Buttermilk Spice Oatmeal Pancake Cookies
These are arguably the best tasting cookies ever. In the world.
You will need:
1. Pre-cookie day prep:
Put 1.5 cups rolled oats in a glass or plastic container. Pour 1 cup of buttermilk over the oats and cover with a lid and put in the fridge for at least a few hours, overnight is best.
2. Dry Ingredients:
1.5 cups flour - I used King Arthur Brand White Whole Wheat.
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon Ceylon Cinnamon or 1 teaspoon "regular" cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom (HIGHLY recommended, it gives a great flavor to loads of baked goods)
Mix up your dry ingredients in one bowl.
3. Wet Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
Yes, it's sweet. You can lower the sweet if you prefer.
Mix the wet ingredients and then blend on medium with a blender for a few minutes, making sure to get all the coconut oil lumps out. You could use a cup of butter instead of the coconut oil but I made them both ways and honestly the coconut oil ones were better.
Mix really well also to get air in the mix which will make the cookies so good.
4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients a little at a time. Once the batter is all mixed, fold in your soaked oats and at this point you can also do some add ins if you like.
You could use nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, or whatever your beautiful heart desires.
Use around 1 cup total mix ins.
The ones in the photo I did a little salted cashew pieces, real white chocolate mini chips, and those Craisins that are blueberry juice infused. This mix was FaNtAsTiC!!! I love chocolate but the flavor combination of these with the spice and the buttermilk oats....just so perfect and hard to describe but the taste is phenomenal.
5. Bake 'em. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, 350 degrees convection oven or 370 degrees non-convection. If you do tablespoon sized cookies, they will take around 8 minutes. Or ice-cream scoop sized will take 10-12 depending on your scoop size. You can see them spread out and if you watch, you can see the darker/wet on top disappear as they cook. As soon as that darker part disappears from the center, they're done.
These are amazing warm after baking and cooling off for a few minutes, or I keep the rest in the fridge between torn up sheets of parchment paper that I used to bake them on, sealed glass or plastic container. Great for a quick breakfast cookie or hiking food. Or heck, TV-watching food.
Healthier mix ins could be sunflower seeds and chopped dates, or even roasted and salted pumpkin seeds with bittersweet chocolate chips. These cookies even with no mix ins would be great.
I actually never bought buttermilk before this. My first Pandemic 2020 outing to the grocery store revealed to me a totally empty dairy case except for buttermilk, so I got one thinking maybe I could use it in my coffee. The answer is no. I don't know how I thought to add the buttermilk to the oats...I think I was thinking that I prefer rolled oats but cookie recipes often call for quick oats else the rolled ones can sometimes absorb too much moisture and leave you with drier cookies than normal. Well the buttermilk bath solves that problem! Also it gives such a unique flavor. I got the Organic Valley one from Whole Foods.
If you're into superfoods and healthy stuff, I also did this recipe the same way but with 1/3 cup Mesquite Powder added into the dry ingredients and an additional 1/3 cup buttermilk in the oats mixture (to balance out the added dry ingredient)
Raw Mesquite is from Peru and has a really unique flavor. It's not the meat smoked mesquite flavor at all. It's a superfood, meaning it's high in protein, nutrients, and low glycemic. The mesquite tree is called the Tree of Life in Peru and mesquite pods and seeds have been eaten there for energy and stamina for ages.
This is the one I got:
You can also swap out 1/3 cup of flour in any recipe for mesquite, or add a scoop to smoothies. You can even mix some into burgers/meatloaf/turkey burgers for a unique flavor and added nutritional benefits.
OK let me know how much you love these in the comments, and remember, you're awesome and I love you.