I fell in love with these cookies when I was a very young girl. Our next-door neighbor, a wonderful woman we all called “Dixie,” made them for her own kids and for all the neighborhood friends who were lucky enough to stray through her kitchen. She passed her recipe to my mom, who passed it to me, and I still have it (many, many years later). I tweaked it a bit to make it vegan, added sunflower seeds and walnuts, and this is the result.
No-bake cookie recipe
- 3 cups rolled toasted whole oats
- Walnut pieces (6-oz bag, or 2 cups unchopped)
- 1/3 cup sunflower seed kernels
Chop up the walnuts, then mix the dry ingredients listed above and set aside.
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ½ cup soy milk, regular
- 1 cup 100% grade A maple syrup
- 3 tbsp. organic baking cocoa
Mix the wet ingredients (second list) thoroughly and add them to a large cast iron ceramic cooking pot. Then add
- 1 cup 100% peanut butter
Cook this on low heat (setting 4 on my electric stovetop), mixing until the peanut butter is melted. Once the mixture starts to bubble slightly, set the timer for 2 minutes, and stir continuously. When the 2 minutes are up, turn off the heat, add the oat mix (first list), and stir it in thoroughly and quickly.
Line two baking sheets with wax or parchment paper, and drop the cookie batter by spoonfuls onto the paper. They will be sticky and messy but should form a heap. Let them set for several hours, then eat one, or two. (I have to hide these from myself.) They also freeze well, but you can eat them frozen, so the freezer is not a good hiding place.
OK, so these are more comfort food than health food, but they do have some health benefits, in addition to their mood-enhancing properties. Walnuts and canola oil are great sources of omega-3 EFAs. Vitamin E, folate, B6, niacin, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, selenium, and protein are also high in this recipe because of the walnuts, oats, and sunflower seed kernels. Then there is the cocoa. We all know that chocolate is good for you!
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