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Vegan Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies (vegan)
MelanieSpiller and Coloratura Consulting
Makes 2 dozen LARGE cookies2 cups quick-cooking oats 2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon baking powderThe zest of one orange, chopped fine½ teaspoon ground cloves¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon¾ teaspoon ground ginger½ teaspoon salt 2/3 cup canola or peanut oil2/3 cup sugar¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar½ cup non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)1 TBLSP ground flax seeds1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract½ cup shredded coconut½ cup dark chocolate chunks or chips½ cup raisins¾ cup toasted pecan pieces (I use almonds sometimes, and walnuts work nicely, too)Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper,To toast the nuts, either put them on a bare cookie sheet in the oven while it’s preheating and stir often for 8-10 minutes, or toss them in a dry skillet on medium-high heat for the same length of time, keeping them moving. You can chop them after they cool, but I like the diversity of flavors and textures if I toast them when they’re already chopped. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, zest, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Set aside.In a large bowl, beat together oil, sugar, brown sugar, non-dairy milk, flax seeds, and vanilla. Fold in half of the flour mixture to moisten, then fold in the remaining half Just before the mixture is completely combined, fold in the coconut, chocolate, raisings, and nuts. For each cookie, from 2 TBLSP of dough onto cookie sheets. The dough will be sticky and thick. Leave about 2 inches of space between the cookies. Flatten them slightly with moistened fingers or the moistened back of a measuring cup, dipping fingers or the cup in water for each cookie. Bake for 14-16 minutes until edges start to brown. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes (they’ll crumble if you try to move them sooner), then transfer to wire racks to complete cooling.Store in a loosely covered container.