Ella's Vegan Orange & Cardamom Cookies / by Delme Thomas

So some of you may have noticed that there was no blog post last week. That's because it was my birthday - And at my age, one has to take a whole week to rest from everything...

One of the gifts I had for my birthday was Deliciously Ella's new book: With Friends. So after a week of scoffing all the goodies last week, what better opportunity to try out one of the healthy recipes from this new gift! Thanks RiRi ^_^

I don't know about anybody else, but when I'm trying to eat well, savoury food is not a problem. It's always that craving for the naughty stuff that gets me. So I always turn to Ella's books for these - they've really helped me to have healthy snacks that taste bad - and that's what we ALL want!

For the cookies you'll need:

3-5 cardamom pods to taste (depending on how strong you want it), 200g oat flour (I used brown rice flour), 100g oats, 6 tbsp honey, 1 lemon, 1 orange, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 3 tbsp melted coconut oil, 2 tsp cinnamon, 6 tbsp any plant milk (I used home-made cashew milk), 40g raisins/sultanas
Preheat the oven to 200 °C/180 fan, line a baking tray with parchment - Use the flat side of a knife to crush the cardamom pods (I used 5 because, you know me - I'm all about punchy flavour), pull out the seeds and grind them in a pestle & mortar - Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until well combined - Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mix out into your hands, roll into a ball, then place it on the tray and flatten - Carry on with this, I got 21 cookies altogether - Bake for 20-25 minutes, then leave on the tray to cool and firm. 

These are lovely little cookies; sweet, with a crispy outside and a soft, chewy middle. The cardamom comes through really nicely - they're really aromatic! 

Now comes the real challenge: to keep them for when I need a sweet fix and not eat them all at once............