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Spiced Oatmeal Pumpkin Pecan Cookies

DESSERT RECIPES- Spiced Oatmeal Pumpkin Pecan Cookies

A certain Mister has a fondness for oatmeal cookies. He and I talked ad nauseum about the variations on Oatmeal Raisin and we agree, there’s something extra special about a basic oatmeal raisin cookie. How do you take something delightful and basic and make it better? Easy.

Bake it with fall spices, a bit o’ pumpkin and play with different flours. Those of you reading this who are gluten free- so is this cookie. Adding teff flour boosts the iron, protein and calcium and pairs well with the brown rice flour. The smell of mesquite flour hearkens back somehow to a Texas sunset and makes your kitchen smell warm and inviting. I decided to experiment with using half refined sugar and half maple sugar, which is less sweet than refined as I really wanted the sugars to accent the natural sweetness of the raisins. Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and pumpkin kick it up a notch. You’ll find the texture to be hearty as the toothsome flours play to that of the oats. My taste-testers all gobbled up the cookies- everyone from the Mister to the artist friend, the retired soccer player and the amiable bus driver. And I have a hunch you might like them too.

 

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Spiced Oatmeal Pumpkin Pecan Cookies

YIELD: 2 dozen cookies
TIME: 15 minutes – overnight – 30 minutes

  • ¼ cup teff flour
  • ¼ cup mesquite flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup maple sugar
  • ½ cup refined sugar
  • ¼ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cup rolled GF oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Combine teff flour, mesquite flour, brown rice flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk until combined.

In a separate bowl, mix butter, pumpkin puree, maple sugar and refined sugar until completely combined. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla.

Add ½ flour mixture into the sugared butter bowl and mix until combined. Then add the rest of flour mixture and mix until completely combined.

Mix in oats with a spatula. Then mix in raisins and chopped pecans with spatula until combined. Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 375.

Place sheet of parchment paper or silpat on your cookie sheet. Use a tablespoon and scoop out medium sized portions of dough onto cookie sheet. With your hand, press down on dough without pressing cookie flat.

Cook for 16 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire rack.

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Patriot Oats (Mixed Berry Oatmeal)

Patriot Oats

I have a soft spot in my heart and at the breakfast table for oatmeal. Something about starting the day with a bowl of warm and comforting oats just seems right. Instant oats are not my favorite way to enjoy them, but in a pinch, they can do just fine- the secret as with most things is seasoning.

This recipe is simple and probably easy to assemble from your cupboard and fridge at this time of year. “Patriot oats” celebrates through color the hopefulness of independence day – in this case the Independence of America from the Brits so long ago. The blueberries, strawberries and coconut milk lend themselves to be patriotic in scope of the celebration of July 4th. In that vein, I did some digging to better understand why red, white and blue became our country’s colors and learned:

Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.”

Betsy Ross, the woman who sewed our first flag is a name for history books and yet she has something still to teach us about change and character. While her life was marked by hardship, she exhibited the tenacity and verve of spirit necessary in sussing out what living out independence looks like.

If you look at your life today, do you find need of winning the battle for independence? Perhaps you’re mired in a job that is joyless, succumbing to addiction or even beleaguered by a pesky habit. There is no time like the present to make a change. And as I mentioned here, change is sometimes an arduous feat, the bit of a bridle in the horse’s mouth and waiting as the entire animal turns. It takes courage to admit the need to change course. Then comes adherence to the recognition. I’m told lasting change comes a bit at a time.

So let’s start with breakfast.

dairy free oatmeal recipe

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Patriot Oats – Mixed Berry Oatmeal

YIELD: 2 servings 

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cups thick & rough oatmeal like the Silver Palate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup organic blueberries, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup organic strawberries, rinsed, hulled and chopped
  • Drizzle of local honey

1. Set pot of water on stovetop and cover over high heat until boiling.
2. Then remove the lid and lower the temperature, adding in the oats gradually. 3. Cook for 8-10 minutes and stir occasionally.
4. Let oats sit for 1-2 minutes and then ladle them out into two separate bowls. 5. Add a dollop of 1 tablespoon per bowl of the coconut milk.
5. Then equally divide the berries into both bowls.
6. Lastly drizzle local honey over the top- just a drizzle to augment the berries natural sweetness.

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