Thin Oat and Ginger Crisps


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.



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.


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.


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.


  • 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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