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Seed Jumble Cookies

seed jumble cookies by Ricki Heller

Reminiscent of a granola bar, these cookies are chock-full of seeds and flavor. And they’re incredibly easy to make! Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom.

Makes: About 20 cookies

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) agave nectar, light or dark
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) natural smooth
    almond butter
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1-1/4 cups (130 g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) light spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) finely ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) sunflower seeds, raw or lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) pumpkin seeds, raw or lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup (50 g) sesame seeds, raw or lightly toasted

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.

In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, agave nectar, vanilla, almond butter and tahini until smooth.

In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to combine well. The mixture will appear a bit crumbly and you may wonder if it will stick together enough; this is as it should be.

Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon (15 ml), drop mounds of the mixture about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on cookie sheets (you may need to press the edges a bit for it to hold together). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets about halfway through, until golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from the sheets (cookies will firm up as they cool). Makes about 20 cookies. May be frozen.

Ricki Heller is the author of Sweet Freedom and several e-books on specialty cooking subjects. Visit her at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs.

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    March 15, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Hi, Nava. I made these cookies today, but wanted to cut the sweetness down (I routinely cut sugar in recipes to 1/3 and still find them sweet). Since agave and maple syrup are liquid, I used more tahini and peanut butter (instead of almond butter). The cookies were really difficult to form and were very fragile after baking. Nevertheless, they tasted fantastic! Do you have any recommendation for those wanting to reduce sweetener?

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    March 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Being celiac is there anything I can replace the spelt flour with?

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      March 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Simply use your favorite GF flour mix – like Bob’s Red Mill.

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    February 27, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Oh man these look good! But I was hoping that I could make them “school safe”? I want to make something calorie dense like this for her, but her school has a no nuts policy (plus, there is also an anaphylactic allergy to sesame in her classroom!). I think I could replace the almond butter with “Wow Butter” easy enough, but tahini has a unique texture to it. Not sure what I can replace with that? The actual sesame seeds I can replace with hemp seeds easy enough.

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      February 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      HI Natalie — you’re right, that tahini has a unique taste, but to keep things simple, just substitute with the equivalent amount of your Wow Butter (I’d love to know more about that product!).

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    February 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    “Wow Butter” is a school safe peanut butter replacement. It uses soy beans. It is still a very processed product, so I only use it for the occasional packed lunch. All sunflower seed butters are also made at a factory that also manufacturers peanut or other nut products, so that is not a school safe option either.

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    September 19, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I don’t have spelt flour – do you think oat flour would work as a substitution?

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    November 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm


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