Thin Oat and Ginger Crisps

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Today we drove a car on steep mountain roads surrounded by the greenest trees and bluest skies. With music on our radio and the girls singing in the backseat. We ended up in a small village called Porthino da Arrábida. We are in Portugal on holiday and we are loving it.

I am keeping this short since we are trying to minimize our indoor time on this trip. We have prepared cookies for you today, but before we give you the recipe I just wanted thank you for your warming thoughts on our last post about quitting my job. You repetably blow my mind with your kindness and encouragement. I can’t thank you enough for that.

Before we left, we played around with this oat cookie recipe. I remember eating similar cookies at my grandma’s house when I was a kid. They are supposed to be very thin, crispy, sweet and almost melt as they touch your tongue. I am not entirely sure that these cookies are as crispy as grandma’s, but they are rather close. If you use gluten free oats they will be both gluten free and vegan. I am pretty sure her’s wasn’t.

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We can assure you that this is one of the easiest and quickest cookie recipe you’ll ever try. They also taste awesome. We gave them a twist by adding a hint of ginger and clove. Just be aware, there is a very fine balance between the perfect amount of clove and too much. One pinch (1/6 tsp) should be just about right.

After a vote on instagram, we also tried using them for an ice cream sandwich. It tasted awesome with some vanilla frozen yogurt. Our only problem was that we played around too long in the sun, so they quickly melted away.

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Thin Oat & Ginger Crisps
Makes around 12 – the recipe can easily be doubled. Or tripled …

4 tbsp coconut oil (or butter, if you prefer), room tempered 
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp buckwheat flour
2 tbsp milk (soy/oat/almond/cow)
2/3 cup/200 ml/70 g rolled oats

1 tsp ground ginger
a pinch ground clove
a pinch vanilla extract
a pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. Stir together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spoon up 12 pieces of dough onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Use the backside of a spoon (or your thumb) to flatten it out as thin as you can. They should be slightly larger than 2 inch / 5 cm wide. Bake for about 15-18 minutes or until they get a bit dark around the edges. When warm they will still be soft, but they become crispier as they cool down. Let cool on the sheet for about a minute. After a day they will loose a little of their crisp, but they still taste awesome.

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PS. Great news! Our book, The Green Kitchen, will be published in Swedish, by Norstedts Förlag. It will come out Spring 2014. It looks like it will be released in a few other languages too. We will let you know about the other editions as soon as we can.

