Meeting Snacks #1: Mysterious Orange-Colored Crisp/Chip/Cookie?!

Did all of you enjoy our third membership meeting? I hope you guys found the Career Workshop useful/informative!

Our next membership meeting on October 11, and we will be holding a Resume & Opportunities Workshop for the perfect resume & what you can do to gain more nutrition experiences! If you’re not on our emailing list already, leave a message here or email ucbsda@gmail.com!

Although some of you may have forgotten about this, I’m sure some may be curious about all the weird, other-worldly snacks at the meeting were, and I shall reveal it here!

First, there is the Nearly Vegan Sweet Potato-Raisin-Oatmeal-Flaxseed Crisp/Chip/Cookie! (What a mouthful!)

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Originally I intended to make some sort of oatmeal cookie, but I was inspired by this Vegan Carrot Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and the huge sweet potatoes I bought at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, which I volunteer at. Thus, I found this Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe, and combined the two! Like all of my weird baking experiments, it didn’t exactly turn out like I thought it would be, but feel free to try it!

Fun Facts about the ingredients!

For more info on Flax Seed, see its nutrition & uses in the links. See more on flaxseed as egg substitutes here.

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Mysterious Orange-Colored Crisp/Chip/Cookie?!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup flax seed soaked in 1/3 cup filtered water

1 cup mashed sweet potato

1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola oil)

1/4 cups sugar (less for brown sugar. Depends on the sweetness of the sweetner and the sweet potato you have on hand and your preference)

1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

2 cups all-purpose flour (if you have whole wheat a-p flour, even better!)

a bit of salt (to balance/bring out the sweetness)

1. Mix the flaxseed and water in a bowl and wait for it to thicken.

2. Cook/bake/steam(/microwave?!) the sweet potato and mash it up.

3. Combine the flaxseed mixture with sweet potatoes and add vegetable oil and sugar.

4. Add oats, flour and salt to the wet ingredients & mix until roughly combined.

5. Next, spread the (slightly sticky) “dough” onto a baking sheet that is greased or lined with tin foil or  baking paper. To get a crunchy texture, try to make it as thin as possible. If the chewy texture is desired, drop them in blogs like the picture on the right.

6. Bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes, or until yellowish-brown. (This differs for each oven… So watch out!)

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I actually found the left one more convenient to make. I just spread the dough out and used a knife to cut it after it’s been in the oven for a while.

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Coming up soon…. *drum rolls* Rosemary Spice Bread/Fudge?!

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