Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pepita Oatmeal Raisin Raisin Cookie Bars - guest post by Somer of Vedgedout

This month's guest post is from my friend Somer of Vedgedout. She has shared the recipe for a delicious Valentine's themed treat. It looks super yummy and easy to make so I'll be giving this recipe a try very soon.

Pepita Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

We had a vegan food swap recently and a few days ago, I received a package filled with all kinds of delicious vegan goodies from Somer. So the timing for this post is perfect because I wanted to share a photo of my stash with all of you.

Somer: Goodie Bag

There's Chia Peanut Butter (I'm saving this so haven't opened the jar yet), Hazelnut Chocolate Butter (orgasmic!), Probiotic 'Cheesy' Almonds (yummers!), Textured Soy Protein Curls (nom!), Wild Orange Essential Oil (*deep, content sigh*), a bar of Handmade Soap (smells amazing!), the Winter 2012-13 issue of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine...

...and the best one of all, Cocoa Grounds which can be *brewed* like coffee!!! :O

Thanks to Somer, hubby and I have been starting our mornings with this awesomeness!

Somer: Brewable Chocolate

Thank you so so so much Somer for spoiling me with all these goodies. *Super Hugs* You are awesome and I'm going to rig all future vegan swaps to have you as my partner. :oP

Before we move on to Somer's post today, you should read her remarkable Vegan Journey. I also urge you to check out the fantastic Green Smoothie Challenge which she has designed after putting in a lot of time and effort. Even if you don't follow the challenge completely, all the delicious recipes in it will surely inspire you to eat at least a few super healthy meals.

And now, without further ado, on to Somer's post. :)


In the Pan

Sweets for the Sweet

Hey, I'm Somer from Vedged Out. I'm totally excited to be guest posting here at Veganosaurus. Especially so close to Valentines Day! Thanks Susmitha for inviting me! :)

My husband isn't really into desserts, cookies or cakes. So I don't bake as often as I'd like because I'm usually the one who ends up polishing off the goods or trying to pawn them on some poor unsuspecting neighbor. Like any of us though, he does have a few weaknesses in his very slight sweet tooth AND since it's a special holiday, I thought I'd make a treat that he does actually love. I'm sure you'll love it too.

Pepita Oatmeal Raisin Raisin Cookie Bars

  • 2 C. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 C. rolled oats
  • 1 C. organic sugar
  • 1 C. raisins
  • 1 C. pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. flax seed powder
  • 1/2 C. plant milk of choice
  • 1/3 C. melted coconut oil
  • 2 t. Mexican vanilla
  • 3 T. water

Method: Preheat oven to 350°, In a large mixing bowl combine the first 9 ingredients (all the dry stuff). Then stir in the last 4 ingredients (the wet stuff). Press dough into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cook for 30-35 minutes on a lower rack in the oven so that the top doesn't get overly browned. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing into bars and serving.

If your Valentine prefers dark chocolate chips and chopped pecans to raisins and pepita seeds, go ahead and swap em out. I won't tell. ;)
xoxo & Happy Valentines,
Love, Somer


  1. What a beautiful stash of vegan goodies!! Well-done, Somer! Susmitha, I'm calling dibs on Somer being my Temptivist partner next time ;-).

    The cookie bars look fantastic and I think, yes, I will take the suggestion of using chocolate chips - but will keep the raisins, too. I want it ALL!

  2. So fun to see my post here! I forgot some of the stuff that went into the package! Annie had sent me a Vegan Cuts box in January and I liked it so much I ordered another and was going to send its contents to you, my family attacked it however and so you ended up with remnants, plus of course some of my most favorite goodies :) Thanks again for coordinating this! xx -Somer

  3. What a wonderful vegan swap! You were pampered Susmitha! And great recipe from Somer, I'm always looking for oat recipes to use up the oat that remains from making oatmilk. :)
    I haven't forgotten about you Sus, bear with me a little more...

  4. Mmmm these look so good - I am definitely a Pecan and Dark Chip girl :)

  5. Oh, yum! My husband loves organic oats, and I just bought a huge jar of coconut oil so it's the perfect excuse to crack it open! Unfortunately he refuses to celebrate Valentines day (all to do with rebelling against the commercialism, sigh... I guess I understand) but I'll bake them for him anyway ;) Thanks for the recipe Somer, going over to check out your blog now! Thanks Susmitha as always for a great post!

  6. i want to make those cookies/bars!

    soy curls are the bomb! i had them last night, we eat them weekly! i like them pan fried with bbq sauce!

  7. This pepita oatmeal raisin cookie looks yummy.