Vegan 7-Grain and Seed Pistachio Cookies

Vegan 7-Grain and Seed Pistachio Cookies

Organic 7 Grain Flakes are made up of Hard Red Wheat, Oat Groats, Triticale Berries, Rye Berries, Dehulled Barley, Soft White Wheat, Spelt Berries that are blended and flaked to produce a cereal rich in protein and fiber. Organic 7 Grain Flakes can be used to make homemade granola for snacking or as a hearty breakfast cereal. We love them in cookies though! They add crazy-cool flavor and texture to cookies in place of plain rolled oats. 

In this recipe, we're also going vegan by replacing eggs with chia seeds and water. This combination binds the cookie and gives it more omega-3 oils.

We're a little partial to pistachio in cookies as well. Why? 

Some of the health facts of pistachio:

 1. According to Thomas and Gebhardt (2006),pistachios contain a lower calorie content of only 160 per one ounce in comparison to other nuts.

2. Pistachios contain a higher amount of protein in comparison with other nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. The amount of protein found is 6 g per 1 ounce, which is the highest in comparison to other nuts.

3. The fat content in pistachios is also the lowest compared to other nuts. Statistics collected by Thomas and Gebhardt (2006) show that the fat content is 13 g per 1 ounce.

4. Pistachios are also a very good source for mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid and antioxidants. Taking them on a regular basis is known to be effective in decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is known as “bad” cholesterol and helps to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as “good” cholesterol.

5. Trace elements or minerals found in pistachios include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. It is important to note that they contain the highest amount of phosphorus, along with almonds and cashews. Furthermore, they also contain the highest amount of potassium with respect to all other nuts.

6. The amount of sodium found in pistachios is zero, which is different from other nuts like hazelnuts and pecans. This is good news for people suffering from hypertension because they constantly have to curb the intake of sodium in their diet.

The above nutritional details show that they are not just another nut, but actually, a very good food to be consumed at any point throughout the day. In fact, it is a wholesome food all by itself.  (source here)

Look how amazing these are! Who's ready to make something awesome to eat?

7-Grain and Seed Pistachio Cookies

Coconut oil| 1/3 cup
Coconut Sugar| ¾ cup
Vanilla| 1 tsp.
Ground Cinnamon| 1 tsp
Pumpkin Pie Spice| 1/8 tsp
Salt| ½ tsp
Cider Vinegar| 1 Tbsp.
Water| 3 Tbsp.
Chia Seeds, ground| 1 Tbsp.
Baking soda| ½ tsp.
Organic Grains Sprouted Einkorn Flour| ¾ cup 
Organic Grains 7-Grain Flakes| 1 ½ cups
Vegan chocolate chips| 1 cup
Pistachio, chopped| ½ cup

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets, light-colored preferred. Beat together the coconut oil, sugar, spices, salt, vinegar, and water until smooth. Add the baking soda, chia, and flour, beating until well incorporated. Add the 7-grain rolled cereal, raisins, and pistachios stirring to combine. 

Drop the dough in 1 1/4" balls onto the prepared baking sheets; a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. If you're measuring, this is about 2 level tablespoons (using a tablespoon measure, not a dinner spoon). Space the cookies 2" apart; they'll spread.

Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, reversing the pans halfway through (top rack to bottom, bottom to top). For softer cookies, bake the lesser amount of time; for crunchier, the longer amount. At 12 minutes, especially if you're baking on a dark pan without parchment, a few of the cookies on the edge should just barely be showing a pale brown around their edges. At 14 minutes, they should be starting to color all over.  Remove the cookies from the oven, and let them cool right on the pan.  Yield: 22 to 24 cookies.

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