Vegan oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies

If you follow me on Twitter or my personal Facebook page, you might have seen that I got the job at Organic Works Bakery Cafe! I am seriously over the moon about this. It’s a fantastic company and I fully support its views on food and health. Not to mention its food is delicious – check out my posts here and here to see some of the great meals I’ve had there.

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I met with the owners Peter and Kate yesterday to discuss their idea for a job for me. The cafe has a retail component where they sell lots of organic, gluten-free, vegan and/or nut-free products, and they want me to work on some projects to organize their inventory, stock new products, create gift baskets, etc. It’s perfect for my nutrition background and I can’t wait to get started. My first shift is today!

The moral of the story? Wooing companies with your homemade cookies is a great way to get a job. ;) The bakery cafe is gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free, so I modified Dreena Burton’s Super Charge Me Cookies to fit all of these dietary needs and labelled them as my “Please Hire Me Cookies”. Here’s the recipe:

Vegan oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies

Vegan oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies
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Vegan, nut free, and gluten free.
Yield: 14-16 cookies
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup quinoa flour
  • ¼ cup garbanzo bean flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Scant ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup ground flax
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, quinoa flour, garbanzo bean flour, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, raisins and chocolate chips.
  3. In a smaller bowl mix together the flax, maple syrup, sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter, vanilla and oil. You may want to microwave it for ~15 seconds to ease mixing.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter will be sticky so spoon it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and use wet fingers to shape it into slightly flattened mounds.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes at 350°F or until the bottoms of the cookies have darkened.

Vegan oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies

What’s your favourite gluten free, vegan and/or nut free cookie recipe?

What’s the best part-time job you’ve ever had?


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28 Responses to Vegan oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies

  1. I love this! Good to have this recipe for the next time I need to get hired ;) Huge congratulations on the job. It is so well deserved and I know you'll be awesome!

  2. Omg these look amazing! Definitely going to try them out, since I've never made a gluten free/vegan/nut free recipe and these look pretty easy!! ANd I'm so pumped for you :) THis bakery looks awesome! My best part time job was probably working at Dairy Queen in high school…my best friends worked there too and we all loved the soft serve, candy, and cookies…doesn't get much better at 16 ;)

  3. Next time I go out on a job interview, I'm bringing baked goods. :-pIt's hard to say what my best part-time job has been…during my undergrad I worked Saturdays at the farmers market, which was pretty awesome (and an excuse to eat samples from all the bakeries around me)

  4. oh yay! a recipe for the famous cookies!!

  5. Congrats on the new job!! So fun at a bakery!! My favorite part time job was bartending – it was like going out and making money without feeling hungover in the morning! haha

  6. Yay congrats!!! I feel like this is such a great job for you :D

  7. That is so adorable that you named them "please hire me cookies"!! Congrats again on getting the new job, I hope you love it, and good luck with your first shift!!

  8. Aww congrats on getting the job!! Maybe baking cookies for interviewers is the way to go ;)

  9. Congrats on the job, Chelsea….way to be a go-getter :)! Even though I don't "know" you in personally, I know from your blog alone that you will excel in this job- it sounds perfect for you! Good luck today!

  10. Yum,..I used to work at steak and shake lol, when I was like 16 and I always had the guy who made the shakes make me a chocolate one!

  11. What an awesome way to get a potential employer's attention! Seriously, you're one smart (vegan) cookie. ;)

  12. I am just in awe about this opportunity for you, I can't wait to hear more about it. You are a perfect fit for there

  13. Congrats on the job, girl! The cookies look amazing and kudos to you for being so creative with making them gluten, dairy, and nut free! Thats a challenge for sure!!

  14. I worked at a chocolate store a few years ago as a part-time job! My homework was to bring home all the chocolates and try them (and then memorize their names and ingredients).

  15. Congrats on the new job, that's awesome and that bakery looks divine! I've had a bag of garbanzo bean flour in my cupboard for ages but have yet to find something to make with it… Cookies sound like a sweet idea :)

  16. I LOVE that you baked a batch of cookies to persuade the owners of Organic Works Bakery Cafe to hire you! Congrats!! It sounds like a perfect position for you! When I come visit you in London (maybe this spring?!), I'll most definitely be spending lots of time at this place. ;) My favorite gluten free cookie is actually one of the easiest recipes I've ever made: flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. It's a recipe that's all over the internet now, but I continue to go back to it when I want something sweet, and I want it fast! :) The ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter (you could totally sub soy nut butter), 1 cup sugar, 1 egg and 1 t. baking powder. Chocolate chips are optional, but highly recommended. Happy Friday, Chelsea! I'm so happy that you landed the part-time job you wanted! <3

  17. YES! So excited for you. I am about to start selling my cookies as well. So yay for both of us! :) Happy weekend Chelsea!

  18. congrats on the job, that sounds awesome! I have always thought that my ideal job would be at a health food store or organic cafe. Next time I am in London, I want to try this place!

  19. Congrats on getting the job, Chelsea! It honestly sounds like a dream. And good call on those cookies. I love the Super Charge Me cookies, and it's been far too long since I've made them – I might just have to give your mods a go!

  20. Oh my goodness CONGRATS GIRL! That is so exciting and I honestly can't think of a better job given your passion and background in nutrition :) I can't wait to hear how your first day goes!

  21. CONGRATS on landing the job!!! It honestly sounds PERFECT for you and it's always fun to work at a place that you love to eat/hangout at, right? I think my favorite part time job was at Eastern Mountain Sports – working there was even BETTER than wandering around shopping there because we got to climb the rock wall when the store was closed and since the manager knew I liked cycling he would unlock the expensive road bikes for me after hours and let me ride them around the store haha. Anyway, these cookies were a great idea to bake for the owners and um, sounds like they worked! They're perfect for ALL of my food intolerances too, hard to find cookies that have neither gluten nor nuts, so you better believe I'm gonna be making these :-D

  22. Congrats on the job! That is such a good story about how you got hired. The cookies must be amazing! :) I have to try them asap.

  23. Congrats again! This sounds like the perfect first step in your career (err, second if you count your education!). I once had a part job as a barista in a small local coffee shop and loved it!

  24. Congrats on the new job girlie! I just check out your other posts and can see why you are so excited about this! Love the changes you made to the cookies…can't believe I've never thought to use sunflower seed butter in a sweet recipe before! Brilliant!Favorite gluten free cookie: 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies! I haven't had one in at least a year…but well, you know my track record with cookies…that's probably a GOOD thing! Lol

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