Smashed Cookie Salad with Strawberries

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Cookie Salad? Cookie Salad! This is not your typical salad but with the first local strawberries of the year popping up here in Scandinavia, a smashed cookie salad seemed like a proper way to celebrate.

Every country think their strawberries are the best, but Swedish strawberries around June and July are truly unbeatable. They are plump, deep red, very sweet and so so good simply served in a bowl with just a dash of oat milk or cream. Delicious as that may be, it is not a recipe to blog about or to celebrate summer with. Hence, this cookie salad. We bake a giant cookie, smash (!) it into bits that we layer with strawberries, whipped cream and elderflowers. Apart from the childishly pleasing feeling of smashing cookies, all those oddly sized bits and pieces also are what makes the salad interesting. It has a great mix of textures and flavors, looks pretty and is very simple. It is a good dessert to make for your friends or family. You can bake the cookie ahead of time (or use any store-bought cookie) and ideally, you want to smash the cookie and assemble the salad in front of your guests. We’ve gathered a few recipe notes and suggestions how to change it up here below.

But first, check out the recipe video we made. Luise is doing a little intro talk in this video and we’d love to hear if you like us to develop this style more, or if you prefer them with just music. We are having a bit of hard time deciding ourselves.

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Recipe notes:
• We made the cookie vegan to make it as inclusive as possible but you can replace coconut oil with butter if you are more into that. Vegans would obviously also use whipped coconut cream or whipped soy cream.
• Use cert gluten-free oats if you are gluten intolerant.
• The buckwheat flour can be replaced with regular flour if you like.
• You can make this into an Eton Mess by adding a larger amount of cream (and maybe even meringues) and serving it in glasses.
• You can swap the whipped cream for greek yogurt and serve this as a weekend breakfast. Or do 50/50 cream and yogurt for a more tangy dessert.
• If you have mint or lemon balm at home, those would be great additions to the salad.
• You can add any edible flowers and they are of course also entirely optional.
• If your berries are imported or not sweet enough, simply drizzle a little maple syrup, honey or elderflower syrup over the salad.

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Strawberry and Smashed Cookie Salad

Vegan Chocolate Oat Cookies
200 g / 2 cups rolled oats
65 g / ½ cup buckwheat flour
4 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp chia seeds
150 g / 1 cup mixed almonds and pumpkin seeds (or any other nuts or seeds), coarsely chopped
½ tsp sea salt
110 g / ½ cup coconut oil or butter
125 ml / ½ cup maple syrup
125 ml / 
½ cup plant milk

Salad elements
450 g / 1 lb fresh strawberries
1 knob fresh ginger, grated
1 small lemon, juice
elderflower and lilacs or other edible summer flowers
250 ml / 1 cup whipping cream or whipped coconut cream (or Greek yogurt)

Set the oven to 200°C/400°F. Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and plant milk. Stir together and let sit for 20 minutes to allow the chia seeds and oats to thicken. Meanwhile, rinse the strawberries, cut in halves and place in a mixing bowl. Add grated ginger, lemon juice and a few elderflower florets (and honey or maple syrup if you don’t think your berries are sweet enough). Leave to infuse while you whip the cream. Pour onto a baking sheet covered with a baking paper. Flatten out and shape a large, round cookie using your hands. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and firm (it will firm up more once it cools). Leave to cool and then crush the cookie into pieces. Transfer the juicy strawberries to a large serving platter. Add dollops of whipped cream (or yogurt) and tuck in the pieces of broken cookie all over. Scatter over the cookie crumbles and decorate with more elderflowers and lilacs. Crush a few strawberries in your palm to drizzle strawberry juice over the cream. Serve and enjoy!

