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Thin Oat and Ginger Crisps

Today we drove a car on steep mountain roads surrounded by the greenest trees and bluest skies. With music on our radio and the girls singing in the backseat. We ended up in a small village called Porthino da Arrábida. We are in Portugal on holiday and we are loving it.

I am keeping this short since we are trying to minimize our indoor time on this trip. We have prepared cookies for you today, but before we give you the recipe I just wanted thank you for your warming thoughts on our last post about quitting my job. You repetably blow my mind with your kindness and encouragement. I can’t thank you enough for that.

Before we left, we played around with this oat cookie recipe. I remember eating similar cookies at my grandma’s house when I was a kid. They are supposed to be very thin, crispy, sweet and almost melt as they touch your tongue. I am not entirely sure that these cookies are as crispy as grandma’s, but they are rather close. If you use gluten free oats they will be both gluten free and vegan. I am pretty sure her’s wasn’t.



We can assure you that this is one of the easiest and quickest cookie recipe you’ll ever try. They also taste awesome. We gave them a twist by adding a hint of ginger and clove. Just be aware, there is a very fine balance between the perfect amount of clove and too much. One pinch (1/6 tsp) should be just about right.

After a vote on instagram, we also tried using them for an ice cream sandwich. It tasted awesome with some vanilla frozen yogurt. Our only problem was that we played around too long in the sun, so they quickly melted away.


Thin Oat & Ginger Crisps
Makes around 12 – the recipe can easily be doubled. Or tripled …

4 tbsp coconut oil (or butter, if you prefer), room tempered 
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp buckwheat flour
2 tbsp milk (soy/oat/almond/cow)
2/3 cup/200 ml/70 g rolled oats

1 tsp ground ginger
a pinch ground clove
a pinch vanilla extract
a pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. Stir together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spoon up 12 pieces of dough onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Use the backside of a spoon (or your thumb) to flatten it out as thin as you can. They should be slightly larger than 2 inch / 5 cm wide. Bake for about 15-18 minutes or until they get a bit dark around the edges. When warm they will still be soft, but they become crispier as they cool down. Let cool on the sheet for about a minute. After a day they will loose a little of their crisp, but they still taste awesome.


PS. Great news! Our book, The Green Kitchen, will be published in Swedish, by Norstedts Förlag. It will come out Spring 2014. It looks like it will be released in a few other languages too. We will let you know about the other editions as soon as we can.


  1. kendra
    Posted 1 Jul ’13 at 23:23 | #

    I received your new book on my kindle this morning- what a happy surprise as I had preordered it weeks ago. I cant wait to dive into it :) oh and the cookie recipe looks super.

  2. Posted 1 Jul ’13 at 23:46 | #

    Nothing better in the summer than a messy ice cream sandwich. Those cookies look fabulous!

  3. Posted 1 Jul ’13 at 23:48 | #

    YUM!!! I don’t have buckwheat flour on me, maybe I’ll try using spelt? I love oat cookies :)

  4. Posted 1 Jul ’13 at 23:59 | #

    I’m so happy that you are visiting my country and enjoying it! Have you been to Nazaré and Obidos? Are you going south, to visit the beaches? I recommend Lagos! I can provide you with more ideas on where to go! I hope this trip inspires you to make many more delicious recipes like these crisps

  5. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 00:14 | #

    So simple and perfect. These look especially amazing turned into ice-cream sandwiches! I haven’t baked anything for way too long.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday :)

  6. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 00:55 | #

    Yum! I’m a sucker for anything crispy and oat-based. And I love the idea of adding ginger and clove instead of the traditional cinnamon.

    Have a magnificent holiday – I’m already jealous from your instagram photos!

  7. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 01:35 | #

    Oh, these cookies are just beautiful! I can’t wait to make them for my GF and vegan friends. The ingredient list looks fabulous, as do those ice cream sandwiches. Yum!!! Congrats on your book, too!

