You can bake or dehydrate the cookies made of small amounts of chia seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pistachio nuts, and almonds all ground into the consistency of meal with added flax meal (or grind the fresh golden flax seeds) to hold the balls or cookies together. A coffee grinder is one way to grind the dry seeds and nuts. Unsweetened milk substitute means no added sweeteners. But plain means some sweeteners were added but no added coloring or flavoring.
Use a little unsweetened almond milk or carrot juice to moisturize the mixture so that the batter holds together in a ball when squeezed. Then add dried fruit, chill for a few hours, and serve as raw fruit-seed-nut balls or use an almond meal-based dough to bake cookies without using any type of grain or flour. Instead, you'd make cookies using meal from seeds and nuts ground in a dry grinder, blender, or coffee grinder to a meal consistency.
What's healthy about this cookie recipe is that it's vegan and is made entirely of nuts, seeds, fruit, and fruit juice or nondairy milk substitutes such as almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, hazelnut milk or hemp milk. You can make a nut milk by liquefying or emulsifying a handful of your favorite nuts, such as almonds, with water in your blender. Grind the flax and chia seeds into a meal because whole seeds are not easy on childrens' stomachs when passing through the gut. They need to be ground to meal consistency in a dry blender, coffee grinder, or food processor.
You can combine flax seed meal, chia seed meal, and sesame seeds into a ground paste-like consistency to mix with ground almonds as you turn the almonds into almond meal in your grinder or dry blender. I use a Vita-Mix dry container to get the meal-like consistency from nuts and seeds.
You can soak the almonds overnight in a jar of water in your refrigerator and blend with water to make your own almond milk. Then strain the liquid through a boiled, clean cheesecloth and use the emulsion as liquid mixed with fruit juice to make your cookie.
Bake almond-chia seed-sesame cookies with your children for National Grandparent's Day today, or for any holiday, birthday or event. Here's a vegan, eggless, dairy-free, no added sugar or salt recipe to prepare with your children to show kids how to focus on whole grain, seeds, and nut cookies you can serve without using white flour and table sugar. It uses fresh fruit, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, oat bran, oat meal, and (optional) wheat germ. This recipe uses grains and is not gluten-free. To make a gluten-free recipe, leave out the grains and just use ground nuts and seeds to form the dough from almond meal and ground seeds such as flax seed meal, sesame, and chia seeds.
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup oat meal
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates or other dried fruit of your choice such as raisins or nectarines
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of flax seeds
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup unsweetened soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or hemp milk or any nondairy liquid milk substitute
1or 2 tablespoons lecithin granules
If liquid is too thin, add more oat bran and oat meal to thicken. Begin by putting two scoops (about 2 tablespoons) of organic chia seeds in a blender. Then add two tablespoons of whole golden flax seeds and 1 to 2 tablespoons of lecithin granules. On top of that add a cup of raw almonds. Then add liquid, such as a cup of pomegranate juice and a half cup of soy, rice, almond, or hemp milk. Blend the ingredients and liquid until you get a puree. Now add one peeled banana and liquefy the emulsion again in your blender until it looks like a paste.
Pour the puree of nuts, one banana, chopped dried fruit (such as dates, nectarines, or raisins), and seeds liquefied with your favorite liquid such as fruit juice, soy milk, or water into a large bowl or sauce pan. Add 1/2 cup of sesame seeds and stir. Now add a cup of oat meal, a cup of oat bran, and (optional) a half cup of wheat germ. Mix and stir until all ingredients are blended and the batter begins to thicken somewhat. Finally, add a cup of chopped, pitted dates or any dried fruit of your choice such as raisins or nectarines. This further sweetens the cookie.
To thicken the batter, add a little more oat bran and/or oat meal. Chill for about an hour in the refrigerator. Then form into flat, round cookies and place on two oiled cookie sheets. You can coat the cookie sheets with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees F until the underside of the cookies are light brown. Cool, put in a covered glass bowl or cookie jar and serve. Makes at least a dozen or more small cookies.