT.
I took a another bite. And the chocolate was warm and melty and gooey (Let’s be real, warm, melty gooey chocolate on ANYTHING makes whatever it is that much better) , and the honey-peanut butter duo tangoed warmly over my palate, reminding me of Vati’s pb/honey sammies (Just thought I’d practice my florid writing style). Warm out of the oven, these have excellent flavor. Definitely acceptable. Not my favorites, by far, but good, in their own kind of oat-y, crunchytastic way. Besides, there’s always room for improvement. It might have helped a bit had I not burned the bottoms (not exactly sure how this happened) and flung chia seeds and oats all over the kitchen. Spastic baking? Check. Sorry, Kira… there may in fact be chia seeds stuck to your feet tomorrow. A maybe a stray oat or two. Oops.
On another side note, I think peanut butter cookies might be my thesising fuel of choice. It seems to be working… 1/3 of the way there, with 28 pages deemed excellent by my advisor, wheee! What a perfect excuse to eat more cookies… not as if I actually needed one. But really. The amount of chia-peanut butter-oat-coconut cookies I’ve consumed over the last few weeks/months is rather staggeringly impressive!
Oaty Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies (With CHIA!)
Of COURSE they have chia seeds in them! Because chia is fab. Allll the time…in EVERYTHING! Ha.
Adapted from Visions of Sugar Plum, here! I got 11 cookies. Because I made them MASSIVE. I don’t do things by halves, clearly. What fun is that?!
- 1 1/3 c rolled oats
- 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp Earth Balance
- 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/3 c peanut butter (chunky natural, as per usual)
- somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 c brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 c chocolate chippies
Preheat the oven to 375 (perhaps 350 would have yielded slightly less-burnt-bottomed cookies? Something to try) and lightly grease your cookie sheet.
In a smallish bowl, stir together flour, soda, chia seeds, and oats*. In a larger bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together Earth Balance, applesauce, honey, peanut butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla. When combined, beat in flour mix (if it flies around too much, stirring is perfectly acceptable) and chocolate chippies (*I stirred in oats last and had trouble getting them all to incorporate—I would beat or stir them in with the flour next time).
Form cookies of desired size and plop down onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden on the tops. I might try reducing oven temp or baking them for slightly less time. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, and then move to a wire rack for
consumption ahem I mean further cooling.