Easy Vegan Cinnamon Walnut Biscuits
Today we’re talking about easy, vegan, cinnamon walnut biscuits.
Real talk: I’m so happy with these biscuits, I could burst. Whilst I have dabbled with baking vegan breads and cakes in the past, these vegan cinnamon walnut biscuits are actually the end product of my first time ever making any type of vegan biscuit. And they came out perfectly on the VERY FIRST ATTEMPT. As any keen baker will know, that’s pretty much the best thing that can happen within a baking sesh other than licking the spoon. I feel like a total baking goddess, tbh.
It got me thinking: the reason that I’ve been doubting my baking abilities since starting this blog is because, no matter how great my bakes turn out, I don’t feel like a true baker in the “traditional” sense of the word. Baking usually goes hand in hand with indulgence, and that’s something that I largely try to steer clear of when creating my blog recipes. That’s not to say that I think indulgent food is a sin, but my goal with Fuelling the Fork is to provide you guys with healthy, flavourful recipes that can be eaten every day. And indulgent food is, in my opinion, not something we should be consuming every day.
At least, not in sizeable quantities.
So, then, when it comes to baking, I aim to use as many whole food ingredients as I can. More recently, as I have slowly moved towards a predominantly plant based diet, this has meant experimenting with alternatives to eggs. As it turns out, there are MANY. From flax eggs to bananas to apple sauce to chia seeds, vegan baking has never been more accessible.
(Side note: This flax egg “recipe” from Minimalist Baker is my go-to).
The only problem is that because vegan baking is such a new entity, there’s no established rules, guidelines or “perfect formula” that one can follow each time to ensure a perfect bake. There aren’t hundreds of thousands of cookbooks on the matter. And sometimes, making a healthier version of a classic recipe can take quite a hefty amount of shifting things around.
Baking is such a science, so this lack of clearly defined “right and wrong” in the vegan baking realm unsettles me a tad.
In a nutshell: I’m the kind of person who likes to approach baking with a very “by the book” approach. General cooking is a different matter, but as soon as chemistry gets involved – WHOAA there, let’s be careful. First time making a baking recipe from a cookbook? I absolutely must make sure that I have all the ingredients specified… otherwise it won’t be perfect!
…Yes, the moll-cat’s tendency to verge towards recipe neurosis has certainly been well documented over the years.
Fun fact: “Moll-cat” is what Andrew has called me ever since his observation that I turn into an inquisitive meerkat after I have ordered my food in a restaurant and have to watch waiters walk past with other customers’ meals.
But you know what? With all this being said, I finally feel confident baking vegan goods. These delightful vegan cinnamon and walnut biscuits are a testament to that. Hell, so were my Chocolate Brownie Cake with Berry Yogurt ‘Buttercream’ and my Healthy Banana Bread with Sultana and Amaretto!
Hm ok, BRB. It seems that a self appreciation party is in order. With vegan cinnamon walnut biscuits as the centrepiece.
Jokes aside, let’s get onto the good stuff. Why should you make these vegan cinnamon walnut biscuits? I mean, what’s the big deal, really?
3 Reasons to Make Vegan Cinnamon Walnut Biscuits
1. Well, just look at them! So fun and festive. These vegan cinnamon walnut biscuits are the perfect opportunity to whip out your cookie cutters (and if you don’t already have some, what are you doing?!)
2. They’re made from super simple ingredients that I bet you already have in your cupboards.
3. It goes without saying really, but they’re delicious. They have a really subtle spiced flavour, a tiny hint of sweetness, and every so often as you bite into them, you’re greeted with a beautiful little hunk of walnut. Each bite is like a step into Christmas.
4. Oh WOOPS, is that a FOURTH reason? —-> They’re the perfect afternoon pick me up.
Convinced? Good. Now go set the oven to 140 degrees fan and measure out your ingredients. In approximately 1 hour from now, you’ll be biting into a warm, crunchy, delicately spiced vegan cinnamon walnut biscuit. Or two.
Or, you know… three. I’m not here to judge…
- 75g oat flour
- 100g wholewheat flour
- 1tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4tsp nutmeg
- 1/4tsp ground cloves
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1/4tsp salt
- 50g walnuts, roughly crushed
- 2 flax eggs
- 75ml maple syrup
- 40ml coconut oil
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Mix with the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Roll out the dough about 1/2cm thick, then use Christmas tree and star cookie cutters to cut out the cookie shapes. Use a small knife to peel the unshaped cookie mixture in between the cookie shapes away. Roll the leftover mix into a ball, then roll out again and repeat until you have about 18 biscuits.
- Place the shapes on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake at 140 degrees fan for 10-15 minutes, then remove, leave to cool for 15 minutes, then put back into the oven for second bake, this time for 15 minutes.