This was my attempt to distract the kids from diving into their Hallowe’en bags after school. And….it worked!
This is not our usual after school snack which often consists of carrots and hummus. (This time of the year, a lollipop or two tends to sneak in with the carrots!). But, it is certainly healthier than all the junk my kids scored on Hallowe’en night.
Made with a crispy rice cereal and chocolate chips, these cookies remind me of a Nestle Crunch Bar that I used to have as a child. The difference is, however, that these cookies contain gluten-free oats, flax meal, dairy-free chocolate, and brown rice crispy cereal. They are also not laced with artificial flavours and preservatives.
COOKIES WITH A CRUNCH
- 1 1/2 cups vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- egg substitute – 2 tbsp flax meal mixed with 6 tbsp hot water to form a gel
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups gluten-free oats
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal (I used Nature’s Path crispy brown rice cereal)
- 1 1/2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together butter, coconut sugar, flax gel, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, crispy rice cereal, and chocolate chips. Stir together.
Drop batter in mounds on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten with back of spoon. Bake for about 10 minutes.
Serve with a lovely cup of hot cocoa and vegan marshmallows!
If you are looking for a hot cocoa mix, I bought one recently at Purest Bakery and Store in Perth, Ontario. Purest makes a gluten-free, dairy-free, gum-free hot cocoa mix from organic cane sugar (infused with vanilla extract), natural cocoa, and ground cinnamon. My kids also found some gluten-free, vegan marshmallows at this bakery. Dandies is the brand and they are delicious!
I am happy to say that the “Candy Fairy” is now the proud owner of the Crunch Bars and other Hallowe’en candy. 🙂