I was planning to make "jam dots" with this recipe today, but didn't like how the dough held together when I tried to shape the cookies. I think I'm still an Earth Balance girl when it comes to cookie texture -- something I just can't shake from my pre-vegan baking days. But the pan version of this recipe turned out well, so I figured I'd share! ;-)
(based loosely on the recipe for Famous Jam Dots in Fran Costigan's More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally)
1 c rolled oats
1 c pecans
1 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 c maple syrup
1 t vanilla
1/2 t almond extract
1/3 cup all-fruit jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process toasted oats and nuts in blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour into a bowl with dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients. Using your palm, shape dough into a sprayed 8x8 pan, reserving about 1/3 c of dough. Spread jam (any flavor; I used blackberry) evenly over the dough. Sprinkle reserved dough over the jam. Bake for about 18-22 minutes, and cool in pan before slicing. (Alternately, you could shape the dough into 1-inch balls and spoon jam into an indent. Bake for 15 minutes at 350.)
I think this is my first recipe posting, so I hope you enjoy:
So I made the chocolate macadamia nut balls out of Vegan Planet last weekend (only with pecans), but I was dismayed by the amount of fat in the nuts. So I changed a few things and came up with this:
1.5C granola-oat like cereal (I used some with hemp seeds out of the bulk bin)
1.5C dried pitted dates
1t almond extract
1/4C unsweetened cocoa powder
1C unsweetened shredded coconut
1. Grind up .5C of the granola to a powder in the food processor.
2. Meanwhile, soak the dates in hot water to soften (I used boiling water for about 10 min).
3. Slowly add the dates to the food processor with the granola powder until it looks kind of like a batter.
4. Add the cocoa powder and the almond extract to the mix.
5. Remove the mix from the food processor and stir in the remaining granola. If the granola is in large clumps, chop it first.
6. Spoon into 36 balls, and roll them in the coconut.
You can eat them as is, but I like to put them on a cookie sheet and refrigerate, then I transfer them to plastic bags and freeze. The original called for nuts instead of granola, and vanilla extract instead of almond. I like these because they're low in fat, and are sweetened only by the dates, which is just perfect.