90 Comments

  • It really looks like you are having a nice holiday. Enjoy your time as much as you can and don't think too much about us (your readers), I think we all understand. The recipe looks great too, just as all the ones you've posted. Congratulations for your work, it's marvellous! Looking forward to having your book for my birthday in a few weeks.
  • Love the look of these! I've got friends coming for dinner tonight and wanted a quick and simple recipe for dessert - I'm going to make these and use them to sandwich some blueberry ice cream I have in the freezer. Thank you!
  • Sonja
    Dear David, Luise and Elsa, have fun in Portugal! We have been at the Algarve 2 years ago with our daughter (being 3 then). There is a wonderful beach: Praia dos Tres Irmaos near Alvor 10 km east of Lagos. The next beach on the other side of the cliffs is called Praia do Canico near Alvor . You get there by an elevator with a little beach café in the rocks. Before, you park your car outside an area of holiday houses and follow the signs to the Canico bar. The beach is absolutely gorgeous, calm and huge rocks around. We stayed in the QUinta das Barradas (quintadasbarradas.com) with child care (for only 4 children when we were there), but it is no real "animation". If you would like to go somewhere with Yoga you could chose for a little hotel called reguengo (reguengo.de) in the Alentejo (but far from the beach). If you would like to rent a house/appartment near Lagos there is a friend of mine called Annegret Pannewitz who works for casa-feria.de. I just wanted to send you these little hints, happy holiday, Sonja from Germany
  • Great pictures! I think that ginger is one of my favourite flavours right now.
  • Ana
    I'm so happy just to know you are in Portugal! There are beautiful, well preserved villages along the whole atlantic coast, as well as amazing beaches scattered... many of them are hard to find, I hope you find our own secret favorite spots :). If you ever release the book in Portuguese, it is a sure gift for my mother. And last but not least, these cookies look simple and amazing!
  • I bet that some lemon zest would taste right at home in these cookies. I look forward to trying them! Enjoy Portugal and its generous sun!
  • Oh yes, these are going on my weekend to-bake list. Thin, crispy, ginger perfection.
  • What a recipe! It seems delicious!
  • Giulia
    Oh about the book.. my mum would looooooove to have it in German since her English is very limited :/ Looking forward to it ;) Lovely recipe! Gonna try it soon! xx
  • Enjoy the beautiful weather in Portugal and if you have the chance visit the beaches of Carvalhal (Pego) and Comporta. They are my favourites! Just so you know, you have some fans also here, I love your book! ;)
  • Kristina
    Thank you for the recipe!! Love your site and app! Will definately try these cookies soon. :) /Kristina
  • Okay, I subscribed to your blog on sunday and today tuesday, I pretty much know what the pictures will be when I click on the a recipe on the index, because I have looked at them so much, and they are beautiful, inspiring and delicious, don't even have to try them to know that. You are inspiring me loads for my own blog, which I recently began, although I have been cooking for ages! Thanks!
  • Line Stenholt Jokumsen
    Hey. Kommer jeres kogebog nogensinde på dansk? Har købt den på engelsk, men der er flere af ingredienserne som google translate ikke forstår.:-D PS: Nomnomnomnomnom! Lækre småkager!
  • celine
    They look delicious...and Elsa is so pretty! Thank you for the recipe, will try it soon. I am making the flower power cake for Saturday! Happy holiday. celine
  • These cookies look SO good and simple to prepare, I need to make them soon! Enjoy your vacation in sunny Portugal!!!
  • krynkals
    Awesome! This is so in time. I`m sure my daughter who is 15m old will love them(sans the sweetener), so as we. Ever since i bumped to your website(looking for vege kids recipes and some guidelines) i love it! Thank you for your work and commitment! Have a nice, warm and sunny vacation
  • isabel
    hi, so proud to now your in my country, just hope you`ll find it so precious , although small sized it has great lovely people, nature and such delicious and diversified local food from north to south ; dont miss lisbon,sintra and tavira ; your work gives me an extra breath , thanks !
  • They sound Delish! I love clove too but yes there is a fine line that should not be crossed. On my list to cook. Thanks
  • kimpeck
    these look absolutely divine! i can't wait to try them :) i just ordered your book from the UK - the cover & title are way cooler than the one published here in the USA. i can't wait to read it cover to cover!! (it would be so great to have a 'print' button for the recipe...)
  • Pat
    How did you know I was looking for oatmeal cookies? Have them in the oven right now. My husband and I have had a lot of fun making your recipes. Our palates are changing to a more plant based diet. NEVER thought it would happen.
  • Yum!! These look delicious. Can't wait to try the recipe!
  • Wow, Portugal, I hope you are having a fantastic time. Have a few pasteis de nada on me. These cookies look delicious, just like the sort of cookies I would use to console myself over not being in Portugal right now.
  • Oh, these cookies are just beautiful! I can't wait to make them for my GF and vegan friends. The ingredient list looks fabulous, as do those ice cream sandwiches. Yum!!! Congrats on your book, too!
  • Yum! I'm a sucker for anything crispy and oat-based. And I love the idea of adding ginger and clove instead of the traditional cinnamon. Have a magnificent holiday - I'm already jealous from your instagram photos!
  • So simple and perfect. These look especially amazing turned into ice-cream sandwiches! I haven't baked anything for way too long. Enjoy the rest of your holiday :)
  • I'm so happy that you are visiting my country and enjoying it! Have you been to Nazaré and Obidos? Are you going south, to visit the beaches? I recommend Lagos! I can provide you with more ideas on where to go! I hope this trip inspires you to make many more delicious recipes like these crisps
  • YUM!!! I don't have buckwheat flour on me, maybe I'll try using spelt? I love oat cookies :)
  • Nothing better in the summer than a messy ice cream sandwich. Those cookies look fabulous!
  • kendra
    I received your new book on my kindle this morning- what a happy surprise as I had preordered it weeks ago. I cant wait to dive into it :) oh and the cookie recipe looks super.

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