My kids have been begging me to make cookies for their lunches because all the cool kids get sent to school with things like oreos, fruit snacks, gogurt, and other things of that nature. But I am cheap, and trying to eat healthy, so I don’t buy those things. I also have been avoiding making cookies, because the last time I baked chocolate chip for them, they were not vegan, and I ate one. And felt guilty. I finally caved today, not about not eating vegan, just about making cookies, and made some vegan spiced oatmeal cran cookies. My house smells so freaking good. Do I think it will make my kids as cool as the kids that bring the other stuff? Probably not, but who cares about cool anyways? I certainly don’t, and don’t want to raise my kids to care that much either. So vegan oatmeal it is! Oh, I also made myself a warm mug of Simple Spiced Steamerthat I stole from Joy the Baker. http://joythebaker.com/2012/01/spiced-almond-steamer/ So good.
Vegan Spiced Oatmeal Cran Cookies
3/4 cup vegan margarine
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup coconut milk, or other milk substitute
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
3 cups rolled oats, or quick cook…not instant!
1 cup dried cranberries
Combine margarine and sugars and cream until smooth. Add vanilla and “milk,” mix well.
Add flour, baking soda, and spices to margarine and mix until combined, then add oats and cranberries.
Spoon 1 1/2 in balls onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, my oven needed about 12.
Remove from pan and cool on baking rack, then enjoy!