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Healthy-ish Chocolate Orange Oatey Cookies

Sometimes you need a sweet treat, but you need to justify to yourself of your friends that it's a bit healthier. You can sacrifice a little bit of sweetness or some of the smoothness of an unhealthy sweet to add a little bit of nutritional value. That's what you've got right here. Tasty cookies which will satisfy the craving, but you can add a few bits in here to make them that tiny bit healthier.


This is for a smaller batch of roughly 7 cookies - if you need more, just double it!

  • 106g buckwheat flour

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 113g vegan butter (we use Flora)

  • 100g light brown sugar

  • 50g granulated sugar

  • 2 heaped tbsp apple sauce

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 130g porridge oats (we prefer Quaker)

  • 70g mixed fruit (including mixed peel)

  • 1/2 bar of vegan Galaxy Orange (Review here)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C.

  2. In a bowl, blend together buckwheat flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, and mixed fruits.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugars until you have a creamy mixture.

  4. Combine the two mixtures above and then add in your apple sauce and vanilla extract. Then add your oats and roughly chopped pieces of vegan Galaxy Orange and mix the whole lot together. At this stage you can choose to add some additional items if you'd like. You could add a spoonful of flax or chia seeds, walnuts, macadamia nuts or something like that.

  5. Now, grab a baking tray and cover with greaseproof paper. Pick up a handful of you cookie dough and roll it into a palm-sized ball. Repeat until you're out of dough, placing each one on the paper leaving enough space for the cookie to drop and spread-out while it cooks.

  6. Place the cookies in the oven for 14 minutes. They should be golden brown on top. Cook for longer if necessary - you want the cookies to be soft, chewy and golden.

We've heavily adapted and veganised this from this recipe here.


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