Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Flax, Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I am overjoyed and relieved to be able to report that my bone scan results were normal! The scan was investigating possible bone cancer, so I am grateful beyond words to know this fear has been removed from the list of my possible diagnoses. Perhaps this is why I arrived home from work at 6PM last night, having arisen at 4AM as usual, still feeling filled with energy and vivaciousness. (Trust me, as much as I truly love my job, this is still not my typical post-work-day state.) Amidst the idyllic weather I channeled my energies into mowing the lawn, yet even after the grass was evenly carpeted and order had been returned to our front and back yards, I still felt the urge to bounce up and down like a toddler after an afternoon nap. Most of all, I felt like baking!

Since I'd already planned on baking a welcome-home treat for our next-door neighbor-friend and her two young sons, who all return home from her long business trip tomorrow, I seized the impulse and decided it was officially cookie-baking time! I also had a large bag of flax-seed that longed for a higher purpose in life beyond being sprinkled on morning cereal, so into the mixing bowl went some flax seed, along with oats, a variety of whole-grain flours, and some hand-chopped chunks of extra-dark, 80% cacao chocolate. I was so enthused about the recipe emerging in the bowl before me that I decided to live dangerously and double the recipe in order to save some cookie dough in the fridge for baking when Zach arrives home on Friday, despite not yet being assured of the cookies' success... As I often do with new cookie recipes, I sampled a wee pinch of dough as I was rolling the cookies into balls - I always have an inner struggle with the biology-oriented side of my brain that informs me of the dangers of raw egg every time I nibble uncooked dough, but I dare not risk baking an entire batch of cookies without first ensuring that they taste like actual cookies instead of, possibly, a train-wreak in dough form. These particular cookies were so delectable in their pre-baked state that the utmost willpower was required to keep me from nibbling a much larger second piece of dough... I couldn't resist sampling a cookie when they emerged from the oven, though - after all, I felt it was my duty to ensure the delectable-ness of the cookies before gifting them to friends...

Oh My Goodness. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a texture simultaneously light yet hearty, the nutty flax and oats complimenting the bold richness of the dark chocolate... Healthful, nutritious, and utterly seductive...

Flax, Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

4 tablespoons light, nonhydrogenated vegan marg
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cook or old-fashioned rolled oats
1/8 cup ground flax seed
1/8 cup whole wheat graham flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
6 oz 80% cacao dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans

~ Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

~ In a large bowl, whisk together the vegan marg and oil until completely blended.~ Beat the sugar, egg, vanilla and salt into the oil-marg mixture, and set the wet ingredients aside.

~ In a second large bowl, combine the oats, flax seed, graham flour, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and baking powder.

~ Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir to combine. The dough will be a bit thick and sticky.

~ Fold the dark chocolate and pecans into the dough.

~ Using damp hands, roll the dough into circles slightly smaller than golf balls, and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until lightly golden brown - approx 15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on wire racks - or serve warm!


Happy Me said...

Congratulations on clear bone scan results!! What a tremendous relief!

Your cookies look amazing!!

Food Makes Fun Fuel said...

Mmmm the way you described nutty oats and nutty flax makes me want these NOW

Beth said...

I really love that you added flax seed to these. I think i'm doing that next time i make an oatmeal based cookie!

And I'm so happy that you're bone scan was clear.

MelindaRD said...

Great news on the bone scan. Great looking cookies. We made chocolate chip cookies this weekend. They were so good and are almost all gone. We also made all kinds of stuff from scratch. I would say we went over board, but all of it tasted so good. Hope your week is going well.

Priti said...

Congrats on the wonderful result and the cookies looks so the pecan touch

Toni said...

I have never heard of graham flour. Where do you get it and what is it exactly?

The Diva on a Diet said...

Congrats on the bone scan results! What a huge worry off your mind ... and ours too!! I'm so relieved.

I'm also craving one of these magnificent looking cookies. So healthy and decadent at the same time! Is there anything more inviting than the looks of that dark chocolate rubbing elbows with the pecans?! I think not! :)

Faith said...

A huge congrats on your bone scan results, that's fantastic news!

You really read my mind -- about 5 minutes ago I just told my hubby I'm dying for oatmeal cookies! :)

sophia said...

Yay! I'm glad everything is okay. Phew!

Take away the chocolate, and I'll be ALL OVER those cookies. I love how chock-full of pecans they are! Amazing!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Wow this is indeed great news...I am so happy for you that everything is normal :) Awesome cookies, they are a celebration, I love the chocolate bits in the cookies :)

Joanne said...

I am bouncing up and down with happiness for you! That is GREAT news.

These cookies look like the perfect way to celebrate!

Lucie said...

These look totally delicious. I love your blog and I have enjoyed so much reading about your life, work and delicious food! Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. I will be back here soon to see what other treats come out of your Deep South kitchen! Love Lucie x

Gina said...

I'm SO HAPPY to hear your good news!! I have to say, with all of your energy I am in no way surprised that you don't have cancer. Either way, I'm so happy everything is ok. Do you have an actual diagnosis yet???

You had me at that first picture, by the way. These cookies look...ORGASMIC! You're such a nice neighbor. I hope our new neighbors are as nice as you!

Choclette said...

No wonder you were feeling buoyant - excellent to hear your bone scan gave you the all clear. These cookies sound wonderful and I love the way you try and make your baking as healthy as possible. I'm an inveterate licker of my cake batter bowl and I always worry about the raw egg!

Simply Life said...

oh my, those look amazing! I love all the big chunks!

Johanna GGG said...

great news on the bones and those cooks look delicious - i also cringe at tasting raw egg but I agree it helps to check the taste - always feel so happy when no eggs involved!

Jamie said...

These look amazing! The flax is such a neat idea:)

eatingRD said...

so relieved with your results, scary! These cookies look packed with amazing goodness! You should definitely write up menu descriptions seriously, you make them sound so good! Hope you are doing well :)

Anonymous said...

Food for fatties.