I have long been a fan of an amazing vegan seed and nut cookie at the epic Epic Cafe in Tucson, Arizona. After much experimentation over the years this is my version. It is not quite the same as their crunchier treat, but it'll give you the same feeling of satisfaction for having had a filling healthy snack.
This is one of those recipes where you can alter it to fit your mood and the ingredients you have on hand so be creative - and enjoy it!
Su's Gluten Free Seed Cookies (vegan option noted) - Makes abt. 10 -3 inch round cookies
Note that ingredients should be organic as much as possible.
Mix in small bowl:
2 eggs (for a vegan version let 2 Tbs. ground chia seeds sit in 6 Tbs of water for 10-15 minutes
and add that instead of the eggs)
1 teas. vanilla
2 Tbs. melted Coconut Oil (coconut butter will also work)
Mix in medium bowl:
Your choice of crushed seeds and nuts. I prefer to lightly toast mine first and then semi-grind them (is that a word?) in a small food grinder so that some small seed pieces remain. You can see what I mean in the picture (you should be able to click on it to enlarge it). For the cookies in the picture I used:
1/4 cup toasted and partially ground sunflower seeds
1/4 cup toasted and partially ground pumpkin seeds
1 Tbs hemp seeds
1/4 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds
Other additions could include walnuts, ground flax seeds (always grind flax seeds to get the best nutrition) , dissicated organic coconut and small dried fruits.
1/4 cup coconut flour (hazlenut or almond flour could also work)
3 Tbs. ground Gluten free rolled oats
2 Teas. Cinnamon
Dash powdered ginger
2 Tbsp. Coconut Palm Sugar (or your choice of sweetener. The trick is to just add a touch of sweetness)
Mix the liquids with the dry ingredients well. Pat into small disks.
Cook in the oven on parchment at 350 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn off the oven but leave the cookies in for another 10 minutes so they cool slowly. This helps them to not be too crumbly since they should be on the dry side.
I package them one or two to a baggie for a treat, they're filling so you don't need a whole handful to be satisfied!