  8. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 01:45 | #

    Wow, Portugal, I hope you are having a fantastic time. Have a few pasteis de nada on me. These cookies look delicious, just like the sort of cookies I would use to console myself over not being in Portugal right now.

  9. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 01:56 | #

    Yum!! These look delicious. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  10. Pat
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 01:57 | #

    How did you know I was looking for oatmeal cookies? Have them in the oven right now. My husband and I have had a lot of fun making your recipes. Our palates are changing to a more plant based diet. NEVER thought it would happen.

  11. kimpeck
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 01:57 | #

    these look absolutely divine! i can’t wait to try them :)
    i just ordered your book from the UK – the cover & title are way cooler than the one published here in the USA. i can’t wait to read it cover to cover!!
    (it would be so great to have a ‘print’ button for the recipe…)

  12. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 02:20 | #

    They sound Delish! I love clove too but yes there is a fine line that should not be crossed. On my list to cook. Thanks

  13. isabel
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 03:46 | #

    hi, so proud to now your in my country, just hope you`ll find it so precious , although small sized it has great lovely people, nature and such delicious and diversified local food from north to south ; dont miss lisbon,sintra and tavira ; your work gives me an extra breath , thanks !

  14. krynkals
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 08:15 | #

    Awesome! This is so in time. I`m sure my daughter who is 15m old will love them(sans the sweetener), so as we. Ever since i bumped to your website(looking for vege kids recipes and some guidelines) i love it! Thank you for your work and commitment! Have a nice, warm and sunny vacation

  15. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 08:28 | #

    These cookies look SO good and simple to prepare, I need to make them soon! Enjoy your vacation in sunny Portugal!!!

  16. celine
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 09:07 | #

    They look delicious…and Elsa is so pretty!
    Thank you for the recipe, will try it soon. I am making the flower power cake for Saturday! Happy holiday.

  17. Line Stenholt Jokumsen
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 09:25 | #

    Kommer jeres kogebog nogensinde på dansk? Har købt den på engelsk, men der er flere af ingredienserne som google translate ikke forstår.:-D

    PS: Nomnomnomnomnom! Lækre småkager!

  18. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 09:28 | #

    Okay, I subscribed to your blog on sunday and today tuesday, I pretty much know what the pictures will be when I click on the a recipe on the index, because I have looked at them so much, and they are beautiful, inspiring and delicious, don’t even have to try them to know that.
    You are inspiring me loads for my own blog, which I recently began, although I have been cooking for ages! Thanks!

  19. Kristina
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 09:28 | #

    Thank you for the recipe!! Love your site and app! Will definately try these cookies soon. :)


  20. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 09:35 | #

    Enjoy the beautiful weather in Portugal and if you have the chance visit the beaches of Carvalhal (Pego) and Comporta. They are my favourites!
    Just so you know, you have some fans also here, I love your book! ;)

  21. Giulia
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 09:54 | #

    Oh about the book.. my mum would looooooove to have it in German since her English is very limited :/ Looking forward to it ;)

    Lovely recipe! Gonna try it soon!


  22. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 10:24 | #

    What a recipe! It seems delicious!

  23. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 10:25 | #

    Oh yes, these are going on my weekend to-bake list. Thin, crispy, ginger perfection.

  24. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 11:19 | #

    I bet that some lemon zest would taste right at home in these cookies. I look forward to trying them!

    Enjoy Portugal and its generous sun!

  25. Ana
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 11:28 | #

    I’m so happy just to know you are in Portugal! There are beautiful, well preserved villages along the whole atlantic coast, as well as amazing beaches scattered… many of them are hard to find, I hope you find our own secret favorite spots :). If you ever release the book in Portuguese, it is a sure gift for my mother. And last but not least, these cookies look simple and amazing!

  26. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 11:44 | #

    Great pictures! I think that ginger is one of my favourite flavours right now.

