Wednesday, December 19, 2012

honey, i'm nuts 4 u

these honey nut cookie balls are my go-to baked good. they double as a snack AND a dessert -- dense enough to fill ya up, while remaining delicious and addictive.

makes 2 dozen cookies

2 c. rolled oats
1 1/3 c. whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt (coarse salt MAKES these cookies)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
2/3 c. chocolate chips
2/3 c. slivered almonds
2/3 c. pecan pieces
2/3 c. ground flax
2/3 c. honey*
1/3 c. molasses (or more honey)
1/3 c. almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. soft or melted coconut oil

preheat oven to 350F & line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

in a large bowl, mix: oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and pecans.

in a small bowl, mix: flax, honey, molasses, almond butter, vanilla, and oil until smooth.

pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until you have achieved an even level of moisture throughout the mixture. if it seems a little dry overall, add 1-2 T almond butter.

moisten hands and use a tablespoon to scoop out cookie dough and roll into balls with your hands. drop cookie balls onto the baking sheet. they balls can be close together, as they won't spread out during baking.

bake for 13 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them onto a cooling rack.

*in my version of vegan (everyone has their own!), i do eat honey. get that stuff IN MY BELLY. if you do not share this sentiment, simply replace the honey with an equivalent amount of maple syrup!

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