Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hemp & Chia Seed Oatmeal Cookies

Here's an oatmeal cookie with a twist. Multigrain flour and a healthy boost from Chia and Hemp seeds. My son is allergic to nuts so this is a great way to add some protein (from the chia & hemp seeds) into a very tasty cookie. These cookies are a favourite amongst my son's University Track and Field team. The multigrain flour adds a nice crunch to them. Add chocolate chips, raisins or cranberries for extra flavour.

Once you've made this recipe you'll never go back to regular oatmeal cookies!
I've adapted the cookie for a GLUTEN FREE RECIPE that won a baking contest!

- CHIA  SEEDS are known as a super food and is one of nature's most perfect food. Chia seeds contain highly concentrated amounts of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, a vegetarian source of protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

- HEMP HEARTS have an ideal balance of Omega 3 and 6, a full amino acid spectrum (provides complete protein), and a massive trace mineral content, high in fibre and antioxidants. Truly one of nature's super foods.
Hemp & Chia Seed Oatmeal Cookies
by Laureen King from Art and the Kitchen
Prep Time: 30 minutes     Bake Time: 10-12 minutes     Makes: 3 dozen
Ingredients:
  • 11/3 cup multigrain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, raisins, or cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (vegan - 3/4 cup vegan margarine ex.Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (for vegan replace egg with 1/4 cup apple sauce)
  • 1 vanilla pod scraped
Directions:
  1. Combine flour, oatmeal, coconut, chia and hemp seed, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips and salt in bowl. Mix together until all ingredients well combined.
  2. In mixing bowl beat butter. (make sure you start with soft butter, I usually leave mine out the night before).
  3. Once butter is beaten well add brown sugar and vanilla, beat on medium until well incorporated. Add egg, mix.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture into butter mixture on low. Batter will be thick, I usually finish off by hand mixing to ensure ingredients are well combined. (plus get a bit of an arm workout).
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to get cookies same size. flattening slightly with fork.
  6.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins.



21 comments:

  1. Wow! These look delish! I'm going to try them tomorrow!

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  2. They are so good, and healthy, the chia and hemp seed fill you up so one all you want.

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  3. These look amazingly delicious and healthy at the same time, great snack for my kids after school.

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  4. Hi Laureen, I've made these a few times already, DELISH! I was wondering if you have any info on calorie count or nutritional value? Or how many the recipe is supposed to make?

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    1. Hi Clare, glad to know you enjoy these.I think I usually get around 20 large cookies from this recipe. I have no idea of the calorie count as the recipe I started with is probably 20 years old (oatmeal cookie recipe), then added the chia and hemp seeds. I think it still would be a fairly high calorie count due to the butter and sugar, but does contain the healthy benefit of the multigrain flour, chia & hemp.

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  5. Yummy! I used spelt flour and they turned out great!!

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  6. Spelt flour, I will have to give that a try

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  7. I used flax instead of hemp because it was all I had..turned out amazing! Was wondering how I could do these vegan...any suggestions???

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    1. Hailey, you could try 1/4 cup of applesauce or 1/4 cup well mashed banana. I'm going to give that a try as well. I have used flax before as well and love the taste.

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  8. Excellent! I used coconut oil (for healthy brain) and substituted the 1/3 cup of flour (I only had whole wheat) with ground flax seed and toasted wheat germ. My hubby wanted cranberries, walnuts AND 55% cacao choc chips. The coconut oil made the mixture a little difficult to handle until I found a tablespoon I could "pack" it in so I could get the cookie to stay together. They were fine once baked.
    This made 67 2" cookies.

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    1. Hi Judy, glad you enjoyed the recipe, excellent idea with using coconut oil.

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    2. Wondering what you omit in order to add the coconut oil?

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  9. These look great! I love chia seeds, they are such a little nutritional powerhouse! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks, I put chia and hemp seed on a lot of things, salads, peanut butter toast. Love it, great way to add some extra protein. I really enjoy your website.

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  10. These cookies are awesome! I replaced 1/4 cup of the flour with hemp protein powder and they turned out great!

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    1. That's great Erin, thanks for letting me know your adaptation of the recipe. Love when a recipe can be tweaked and still turns out awesome!

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  11. are these soft or crispy cookies?

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    1. Hi Debra, they are softer cookies, but not like a cake type cookie.

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  12. Hi!
    These look so tasty! Except... I can't use coconut. Any suggestions?
    I have ground flax, but not sure..
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks!
      Should I just replace it with more oats?

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    2. Hi Amy, I think you should be ok without adding extra oats, if you do I would just start with 1/4 cup

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