  27. Sonja
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 12:20 | #

    Dear David, Luise and Elsa,

    have fun in Portugal! We have been at the Algarve 2 years ago with our daughter (being 3 then). There is a wonderful beach: Praia dos Tres Irmaos near Alvor 10 km east of Lagos. The next beach on the other side of the cliffs is called Praia do Canico near Alvor . You get there by an elevator with a little beach café in the rocks. Before, you park your car outside an area of holiday houses and follow the signs to the Canico bar. The beach is absolutely gorgeous, calm and huge rocks around. We stayed in the QUinta das Barradas (quintadasbarradas.com) with child care (for only 4 children when we were there), but it is no real “animation”. If you would like to go somewhere with Yoga you could chose for a little hotel called reguengo (reguengo.de) in the Alentejo (but far from the beach). If you would like to rent a house/appartment near Lagos there is a friend of mine called Annegret Pannewitz who works for casa-feria.de.

    I just wanted to send you these little hints, happy holiday,

    Sonja from Germany

  28. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 13:34 | #

    These sound like a total dream! LOVE this idea!

  29. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 14:37 | #

    Love the look of these! I’ve got friends coming for dinner tonight and wanted a quick and simple recipe for dessert – I’m going to make these and use them to sandwich some blueberry ice cream I have in the freezer. Thank you!

  30. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 15:43 | #

    It really looks like you are having a nice holiday. Enjoy your time as much as you can and don’t think too much about us (your readers), I think we all understand. The recipe looks great too, just as all the ones you’ve posted. Congratulations for your work, it’s marvellous! Looking forward to having your book for my birthday in a few weeks.

  31. krynkals
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 16:07 | #

    Ok, UPDATE! I made them! And made another batch- right now is in the oven! They are really delicious and very easy.

  32. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 18:48 | #

    How I’ve missed your posts! Definitely will try these ones out. I bought your cookbook the other day and I’m so insanely impressed, so many delicious and fantastic recipes that all look ridiculously good. Not that I was expecting any less from you guys. Thanks for being such an inspiration to us younger bloggers, your website was one of the first I read when I became vegetarian and has been a wonderful help in getting awesome meals into my diet again! :)

  33. Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 20:24 | #

    Can’t wait to try them, they look so delicious! On my to do list for this summer…

  34. Brenda
    Posted 2 Jul ’13 at 22:41 | #

    My coconut oil was pretty runny, due to the overly warm weather we’re having, so I added 1 more Tbsp of buckwheat flour. They’re in the oven now…will be making another cup of coffee for pairing. Thanks for this recipe!

  35. Posted 3 Jul ’13 at 01:08 | #

    These look so delicious! My mom makes similar cookies and they are sweet and crunch and perfect. I love the idea of adding clove and ginger! I can’t wait to try them!

  36. Posted 3 Jul ’13 at 04:47 | #

    I made these cookies twice today; they were lovely! The first time I tried the recipe, I thought something must be wrong because the cookie “dough” was more like a runny batter. I improvised and added in a tablespoon of flax, extra buckwheat and some organic chocolate chips. They were nice, but after reading the other comments I realized other people were having success following the recipe. I tried it again according to your instructions, and it actually turned out just fine. I shouldn’t have doubted you the first time!

    Also, the black bean power cookies are awesome, too. I’ve made other black bean cookies and yours are the best!


  37. Posted 3 Jul ’13 at 05:43 | #

    yumm, just made these so easy and so delicious. Thanks for giving me continued inspiration to lead a happier healthier lifestyle with your easy recipes and awesome lives.

  38. Posted 3 Jul ’13 at 09:22 | #

    It seams to be the perfect cookies for after the beach! Sorry for my bad english, i’m french and i live with husband and our 4 kids in the south west coast of Portugal. Oh! and my kids love our huge pancake receipe. Its now The Sunday breakfast for us! If you have time, beaches and country side around Aljezur , Amoreira beach its our favorit, are beautifull. The touwn of Lagos too, but its so crowdy at this season. Have a nice time in this wonderfull country.

  39. Posted 3 Jul ’13 at 16:00 | #

    Yum! Ice-cream sandwich! I’ve been thinking of these lately! Your photos are beautiful. I love children’s hands, they look so cute!

