On your journey towards an Esther Approved lifestyle you will come across some things that leave you awestruck about new culinary techniques. Growing up we were taught to make cookies by creaming the butter, sugar, extract and eggs with an electric mixer. How many times did we reach in the fridge and realize you were out of butter or eggs? Another trip to the store. Right? As you change over your pantry ingredients with Esther Approved substitutes you begin to realize this is easy. It’s learning a new way of baking and cooking just as you learned the old way. For our Coconut Pecan Oatmeal Cookies you only need mixing bowls, a wooden spoon and cookie sheets. These cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Let’s celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day without the raisins because we don’t want Esther to have trust issues thinking they are chocolate chips. ;)~Chef Linda
Coconut Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
Cuisine: Esther Approved
Serves: 3 dozen
Prep including Bake Time: 35 minutes
2 flax eggs-2 Tablespoons flax meal mixed with 6 Tablespoons water, allow to gel for 10 minutes
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup organic granulated sugar
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup Earth Balance, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups spelt or all purpose flour
2-1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1. Set the applesauce aside. Make your flax eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Melt the Earth Balance on the stovetop or in the microwave. Add the vanilla extract and flax eggs. Stir to combine and set aside.
3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Stir in the melted butter mixture for a few minutes until the cookie dough is combined. Stir in the applesauce until the dough is moistened completely.
4. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
5. Using a soup spoon, spoon 12 dough rounds onto each cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350F. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet before transferring onto cooling racks. The cookies will slowly crisp up on the cookie sheet which will allow you to transfer easily onto the cooling racks.
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