Happiness in a Cookie

Somer McCowan, author of The Abundance Diet (Vegan Heritage Press, 2015), says, “This [vegan] ‘healthy cookie’ recipe is adapted from one my friend Erika makes. When she brought them over one day for a ladies’ lunch, none of us could stop eating them or wipe the smiles off our faces!” Makes 4 servings
September 04, 2015


In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut, flaxseed, chocolate chips, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix the ingredients using your hands to combine everything thoroughly. Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the batter seems too dry. Roll the dough with wet hands into 1-inch balls and arrange them on a plate. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 week.

Note: If you aren’t a chocolate lover, try raisins, dried cherries and cranberries or chopped dried apricots instead of chocolate, and up the cinnamon by another 1/4 teaspoon.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons mini vegan chocolate chips (I like Lily’s stevia-sweetened or Enjoy Life)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt (to taste)
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