  40. Posted 3 Jul ’13 at 22:57 | #

    these look so delicious!

  41. Violette
    Posted 4 Jul ’13 at 00:54 | #

    Would it be possible to substitute flaxseed meal or oat bran instead of the buckwheat flour? I think so but happy to hear any advice on that kind of substitution. Merci!

  42. Posted 4 Jul ’13 at 05:18 | #

    This recipe looks really good. I can’t wait it give it a try.

  43. Camille
    Posted 4 Jul ’13 at 05:59 | #

    These are just brilliant – my “soulmate cookie” (I think that is possible?) combining all of my favorite things in a simple and easy way!

    I’ve already made them, and they are so, so delicious. I may have to make more right now. Thank you!

  44. Julia
    Posted 4 Jul ’13 at 18:49 | #

    Your photography is beautiful, and your recipes are a delight to read. Best wishes in your future!

  45. Posted 5 Jul ’13 at 13:24 | #

    This looks so jummy, love the photos!

  46. Posted 5 Jul ’13 at 22:47 | #

    Oh, what a wonderful recipe! I love it, and you can be damn sure I will try it soon – nothing containing ginger passes me unnoticed :D

  47. Maggie
    Posted 6 Jul ’13 at 15:44 | #

    Made this yesterday afternoon! Such a yummy snack. Of course, I tried mine as an ice cream sandwich with some reduced-fat vanilla. Perfect summer treat!

  48. Posted 6 Jul ’13 at 19:00 | #

    they look simple and delicious!!! ideal for my next afternoon in Arrabida or in any beach of this beautiful country!!! Portugal sun and sea roooooocks!!!! I hope you enjoy it! Much love

  49. Posted 7 Jul ’13 at 00:44 | #

    These were truly wonderful. I brought them with me going out with my friends in the Stockholm archipelago and they were a success as a late night snack in the summer evening. Thanks again.

  50. Posted 7 Jul ’13 at 18:42 | #

    And I’d love to help you translate the book into swedish if there’s any need for that!

  51. Posted 8 Jul ’13 at 17:51 | #

    Great recipe. What are the best alternatives to buckwheat flower?

  52. Maria Pyrishi
    Posted 9 Jul ’13 at 06:46 | #

    Hi guys, i am a fun of your website! I just love it!
    I am just about to buy a Vitamix, and I am not sure which model shall I choose.
    Would you recommend any? Which one do you have?

  53. Posted 10 Jul ’13 at 00:49 | #

    Your pictures are divine. Everything looks almost too good to eat!

  54. Vero
    Posted 10 Jul ’13 at 07:56 | #

    I cooked these in my new oven and they were furzin’ delicioso!! I almost pipi’d in my pantalonas! Thanks for the recipe! kthxbai

  55. Posted 10 Jul ’13 at 21:37 | #

    I can’t possibly express how delicious that looks. Seriously.

  56. Heather E.
    Posted 12 Jul ’13 at 18:50 | #

    Can’t wait to make yet another delicious recipe from you guys!
    >> Heather from Texas :)

  57. Gwen
    Posted 13 Jul ’13 at 04:34 | #

    Just discovered your blog and have already tried a few of the salad recipes–they were delicious. Love the photos!
    Gwen from Chicago

  58. Posted 14 Jul ’13 at 01:00 | #

    These bikkies are yummy! Great recipe. I was just a bit confused as to why they are labelled gluten free when they have oats in them?

  59. Elin
    Posted 15 Jul ’13 at 18:57 | #

    Great to hear that your book is coming in swedish! I really look forward buying it. Love your blog, beautiful pictures and great recipes! I would love it if you’d publish another post in swedish… Take care!

  60. Theresia
    Posted 17 Jul ’13 at 15:23 | #

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s so simple and they taste amazing. I tried one batch (I’ve lost count on how many I’ve made) with cinnamon and cardamom – also yummy.

    Tip: I put the dough between two baking sheets and use a rolling pin to make the dough really thin. Then I use a glass to click out cookies.

