Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

This past weekend the hubs and I went to the cutest theater. The Valley Theater.

It’s tucked behind some other businesses so you can hardly see it from the road. When you walk in, a lady who greets you like a mom (think “welcome home, honey!”), will take your $4 for the movie and get you any goodies you want. I love that she ripped off 2 tickets from a roll of “admit one” grocery style tickets. There was poor lighting, thank you notes taped to the wall, and bathrooms tucked below and behind the front counter. The greatest part, besides the smallest screen I’ve ever seen in a theater, is that the Bollywood movie next to us could be heard through the walls. Tom Cruise in Oblivion had quite the music in his head!

This is not a hate-bash. I actually am really excited to go back! When we exited, I didn’t see anyone that worked there. We just joined the other old people and exited the building. I’m pretty sure we were the youngest people there. Seriously, the theater itself was worth the $4. It’s a gem! You need to go. Our friends told us they have 2 small theaters and 1 huge one there. I can’t wait to see more.

Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

So I’m not encouraging you to sneak these into the theater, but they would make a good movie snack.

These have no flour added besides pulverizing oatmeal into flour. And if you needed gluten-free, then changing your oats would work great. But if you’re allergic to walnuts, it might be a deal-breaker. That being said, I really want to experiment and try making these with another nut, so I’ll let you know how that goes.

As a side note, in case you were going to try it, I’ve tried making these with honey and their gross. They need just a little sugar to make them palatable. Well, chocolate helps too.

Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 Tbsp flax meal + 6 Tbsp water
  • 2 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 - 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, pulverize the oats until they are a fine powder. In a mixing bowl, add the oats, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, and brown sugar. Stir until combined. (Add the 1 Tbsp flax seeds here if you want them).
  3. In a small bowl, add the 2 Tbsp of flax meal and water, stir, and let sit for several minutes to thicken.
  4. While waiting for the flax meal, measure our your walnuts and put them in the food processor. Pulse them until they are fine, You want them to be sticky, but not quite turned to butter.
  5. Add the walnuts and flax meal ("eggs") to the oat mixture. Combine. Add chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon out a small amount and using your hands, form the ball into a cookie, smashing it down slightly before baking. It might seem like a crumbly mixture, but when you push it together, they stick just fine. Cook on a lightly greased cookie sheet or nonstick mat for 11 minutes until just a hit of golden is on the top.
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