Butternut Squash Barley Vegan Cookies are packed with the goodness of seasonal fruit and healthy grains. The delicious blend of the ingredients brings out a flavorful and nutritious dessert. It is perfect to satisfy the sweet cravings at odd hours. These cookies are so nutritious that they serve well as a pre – workout snack.
Butternut Squash is technically a fruit but it is mainly used as vegetables most of the times. It is at its peak as of now and absolutely versatile.
I have never used barley flour before in my cooking. However, as far as my memory goes my mom had introduced me to barley flour when I was a kid. In olden times, in India, barley (powdered form) was used as a medicinal ingredient to cure simple digestive problems. At that time I never thought that barley could be used for such delicious desserts as well.
In my attempt to use barley flour, I learnt a lot about this nutritious and healthy grain. Barley helps in maintaining healthy weight. It also helps in managing blood pressure and is a good source of manganese. It is versatile and tastes well in many recipes. Barley works very well in a soup form or a pilaf form. In the dessert form I used barley flour for the first time and my family loved it. In fact my in laws are visiting me and they went gaga over these Butternut Squash Barley Vegan Cookies.
The soft and chewy yet delectable treat is absolutely desirable. These cookies are super easy to bake. The only trick to these cookies is to cook very well for longer time at a lower temperature.
For this, I boiled butternut squash in just enough water and drained it. Later, I blended it smooth along with maple syrup and vanilla extract. In a large mixing bowl, I combined barley flour, baking powder and salt. Thereafter, I folded in squash puree along with soaked flax meal. Afterwards, I mixed them very well. Later, with the help of a cookie scoop I placed the cookies on the prepared cookie sheet. Lastly, I placed the cookie sheet in the middle rack of the preheated oven for about 40 minutes.
The cookies rose very well and looked beautiful. I was delighted with the outcome of these cookies. I have found my new favorite dessert to satisfy my ever demanding sweet tooth.