  61. Greg
    Posted 17 Jul ’13 at 17:30 | #

    Adorable kid! Good genes, I guess.

  62. Posted 18 Jul ’13 at 13:45 | #

    Yummm! oats and ginger, what a nutritious combination! I think Elsa has the right idea with that cookie sandwich ;)

  63. Posted 23 Jul ’13 at 01:00 | #

    Made these this afternoon and blogged about them http://gourmetmom.blogspot.ca/2013/07/gluten-free-ginger-oat-crisps-i-have.html
    Thanks so much for yet another delish. recipe! :)

  64. Posted 23 Jul ’13 at 15:03 | #

    It’s like I want to make something like that now!!!
    Cool post :)

  65. Breanna
    Posted 30 Jul ’13 at 04:08 | #

    This is my new favorite cookie recipe! I have made them so many times since the post, with many different variations. The latest one I added a couple blueberries to the batter- fantastic! Thanks so much!

  66. Posted 30 Jul ’13 at 20:35 | #

    these are great with tea. I added cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of cardamon the second time around and will be keeping the recipe for sure!

  67. Posted 31 Jul ’13 at 14:35 | #

    I am Portuguese living in Prague at the moment. Portinho da Arrabida is magic! One of my favorite places for summer! Hope you enjoyed! The cookies look great and the pictures are so inspiring! Thanks so much!

  68. Anne MC
    Posted 9 Aug ’13 at 09:13 | #

    I have tried these yesterday as the oven was on for our main meal. Unsure if the 3 boys in the family would like these (I knew I would love them) I just did 4 beautiful brown-on-the-edge little crisps replacing the maple syrup with wild cherry syrup I had made the week before. Wow, they are indeed delicious, snappy, tasty, hint of butter. Such a pity we had to content with just one each! Thanks. Anne

  69. Posted 12 Aug ’13 at 23:04 | #

    These thin oat and ginger crisps sound delicious. I think the idea of sandwiching them between some frozen yogurt sounds like a wonderful suggestion.

  70. Vera Fidalgo
    Posted 1 Sep ’13 at 13:14 | #

    Greetings from Portugal!! I just tried your thin oat and ginger crisps last Friday and they were absolutely delicious, way above my expectations!!
    Everybody loved them at home, so I’ll be making more again tonight, for sure!! I’ve replaced oats with rye flakes and the maple syrup with rice jelly, but it turned out very good anyway!
    You’re work is very inspiring and I just want to thank you for all the easy and incredibly tasteful ideas that you share with all the community! No wonder you are getting blog awards!!
    I am a huge fan of the raw buckwheat pouridge, but I often do the ‘Oh she glows’ version, because it’s easier to prepare on a daily basis, though.
    I just saw the orange and vanilla overnight oats recipe and I’ll be experimenting that one shortly too!!

  71. Lotti
    Posted 6 Sep ’13 at 23:25 | #

    Love the recipe – no use of sugar but maple syrup! Thank you! Can’t wait to make these!!!

  72. christina
    Posted 7 Sep ’13 at 16:58 | #

    First of all, I love your photographs and the healthy recipes. Your site caught my attention for that supreme combination and your beautiful country! This was the first recipe of yours that I tried and it turned out so good! My 2 yr old loved it too!

  73. Amy
    Posted 12 Sep ’13 at 13:27 | #

    Your cookie thins look amazing! I had two goes at making these and they are not terrible, but certainly nothing like yours! The first lot were really chewy…the second, just not so yum! I even followed the recipe perfectly, except I substituted maple syrup for honey (especially the second time round!) Anyone else had any problems with these? Any suggestions?

  74. Sandeepa
    Posted 26 Sep ’13 at 07:09 | #

    I am not sure what I did wrong! I doubled the recipe and ended up with a runny batter. Added spelt flour and in the end the cookies did turn out great. Are your measurements similar to Australian?

  75. Posted 12 Nov ’13 at 15:38 | #

    I’ve had this recipe saved on my bookmarks for ages now and I’ve been dying to test it out! I’ve made a few little changes but they are in the oven right now :) If they work out, I’m hoping to put them on my relatively new blog!

