first post and oatmeal cookies.

Hiii, I’m Amber and this is Herby Love! I am just going to delve straight in and give you a post before I organize the other bits and bobs of this site otherwise it will take me forever to post as I am really computer illiterate, eee! 🙂

Well tonight I decided to make a recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s amazing book, The Kind Diet. I have been reading this book for a while now and am the biggest fan of Alicia Silverstone EVER! But I feel my love for her is a completely different post altogether haha! The only problem I find with the recipes is that as I live in the UK the ingredients are so hard to find. The fact that I was able to make these cookies was pure luck! I just so happened to pop into Holland & Barrett’s on my way back home and happened to find one of the key ingredients, Molasses.

Any hoo, here I present to you oatmeal chocolate button cookies.
In the book Alicia suggests that you use walnut and dried plum but as I had neither I opted for the chocolate. I am a vegan so I had to find dairy free chocolate chips which none of the supermarkets near me seem to stock it so instead I used these dairy free chocolate buttons which were slightly big and bulky in the cookie but still tasted just as delicious! 🙂

I think next time I make these cookies I am going to experiment and melt the chocolate buttons in the microwave and then mix them with the oatmeal 🙂

servings: makes 10 to 12 cookies.

  • 1 cup of quick cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar (I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil (safflower)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried plums or other dried fruit (I used 50g chocolate buttons)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips or the extras you have chosen to use.

    3. This part can get a bit messy 🙂 Use your hands to roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops. I made about 12 balls. It was quite difficult for me as I had the buttons sticking out at all angles! 🙂

    4. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.

    Oh a little warning! These cookies spread! SO be warned!

    The cookies were quite crumbly when I first took them out the oven and attempted a piece but after about ten to twenty minutes they were good to go!

    If you split the mixture into 12 and used the chocolate buttons these cookies work out to be about 272 calories a pop! But they are worth it 🙂

    They may not be pretty but they sit very nicely in your tummy with a cuppa! 🙂 I’m a big fan of oatmeal so I think these have just become my new favourite treat!

    Well I’m off to make a cup of tea and enjoy these! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night? Byeee, xo

    • How about you? Have you made these cookies and did you love them? 🙂
    • What is your favourite cookie?
    • Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can find chocolate chips in UK?

    2 responses to “first post and oatmeal cookies.

    1. Hey, I found your blog from
      I buy my dark chocolate chips from Whole Foods in London, I don’t eat milk or white chocolate but I assume any healthy food place would probably have a vegan version or even Asda maybe as they always have large bars of dairy free chocolate.
      I have the Kind Diet but I have not made any of the recipes, those cookies look delicious, so I might have to try making them.
      My favourite cookie is chocolate chip.

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