Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Walnut Oat Cookies (V, GF, DF): an easy recipe for chewy, crispy almond butter cookies deliciously made with whole ingredients. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain, Oat Flour.
You know how origin stories are kind of a big deal now? Origin stories basically detail how something or someone came to be. Where did it all begin? Like season one of Jessica Jones. Nowadays, with all the comic book movies, superhero madness and sci-fi everything being so prevalent, these origin stories are everywhere. Truth be told, I had never really heard of origin stories or anything like that before I met Erik.
Except, unless of course, you count the Oxford dictionary. That’s like the origin story for words, right?
Well, this is the origin story for how these Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Walnut Oat Cookies came to be. (Omigosh, how cool did that sound though? Honestly??)
Now that we’ve got that dramatic intro out of the way, let me show you a little bit about how my recipe testing goes… in case you haven’t read this just overwhelmingly cool account of how amazing (not) I am in the kitchen, you might want to check it out first. Or later, whatever floats your boat.
Well, last year, I created this peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Much to my surprise, lots and lots of people made it and loved it. They made it, took pics of it, shared it with friends and gym class buddies, and so much more.
So naturally, I thought, let me make another version of this cookie, with more toppings (or less, I seriously can’t even remember now). And I may or may not have forgotten to put some ingredient in.
Midway through making that cookie, I stare straight down into the mixing bowl and realize that something has gone terribly awry.
My eyes grow big and I start to sweat. Just a bit. The clock is ticking, I really should have had this recipe done last week and I have only 5 million more things to get done in less than 2 hours that day. I stir the dough a couple times like making any kind of motion is gonna fix things. And it hits me: I can save this! Or, at least I should try. And hey, if this goes sour, Erik and I will have a crumbly topping for our nice cream this week.
Or, something decidedly awful to punish ourselves with… luck of the draw, ya know?
So I add in a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I prep a square baking pan and just dump the whole thing in. This pan sat in the oven while I crossed all of my fingers and toes, hoping for a miracle.
It came out, cooled, and was sliced. And it was heavenly. Just heavenly. Phew!!! That, my friends, is the origin story for my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. But wait, that’s not this recipe, right?
Right. Soooo right. Well, those breakfast bars went on to be well-loved and happily made by many. So… why not make more breakfast bars? Makes absolute sense.
This time, I simply swapped the peanut butter with almond butter. Except that simple swap turned into more than just a few “gentle adjustments.” Cue the “Eeeeek!!” I seriously cannot help myself. I bet you’re asking me, “What is wrong with this so-called baker? Why does she have this incessant need to live on the edge???”
Folks, all I can say is… I have an insatiable curiosity for pushing the limits, for tinkering with things and seeing whether or not they might actually work out. I guess that’s why they call these things kitchen adventures right?
So there I was again, stirring that dough. And surprise, surprise… it wasn’t right. There I was, once again staring down into a bowl of nut buttery, chocolate chip, coconut and oat-filled would-be awesomeness, but only seeing imminent disaster. My spidey sense was tingling (had to—origin story, ya know??)
But this time, I had to see what would come of it. Fast forward to an hour later, and what I sliced into was the softest, most plush and actually very tasty almond butter chocolate chip oatmeal… CAKE.
Yes, they went in the oven a humble, unassuming breakfast bar recipe, and they came out as forward-thinking, pillowy… cake.
DANG IT!!! And as much as the sound of this new fangled creation might intrigue you, it was not at all what I wanted to make. Side note: we did eat it all, because: CAKE.
So I cracked my knuckles in the most attractive way possible (so… not at all), pushed up my oat flour-coated shirtsleeves, gave myself a “chin up, slugger” pep talk, then a are-you-kidding-me-fool tough love lecture, and finally, a ooooh-cake-I’ve-got-to-save-that-for-a-special-occasion mental side note taking.
This time, I had something to prove–whether or not I was allowed in the kitchen. Ever again. .
Then, I changed it. Once more. I cranked up a bit of this, cranked down a little of that. I may or may not have taken another few bites of almond butter cake for a morale boost, and went to work. Measuring, folding, scooping, forking, baking…
And out it came. The most delicious nut butter cookies to date. Crispy on the outside, soft and divine on the inside. Just the perfect amount of everything: oats, chocolate, almond butter, and walnuts. The perfect vegan almond butter chocolate chip walnut oat cookies.
I narrowed my eyes in a knowing way, nodded to myself, wiped the sweat off my brow, and realized: this is what adventures are made of. This is why it’s so fun to just… try. To fail, to tinker, to experiment, to be curious, and just, live. And to tell origin stories for everything you create, of course. 😉
Will you experiment with me? After all, you’ll be able to tell the most epic origin stories for anything and everything that you so choose. I’m here and just waiting to hear all about it. Us adventurers have got to stick together! You in?
While I await your origin stories, let me tell you all about my Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Walnut Oat Cookies. They’re:
- crispy on the outside, soft on the inside
- simply heavenly
- so easy to make, you might be tempted to experiment
- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole grain
- indulgent on the outside, but made with feel-good ingredients on the inside
- plant-based and allergy friendly
- wonderfully packed with nuts, chocolate and oats
- perfect for a post or pre-workout snack
- or for a delectable dessert
- BOSS, because: official origin story cardholder
What do you say? Will you join me in the kitchen, in the great outdoors, or anywhere you like? I can’t wait to explore all the new adventures, all the new stories, and all the new experiences with you.
What is your favorite origin story to tell?
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
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