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61 Comments

  • Do you recommend 1 egg or 2 eggs instead of chia seeds? The bigger question: where did Luise find elderflowers in Stockholm? Please tell! I've been looking everywhere.
  • I am definitely try this out soon!!!
  • Desirée
    I agree with Jenny and how we don’t know Luise as well so having her in the spotlight speaking is nice to see, but I’m a huge fan of just the music only. The music playing while watching the recipe be made is so beautiful and uncomplicated. Simple. Clean. Just my opinion. Fan from Boston MA Desirée
  • birgit
    simply - i love it so much :)))
  • Hedda
    Love love love the talking! Love the videos! I have missed them! Keep them coming. Stor klem fra Norge
  • Valeria
    Please o please do more videos with this format, the short intro talk makes for an even more enjoyable experience (:
  • Monica Mata Pascual
    Hi I made the recipe and everything was great exept for the cookie texture, It turned out to be a bit chewy in the middle, only crunchy in the edges. Did you use heat up and down, only down or air?? Thanks so much for being so kind of sharing these great recipees!!
    • MAde the recipe yesterday and had the same issue (chewy in the middle) so I'd really like to get an answer. Was thinking about making 2 thinner ones the next time.
  • Edith Ingenhaag
    I can't eat oats, is there a substitute for it
    • It will probably work fine with almond flour or coconut flour. Or you can try it with another flaky grain, like quinoa, spelt or buckwheat flakes. Good luck! David
      • I will just jump in and say, almond flour and coconut flour are very different, and not interchangeable. I cannot eat any grains and I have learned a lot about grain-free cooking in the last few years. I'm afraid a simple sub of almond flour for the oats would likely not work -- and the coconut flour would definitely not work! Coconut flour is very dense and absorbs a lot of moisture. The almond flour is a very different texture from the oats, and also would not work, though for different reasons. This cookie is essentially a sort of granola, so to make a grain-free version of this cookie, I would suggest googling around for "paleo granola" or "grain-free granola." There are some good options on the bakerita site, some of which are also chocolate. I might try this approach myself! I do like the flowers in this recipe. I have no experience cooking with flowers and it is intriguing, but it might be hard to find flowers that have not been sprayed with chemicals and pesticides here in New York. Cheers.
  • Madalena
    the recipe is awesome, and Luise's intro is really nice!
  • Jamey
    This was wonderful. I doubled the cookie recipe and ate the second one throughout the week as a giant granola bar.
  • Lynn
    I absolutely love this format of videa, please include more of this style! The dessert obviously looks fantastic, how could it not? We are not in strawberry season yet though so for now I'll dream about warmer weather and fresh berries.
  • This video is so sweet, yes, more talking! My daughter loves Luise! She shouts every time she is on the screen, "Mom, it's Luise!" We often set the GKS Youtube Channel on repeat while we cook together. We can't wait to try the cookie! And Ella is really excited about the coconut cream. BTW, I have no idea about lilacs being edible. I have a huge tree in my yard (they are already gone). I will have to try next year! Happy Sunday!
  • The scent of elder flowers is drifting up to my bedroom window calling me to pull out my shears and make this gemlike strawberry studded dessert.
  • RachelJ UK
    Both types of video are delightful. Perhaps some recipes will just seem to flow and that dialogue isn't needed ... and others, if a bit more involved will need it. Keep up the good food / good work. Your blog is very enjoyable to read and now to watch, and of course test and taste.
  • Joana
    This video is so inspiring ! It makes you go into the kitchen and try it. Thanks Luise
  • Nadine
    Love the recipe, love the talking, love the music!
  • Stef
    Beautiful as always!! Am very keen to try it asap. :))) Reminds me of your Chocolate Granola which is a true favorite and staple here with us. Video voting: I love to hear Luises's voice, since we all feel so much like your friends after following you for quite a while. :) Still: Your music choice is so to the point that I might even prefer the more reduced version. They are like little foodblogging gemstones. Love to all of you!
  • Anjali
    OMG thats the best thing that i have come across today!! Super cool, I love your posts so much. Cant wait to try it !!!
  • Okay, you should have seen how fast I sat up when I read the words "cookie salad" -- this looks seriously amazing and different. Can't wait to try!

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