fbpx

The Van GO!

(Energy cookies packed with sunflower seeds)
The perfect snack!
  • Preparation 25 minutes
  • Cooking 15 minutes
  • Power 350°F (180°C)
  • Quantity 12 energy cookies
See ingredients
  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) fat-free plain yogurt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. (15 ml) vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 90 g (3/4 cup) oat flour

  • 70 g (3/4 cup) quick cooking oats (one minute)

  • 15 g (1/4 cup) natural wheat bran

  • 40 g (1/4 cup) chia seeds

  • 30 g (1/4 cup) ground flax seeds

  • 75 g (1/2 cup) sunflower seeds (go all out and add a bit more if you feel like it ;-)

  • 80 g (1/2 cup) raisins

  • Sunflower seeds to garnish

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) fat-free plain yogurt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. (15 ml) vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 90 g (3/4 cup) oat flour

  • 70 g (3/4 cup) quick cooking oats (one minute)

  • 15 g (1/4 cup) natural wheat bran

  • 40 g (1/4 cup) chia seeds

  • 30 g (1/4 cup) ground flax seeds

  • 75 g (1/2 cup) sunflower seeds (go all out and add a bit more if you feel like it ;-)

  • 80 g (1/2 cup) raisins

  • Sunflower seeds to garnish

9 steps

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

  • Put the date puree, yogurt, egg and vanilla into a bowl and mix well.

  • Add the baking soda, baking powder and salt… and give it another stir.

  • Next, add all the remaining ingredients to the mixture. ALL THE OTHER INGREDIENTS? Yes, you read that right: the oat flour, rolled oats, wheat bran, chia seeds, flax seeds and lastly the sunflower seeds and raisins!

  • For the fifth step, mix well. When can you stop stirring together all the ingredients? When the dough is nice and smooth.

  • Watchoutski! This dough is so scrumptious, it’s very tempting to have a taste. Yum, yum, yum…  finger-licking good.

  • Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat or lightly grease it. There’s absolutely no fat whatsoever in this recipe, so if you don’t, you’ll end up scrubbing cookie sheets and… if you’re anything like me, you can think of better things to do – ha! ha!

  • Spoon drop the dough onto the cookie sheet to create nice round shapes and flatten the tops with the back of the spoon. If you feel like it, put a heaped teaspoon of sunflower seeds on top of each cookie and then flatten – to make them stick – with the back of your spoon.

  • Pop the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet or a cooling rack and, if possible, try and resist the temptation of tasting them, well for a little while at least. They’re so delish…

History

How does a healthy cookie full of sunshine sound to you? Here’s my latest version brimming with sunny wholesomeness: The Van GO! An oatmeal cookie chock full of sunflower seeds and raisins and an Oh-what-a-glorious-morning treat! Van GO! Van GO! Van GO! I can’t think of a better way to start the day! (especially since they’re super easy to make ;-)

Good to know as well as eat! Don’t be fooled by their size. Sunflower seeds are just bursting with wholesome nutrients: phosphorus, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamins E, B6, B1 B2 and B3, iron, zinc, folate and magnesium. Is Madame going a bit overboard? Not even.

High in fibre, energy and loads of different vitamins, Van GO! cookies are a delicious alternative to kick start your day. What are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking! Those hectic mornings will never have felt sunnier.

Storage

  • Five days on the counter
  • A good week and a half in the fridge
  • Three months in the freezer

We make life easier with our date purees

We make life easier with our date purees

Date puree - Original

Date puree is high in fibre and that’s why it can keep us going for long periods of time, while letting us enjoy the taste of pure happiness. The natural choice for all your guilt-free treats. Yumski!

100% recyclable packaging.

FAQ

Can I replace yogurt with applesauce?

Yes, always.

Can I use another type of flour than the one specified in the recipe?

Yes, you can simply use any type of flour you have on hand.

What can I use as a substitute for oatmeal?

Any kind of cereal flakes: quinoa, buckwheat, spelt, etc. If you are gluten intolerant, you can buy oatmeal that is certified gluten-free.

Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!