Desserts

Crunchy Oat & Walnut Cookies

Where I’m from, a little town in the coast of Portugal, my favourite cookies were very similar to this, crunchy, half covered in chocolate and always in fun shapes… Of course they were full of refined sugar and animal fats. For a long time I wanted to come up with a vegan version and I am very happy with these. They use only 4 ingredients as the chocolate is just an option and they are super easy to make specially if you don’t want to make the cute shapes so instead of having to roll the cookie dough you could simply shape the cookies with your hands. They are full of flavour and taste extra special when half covered in chocolate which I used a chocolate bar to make it easier. There are so many healthy chocolate versions out there that I decided to skip the step of making my own. I used ombar, It’s delicious and raw! Hope you have fun making them 🙂

 

Ingredients:

1cup (80g) desiccated coconut

1/2cup (55g) Walnuts

1/3cup Agave syrup

14-16tbsp (100-130g) Oat flour* + extra to roll the dough

50g Chocolate (optional)

*To make oat flour, simply add oats to your blender and blend till it forms a thin flour for around 60 seconds

 

Method:

  1. Add to your food processor the desiccated coconut and walnuts and blend till it starts to form a butter like texture. This takes about 4 minutes and in between I had to detach the dough from the walls of the food processor a couple of times.
  2. Add the agave syrup and blend again until it forms a creamy texture.
  3. Add a bit more than half of your oat flour (around 10tbsp) and blend everything again on your food processor.
  4. Transfer the dough to a ball and gradually add oat flour till you obtain a consistency that combines well together but doesn’t stick to your hands or surface (I added an extra 5 tablespoons making a total of 15 tablespoons of oat flour).
  5. You can either shape round cookies with your hands or roll the dough and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes.
  6. Pop them into a pre-heated oven at 180C for around 8 minutes till they become slightly golden. They come out at the oven quite soft but has they cool down they turn crunchy.
  7. While you let the cookies cool down, prepare the chocolate. Melt the chocolate over steaming water (ideally without the bowl touching the water, so you can place the chocolate bowl over a sieve over the pan with the boiling water)
  8. Once the cookies have cooled down you can cover half the cookie in chocolate with the help of a spoon. Let it solidify and it’s ready to enjoy.

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