Charlie and I have done our fair share of road tripping. His parents live 5 hours away, a journey that is long without traffic, but is notoriously busy and has, on some occasions, taken us over 8 hours. We’ve travelled all over the UK and Ireland, for many summers, for our festival work. From Scotland, to the Isle of Wight and back to Scotland, in the space of a few weeks. Long car journeys to the Alps in the winters. Quicker trips to the hills to get out and explore nature. Yeah, we’ve covered some miles together. I hope we’ll cover many more in future years. In all instances we prep snacks like a boss. A journey is not a journey without snacks. Energy bars, date and nut balls, cakes, savoury treats, but mostly and always, cookies. Without these snacks we would crack under the strain of long journeys. I am the worst passenger, but I am the best road-trip-snack-planner.
This last week was a different kind of journey, but one that needed cookies to calm our souls. A house plan fell through (again) and we are back to square one on the house hunt. We sighed and swore but told ourselves something even better is out there. But this weekend, we needed those cookies.
These beauts are packed full of goodness, with lots of oats to keep those stomach grumbles at bay for a while. To distract you from the long hours, or tired levels of a journey. I hope yours is always a happy one.
This recipe is measured in cups, as my scales are broken!
Cranberry Oat Cookies (v)
1 ½ cup spelt flour
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice / or cinnamon
½ cup coconut oil (soft but not melted)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tbsp date syrup
1 chia ‘egg’ (1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water) leave for 5 mins
1/3 cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons chia seed protein powder (any protein powder would do)
Preheat your oven to Gas 5 / 190 C
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, cranberries, oats, baking powder and mixed spice. Give it a stir.
In a separate bowl, cream the soft coconut oil, with the sugar, date syrup and chia paste. Give it a really good stir so it starts to cream together.
Add the dry mix to your creamed oil mix, fold it all together so theres no dry bits. If you need to, add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to help it come together.
Press into circles, about 1cm thick, in your hands, and place cookies on a lined baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 10 mins, until lightly brown.