Strange stress relief tactic #1 – baking cookies

It’s strange that I had never baked cookies before… I’ve had plenty of stress in the past year.

But apparently it took the health scare of darling hound #2 (DH2) to bring out the strong need to bake. Immediately. Despite the fact my stomach was in knots. And I hadn’t eaten anything else. So last Monday was the start of ‘bake cookies to forget’ week.


While it didn’t help me forget, it did (at least temporarily) soothe the savage beast within, and I did eat (several) of these.

Here is the recipe if you want to give these a go – they have that wonderful soothing ‘rustic’ homemade look and feel (i.e.: they are very unprofessional to look at, but they *are* tasty) … and really, in times of ‘need’ that’s all that matters!

Nutty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

adapted from How it all Vegan! by Sarah Kramer

(a note – while I am not vegan, I did stick fairly faithfully to the vegan ingredient list, with the exception of the chocolate chips – feel free to exclude, or use vegan chocolate chips if desired. I also excluded cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger because I wanted something plain, and did not have these items on hand).


1 cup flour

3/4 cup rolled oat flakes

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup olive oil spread (or other margarine/butter)

1/4 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)

2 eggs, or replacement (I used 6 tbsp apple sauce)

a few drops vanilla essence

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

N.B – 3 tbsp apple sauce = 1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. In a large bowl, stir together all of the ingredients (feel free to sift all of the dry ingredients and mix the wet in a separate bowl and then combine; I wanted speed and less washing up 😉

2. Once well combined, drop mounds (one heaped tablespoon should do it) on a non stick baking tray, leaving room between them for expansion (don’t follow my lead here and cut corners, or you will end up with one giant cookie – perhaps not a bad outcome?). You will note here that I used baking paper – I was using ‘old school’ non stick trays – however you won’t get that really crunchy underbelly on the cookie.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden. If you like your cookies crunchy, leave in the oven for a few more minutes.


Enjoy with coffee or tea and hopefully your troubles will seem a little further away.


2 responses to “Strange stress relief tactic #1 – baking cookies

  1. Not strange at all. Baking and cooking really complicated things is my #2 go-to stress relief (#1 is to go galloping around the countryside on my horse – not always a convenient thing to do!). I think it’s the breaking down of things into small tasks and the beauty of having something delicious at the end – it makes everything more manageable. That’s my theory anyway 🙂

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