Desserts

February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies (two ways!)

Happy Valentines Day, friends! Today we're celebrating the feast day of St. Valentine with these Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies.

I've been wanting to learn more about the saints and when I decided to write a Valentine's day post, it just made sense to do a bit of research on St. Valentine.

St. Valentine

St. Valentine was a priest in Rome. He was martyred on February, 14th in the year 269. There were reportedly a couple other people named Valentine who lived during this time. It is still unknown if these people were all the same or if they were separate people.

Despite this, there are stories of Valentine's great faith. When he was under arrest, he cured the judge's daughter of blindness in the name of Jesus. The judge and his family immediately converted. He set Valentine free and released all other Christian prisoners. Valentine was later arrested again for evangelizing. When Valentine tried to convince the emperor, Claudius, to embrace Christianity, Claudius sentenced him to death. They executed Valentine on February 14th.

We associate Valentine's day with love but this tradition started many years after Valentine's death. A poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, supposedly introduced this celebration with a poem about birds coming together to find a mate.

So, while Valentine is the patron saint of love and other romantic things. This celebration really has nothing to do with him. Kind of sad, right?

Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies

Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies

Well, I think some multi-colored Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies will cheer you up! I don't want to perpetuate the lovey stereotype of Valentine's Day, but I do love eating pink and purple food!

What's so cool about these Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies is that we are using plants as food coloring, not chemicals. For the pink cookies we'll use beets and for the purple ones we'll use maqui powder. Both super healthy whole foods.

These cookies are super easy to make. Just mix the ingredients and bake! They only take 10 minutes in the oven. I hope you enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Recipe Prayer

St. Valentine, pray for us!

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Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies (two ways!)

Happy Valentines Day, friends! Today we're celebrating the feast day of St. Valentine with these Valentine's Day Oatmeal Cookies.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

10

Prep:

5

min

cook:

10

min

total:

15

min

Ingredients

Pink Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats gluten free, if necessary
  • 1/4 Cup Oat Flour gluten free, if necessary
  • 1/2 Ripe Banana, mashed
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Figs, chopped approx. 4 medium
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 Small Beet, roasted and mashed


Purple Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats gluten free, if necessary
  • 1/4 Cup Oat Flour gluten free, if necessary
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons Maqui Powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine the flaxseed with 1.5 Tablespoons of water. Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together – don’t forget the flax mixture in the fridge. Line tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography