Sorry for being so MIA lately! I escaped for a week long adventure in London with my boyfriend who I hadn’t seen in 7 months.We spent the whole time reconnecting, exploring the city, sightseeing, eating (a lot!), and unplugging from social media/computers. Needless to say, long distance relationships are really hard and nothing can prepare you for that. But I’m happy to say we’re staying strong and it felt like nothing had changed since we’d last seen each other. Anyways, thanks for bearing with me during my little break.
The good news is London breathed some much needed newfound foodie inspiration into me. Now I’m back more excited than ever to share it with you! So to kick it off, I made a batch of super easy raw vegan chai-spiced cookies with a masala chai spice blend I got at Portabello Market, a popular street market in Notting Hill.
I got hooked on vegan chai lattes in London, so much so that I’ve been looking for excuses to put chai spice in anything and everything. Thanks to this shop I found called The Spice Market, I came home with fresh masala chai spice made from cinnamon, cardamom, black peppercorns, ginger, cloves, coriander, and fennel seeds. It adds a spicy and fragrant taste to these cookies that is unmistakably delicious.
I mean, come on, who doesn’t love cookies right? These treats are perfect for snacking or dessert because they’re completely raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and oil-free. There’s no need to limit yourself when it comes to eating clean, whole foods!
All you’ll need is three simple ingredients: gluten-free rolled oats, dates, and a chai spice mix of your choosing. If you don’t want to go stop by the spice shop (which I personally really enjoy doing), then you could always make your own by mixing up a combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper.
I really like the idea of raw vegan cookies because not only do they taste great on their own, but also you can use them to make banana ice cream sandwiches, crumble them on top of smoothie bowls, or even have a couple for breakfast if you’re in a rush.
Of course, I thought it appropriate to eat these cookies alongside a cup of hot masala chai tea. The spicy smell of the tea with the cookies is so comforting to me. Even though it’s summer, it was really chilly in London so I found myself cozying up to tea daily. If you’re unfamiliar with chai tea, it’s a common tea found all over East India and Africa where it’s popularity originated. It’s usually served with milk and sugar, but in my case I opt for almond milk and coconut sugar which tastes just as good.
These cookies are chewy, naturally sweet, spicy, and incredibly comforting. If you’re looking for a new dessert to make or want a clean treat that won’t leave you feeling bogged down, give these a try and let me know what you think. And be sure to share with me on Instagram @asunshinemission!
- 1 1/4 cup dates, pitted
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp masala chai spice mix
- Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until a ball of dough forms.
- Scoop out by the spoonful and roll into balls with your hands.
- Place balls on a cookie sheet and flatten them into cookies.
- Pop them in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
- Serve with chai tea!