  76. Posted 21 Dec ’13 at 14:26 | #

    Perfect! thanks for the recipe

  77. Inez
    Posted 29 Jan ’14 at 10:18 | #

    Made a double batch of these today substituting the maple syrup for rice malt syrup and they got a big thumbs up! We added a little extra rice malt syrup and a little extra ginger just because we love ginger in our house and to make them a little more sticky when we rolled them out. A really lovely biscuit to satisfy the craving for something sweet without having to eat 20 of them! Thank you.

  78. Jess
    Posted 6 Feb ’14 at 21:04 | #

    These are completely amazing!! I’ve made the crisps several times and they are sooo tasty! I was just wondering if you made the vanilla frozen yoghurt yourself or if you have a recipe on the “ice cream part” of this recipe. Have a great day! :)

  79. Posted 26 Mar ’14 at 03:15 | #

    best cookies ever! i used nutmeg instead and it tasted amazing :) i wanted to eat it all

  80. Courtney
    Posted 26 Mar ’14 at 21:57 | #

    Yummy. I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand so I improvised a little and they turned out great! I did end up wetting my fingers a tad to help shape the crisps. And I made them about the size of a normal cookie so it yielded less. I used a silpat mat and baked them about 20 min.- they were perfectly golden and crisp on the edges with a crunchy bottom.
    2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
    3 tbsp applesauce
    2 tbsp honey
    2 tbsp chia seeds, ground into a flour
    2 tbsp water
    generous 2/3 cup rolled oats
    1 tsp ground ginger
    a pinch of pumpkin pie spice
    a pinch salt

  81. Grace
    Posted 22 Nov ’14 at 21:33 | #

    Excellant recipe. I am going to try a part of a batch with a tablespoon of unsweetened fine coconut flakes.

  82. Julia
    Posted 6 Dec ’14 at 13:10 | #

    Just made them for my grandfather – with some extra flaxseed, sesame and some fresh grated apple – they taste awesome! Thank you so much :)

  83. Posted 25 Jan ’15 at 03:50 | #

    I made them and they turned out like a crumble instead of a cookie. No idea what didn’t work out. The taste was amazing so I still used it :D

  84. Posted 30 Jan ’15 at 02:31 | #

    Oatmeal is a perfect powder. I have been using it for over 2 years. I love having it for my breakfast. I will try this recipe

  85. Alex Green
    Posted 12 Sep ’15 at 00:54 | #

    These cookies were absolutely lovely! I had to add lots more oats than directed but mine turned out just like the picture- crispy and perfectly sweet. I will definitely make these again…

  86. Tina
    Posted 16 Sep ’15 at 10:31 | #

    You guuuuuuys, those are AMAZING! I was making a batch for a friend but just ate half of them right away :).

  87. Posted 30 Jan ’17 at 16:43 | #

    These are completely amazing!! I’ve made the crisps several times and they are sooo tasty! I was just wondering if you made the vanilla frozen yoghurt yourself or if you have a recipe on the “ice cream part” of this recipe.

    Have a great day! :)

  88. Floriane
    Posted 11 Mar ’17 at 07:29 | #

    I keep doing these over and over again. They taste so damn good! I really appreciate the ground ginger’s flavor, which give these biscuits a unique taste. I swapped the buckwheat flour for rice though.

  89. Stephanie
    Posted 25 Jul ’17 at 22:38 | #

    I used coconut flour instead of buckwheat since I didn’t have any and my cookies didn’t spread like yours (I made sure to flatten beyond 2 inches) and they fell apart as soon as I took them off of the tray. Could it have been the coconut flour? Thank you!

  90. Helen
    Posted 1 Jan ’18 at 11:11 | #

    We had some Self-made almond oil flavoured with vanilla left which I used instead of coconut oil. I also changed buckwheat flour into chestnut flour and marple syrup into date syrup. Nevertheless, they were great :)

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